Finally went to the doctor on Friday. Not good news. She says my Achilles is inflammed and I need to stop running for at least a month. I felt like I was hit by a truck. Worst. News. Ever. But it was something that I needed to hear. I kept saying to myself before the visit that I only need a week or two off. No, I need more. She also said that after the month to start back on the elliptical, than after a week or 2 of that then I can start running again gradually. Also no "leg weights". I had been doing that and she believes that has been aggravating it. She did recommend swimming. I told her I also go on the bike. She said I could still do that, but be careful of over extending. Here's the doctor's note.
I also discussed with her my state of mind. It has not been very good the last few months. I wrote down a list of my problems that I was reading to her and when I got to the "depression", "hard to focus" and "Organzing process is not as good as it used to be" I started getting tears in my eyes. I used to have pride in how efficient I used to be, but finding myself disorganzed the last few months has scared the crap out of me. This is more serious than just not being able to run. It's my mental state as well. She figures it has been stress and that my usual outlet of running is no longer there and it is building up. Ugh, tell me about it.
The doctor gave me some Celebrex for the inflammation and told me to keep exercising, just be careful with the ankles and don't over do it. I had already signed up for the Around The Bay relay, so I will have to bow out of that. :( I hadn't actually signed up for any other races yet, but I had intended on doing the Mississauga 1/2 marathon in May. I think any 1/2 marathon this spring is out of the question. I think since I will be focusing on swimming & cycling this winter I will sign up for the sprint triathlon in Guelph in June. The running portion is only 5k and I hope that this will give me enough time to be able to run that as well as improve my swimming & cycling.
My hope is that I will be ready in late February or early March to start running. Give my ankles the rest that they need and then to start kicking ass for the tri in June. After that, I'm not sure. I may only do a 1/2 this fall. It will be dependent on how my body feels in June of course. I'm afraid going for a full marathon this year won't give the adequate rest my body needs.
I miss you, running... but I will be back in the spring.