My qualifying time of 3:42 has been verified and my name has been added to the formal entry list! (Just cause you registered doesn’t mean you’re in. You’re not in ‘til you’re IN).
As I sit here not being able to walk it is hard to imagine running this race in 176 days.
This entry verification is what I need to stay focused and optimistic. To get to the bottom of this injury and to heal into a faster, stronger and smarter runner.
- Tonight: Drink beer and eat wings (it is Saturday night after all).
- Next 2-3 weeks: Crutches. No weight on left leg at all. Possible swimming with a buoy. Oprah. Drive thrus. Ass growth. Unsolicited bouts of crying.
- Mid November: Introduce water running, swimming, walking, maybe cycling.
- January 1st: Walk/running.
- January 15: Start marathon training. By far my shortest training cycle (12 weeks), but it’s what I can do.
This is my wish list timeline. I could have setbacks. I could not heal swiftly. My doc seems to think I can run Boston and I’m going with that until further notice. I need to believe.
It’s kind of like a birth plan when you have a baby. You hope to high hell you don’t crap the delivery table or spew profanities at your husband or forget to breathe or wait too long to get the epidural or take drugs at all if you don’t want to. But on the day itself you have to be willing to surrender to reality for the health of you child, whatever that is. Best advice my doc ever gave me was to have a plan, but realize it might not go just so. Because much to my chagrin I did crap and I did spew and I did do drugs.
About running the marathon: “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering
About the crutches and injury: “I never thought it was humanly possible, but this both sucks and blows.” – Bart Simpson
Blowing and sucking,