Monday, July 4, 2011

I have a dilemma

Well, I have a decision to make.

I've been registered for the Boilermaker 15k since winter, the race is closed, and it's coming up on Sunday.  I love this race for many reasons, and this summer marks my fifth year in a row running it. 

Although I'm not sure if I can do it.

I haven't been able to run for over 4 weeks due to my sprained foot.  I've rested, iced, had orthotics made for my running shoes.  I've been swimming more, and biking when I can. I've broken the orthotics in gradually, and last Tuesday I ran 2 miles, no sweat.  Thursday I ran 2 miles, no sweat.  Saturday I ran 3 fabulous miles, and felt great. 

Saturday night and Sunday morning, the foot pain was back.  And that new knee pain was there too, which I'm hoping is due to the orthotics.

So on Sunday I swam, and have no pain today.

As much as I want to run my race Sunday, I could probably run/walk it, I don't know if it's such a great idea.  I have Irongirl coming up in August, and this week I start marathon training for NYC. 

I don't want to jeopardize those races for the Boilermaker.

I heard that there is a waiting list of people hoping to get a spot for Sunday, so at least I could help someone out if I bail out. 

I see the podiatrist on Wednesday for a follow-up and I know what he's going to say.

But I need to decide today.

Bummer.


On a bright note, I picked a winner for the Gotein giveaway, congrats Ozone3!

Happy Fourth!


28 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh Molly that stinks!

Sorry the foot pain continues. Sounds like as much as you don't want to, giving up the Boilermaker for the sake of your tri and NYC sounds like the wise plan.

Hope you get some answers on your foot. Let us know what you decide.

Happy 4th!

SupermomE12 said...

Sorry Molly! Ugh. My advice would be to either walk it for fun, or just skip it... your other races are more important and what is MOST important is getting healed. I hope it it feeling better soon!!!
Hugs!

Raquelita said...

Oh, that is a dilemma! I'm really sorry to read that you are still having foot pain - hopefully it is just due to adjusting to the orthotics. I know you really want to run this race, but it sounds like it might not fit with the bigger plan and your recovery.

kristen said...

Grrrr. This sucks! I'm so sorry. I understand your frustration.

It's probably not worth it Molly. Over the span of your life, this is just one little race. There will be many MANY more to come for you!

And you have a marathon to think about. That's the real goal right?

Kelley said...

Ugh! That's a bummer about your foot pain. I agree, sounds like the Boilermaker is a pass so you can be ready for your other races.
Just think how happy someone will be to get into a closed race! You will make their day.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Ditch it. Go volunteer instead and still have the fun!

Ryan said...

BOOO!! So bummed for you and feel your pain and frustration. Pass and volunteer maybe? You have BIG things on the horizon and want to be 100% for those! Thinking of you!

Johann said...

I have some favourite races like that bas well and know how you feel. This one I must say may be the one to rather miss and be safe. You have great goals coming later and rather put all (including rest and recovery) into those.

~Andrea~ said...

I'm so sorry!! I know what a bummer that is. I'm gonna agree with everyone else and say "don't push it" this time. You have bigger races/goals you want to do so give this to another runner and cheer them on at the sidelines. Injuries SUCK!!!

Suzy said...

Oh no. I know how much you look forward to this one. Even so, I'd let it go and continue to figure out what is going on so you don't hurt yourself further. Plus, if your longest run is 3 miles...it is a far cry from a 15k...which may lead to more pains even if you were going in pain free.

trifitmom said...

not an easy choice but i think you know what to do....

Michael said...

I have to agree with others on here. I wouldn't let it jeopardize your upcoming races. It's just one race, you'll have more to come!

Penny said...

I's with the others. It not worth injurying your foot any worst. I wouldnt do the Boilermaker. I know it is hard to pass it up, but you need to take care of your foot for later down the road.

Jill said...

It's so hard, and it sucks, to have to give up a race (Um, if I don't do the one I'm signed up for in August, that will be 6 this heel fiasco has left me sidelined. OUCH, that's a lot of money!). But be smart and do the right thing. One of my issues with my heel (one of about a thousand) is that I ran on a sprained ankle one too many times.

Tara said...

Booo! I'm sorry Molly, this stinks. :(

PLEASE don't run if your ankle hurts, I wouldn't have been in the mess that I was in if I had just rested instead of running with a hurtie booty (lol). That hurty booty turned into ITB issues, etc.

I know it's a tough decision and I know how much you like the Boilermaker too, maybe that foot will be better by Sunday. Are they giving you any clue about what is wrong with it? Damn, we're all falling apart.

ajh said...

I would say don't do it. Can you get the money for the Boilermaker from whoever gets your number? It is worth it to take the time to heal.

Wells L said...

Boy can I relate to pain . . . and the BIG PAIN in the BUTT that it can cause. I'm so sorry. I can "hear" your conflicted state. Not that my opinion matter much, but I am a big fan of doing the race because you love it so and your marathon training starts and it could be counted toward that. THAT SAID - I think you should do more walking than running. I think the focus should be about having fun and taking in the atmosphere of the race, supporting other racers, and being kind to yourself. I think you could do a walk/run interval like 1:5 or something that you feel comfortable doing. Totally up to you of course, just think if you do it gently you'll be okay.
I'm so sorry the pain continues - how frustrating - you've been sooo good about following the advice of your doctor.
Hey just thought of another idea - could you be a race volunteer and maybe get a comp for next year's race that way you're still involved in the race but not putting your foot/knee in jeopardy? Just a thought.
Can't wait to hear what you decide. Good luck ((hugs)).

Happy 4th!

Pam said...

Ugh, I'm so frustrated for you! But I say don't run it. You've got bigger fish to fry this year, and it's hard to fry big fish with a jacked up foot. Or so I hear.

Anne said...

REally sorry about the pain...

I agree with the majority...skip this one and save yourself for the upcoming bigger events. Jeff makes a great suggestion...volunteering for it could be fun :)

Online Casino said...

its sorrowful you have leg pain, i think you should tale a little rest.

J said...

This totally stinks - such a hard decision. It stinks to have to miss Boilermaker but I am sure you will be able to run it next year and I will too so maybe then we will finally meet up!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I know I am late to the party and I dont know what you picked, its a tough decision. Especially a race you really like, if it was me, I would have rulk it, or just walked it.

Laura said...

Such a drag...hope it all works out..this is a big fear of mine -signing up and then not being able to run...

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Well dammit. You are now the second person that is bailing out of the Boilermaker and I am running the race all by myself. Who will be there to witness my embarrassment at my inevitable crash and burn at mile 7? Nobody!

Hmpff.

If you must heal your foot for some silly thing like a marathon, well just go ahead then. I will drink your beer and eat your free lunch post-race by myself.

double hmpff.

Colleen said...

I'm with the others... it's just not worth it! :( Hard decision, but probably the right one!

Katie H said...

That is a bummer. I wish I was running the race too. I gave my entry to someone else. My best friend emailed me today- her husband was set to run the race but wasn't ready for it. He emailed the director and they allowed him to defer his entry to 2012, no problem. So maybe you can do that?

P.Richard said...

what type of dilemma, i am not getting much.

Rita said...

When I finished the Ghost Ship mission, I came back and Miranda and Jack were in an argument.