So the MRI confirmed it. M has a tibial stress fracture and a small meniscal tear.
I swear, I couldn’t be more upset if it were my own leg. 😦
So this first-time marathoner will officially be making her maiden voyage solo. Guess I’d better be making me one heck of a playlist!!!
My 20-miler was today. It went pretty well. My ONLY goal for today was to get in the distance and to keep the knee as happy as possible. I succeeded at both. The time was not impressive, but considering all the walking (mostly for the knee’s sake–see goal #2) and the time that I spent coming back by the house for a pit stop and to change shoes (breaking in a new pair), I can’t be too upset about the finish time. Yes, I include all my stops in my time. Once I hit that start button with my first step, I don’t hit stop until I’m done.
I did find myself feeling sluggish though. When I got up into the double digits I was like, “UGH! Why are my legs so DEAD??? I’ve run these distances before!!!”
Then it hit me.
Until this week, the most I had run in a 7-day period was 30 miles. It was at about that mark that my knee started acting up and I started cutting out midweek runs. At the end of 20 miles today, that put my 7-day total for this week at 46 miles. No freakin’ wonder my legs were like lead! It was because I messed with my schedule last weekend and ran on Sunday instead of Saturday. Sunday’s 15, Wednesday’s 5, Thursday’s 6, and Saturday’s 20 added up without me realizing it. I was just so excited to be able to run at at manageable pain level again that I just RAN and didn’t do the math! Oh well, it all worked out.
All aboard the taper train!!!