I got the results from my MRI today and it look like my running career has come to an end due to Cervical Disk Disease. At a minimum, we are talking a year or two with physical therapy or other treatments with no guarantees that the pain won’t re-occur if I start running again.
A possible resolution is surgery to either fuse the affected vertebrae or replace the disks. In either case no running for me for at least a long time. I’m going to really miss running.
Some other things I can do is use an elliptical, a spinner, ride a bike, light weights, and swimming. I’m not really into any of those right now but I’m sure something will piqué my interest and get me off my butt. I’ve already gained 17 pounds in a month of no running. I have some soul-searching to do and find a way out of the funk I’m in. At least I finished a marathon before I was sidelined. A goal I’m very proud of and it was worth every one of the approximately 1,899,200 training steps I ran to get there for a total of 2,004,000 steps.
Today was my 5 mile run. The weather was nice and I was looking forward to it. Starting out on the route with the biggest hill, I went at a nice and steady pace up the first hill. Rounding the corner the hill grade isn’t as steep so I was able to pick up the pace a bit. Steadying my breathing and getting into the groove I was just trucking along. Then all of a sudden a stepped on a rock or something and almost rolled my left ankle. It went over pretty far but not completely over. I have rolled my ankle before, the right one, so I know what it feels like and how far over is too far. At first I thought “OH CRAP! My half marathon is a little over a week away and my marathon a little over a month!” while I ran hopped on one foot for a few steps and started assessing the damage. I stepped down lightly and it wasn’t too bad. Limped a few more steps, still running mind you to see if I could continue. A little more pressure for a few steps, I probably should be walking by now but no, still running. It seemed ok, just a little sore across the top. I figured at this point I could keep going and just be ready to stop if it start really hurting. It was ok for the following 4 1/2 miles so I guess it will be ok. No bruising but it is still a little sore on the inside between my ankle and heel. Naproxen and rest for tomorrow. Here is how it went today.
I have 18 on tap for Saturday.