I went to ugent care last night since all the day appointments were taken. I actually ended up with a very nice doc who took the time to listen to my concerns. My issues are muscular, not bone. He prescribed me a week's worth of a somewhat agressive prednisone treatment to help with the healing process and adjusted my asthma meds. While I'm on the pred, he suggested no analgesics, but to use ice instead and gave me an Rx for vicodin, along with a heating pad if I need it at night.
It looks like my 4:45/sub 5 hour marathon is not going to happen this time, that's if I'm able to particpate at all. If it comes to a DNS I'm OK with it. If that's the case, I'll volunteer at the track club tent at mile 23 or something. Michael is still good to go and there's no reason why he can't go. Heh, if I participate we might finish together, which we've never done before... I ususally have about an hour lead on him. There will be other marathons this year and the bulk of the big events are in the fall, such as the Chicago Marathon or the California International Marathon. As of right now I'm planning to participate on June 1, however I'm not going to kill myself trying. Right now the workouts are all about yoga and stretching per the doctor's suggestions. Cardio for the next two weeks is out, even swimming. I really need to be careful with my nutrition right now. I got used to all that carb loading, and now I have to back off. Nutrition shouldn't be too hard, though, as long as I track it on fitday.
A friend of mine asked me if I was upset getting injured with only a few weeks left to the marathon, and I said I actually was not upset. ( I was upset about not being selected for the Nike HM.) I really am OK with not running in it, if it comes down to that. If I do run in it, I'm OK with chucking my 4:45 goal and bring a camera to take pictures along the way -- turn it into a different day for myself -- make it more of a photo-journailism thing instead of a personal record thing. You know, the whole "when life gives you lemons" thing. As Tom (Tom's New Ballpark) always says "PMA." (Positive Mental Attitude.)
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