Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Whew!

Yesterday's trip to the doctor was a little scary for me, I was worried about my ankle but I was also worried about actually telling my doctor how I hurt my ankle. You see, my doctor hasn't exactly been on board with my running. The last time I went to visit him he expressed some concern about the impact on my joints. I'm not exactly a small person...or even a normal sized person, I'm tall, I have a large bone structure and I'm overweight. He understands that I like running but he's been lobbying sometime for a lower impact way to drop some more weight before he can really condone my running habit.

So, when he asked yesterday how I hurt my ankle I had to tell him that I was running. Kudos to him for not giving me the stink eye right away. He listened to me and asked if I tripped or twisted it, I explained that it seemed normal for the first 6 miles (his eyes got wide) and it was the last 6 that it really started to bother me.
He incredulously asked, "You ran 12 miles?"
I replied, "Yes."
"Why?"
"Because I need to be ready to run 13.1 on Sunday."

Then he asked what I was running from, not in a "trying to get into the mind of a runner just to find out I have Daddy issues" kind of way. He honestly couldn't grasp why anyone would run 12 miles unless they were being chased by a rabid, man-eating squirrel.

After going over goals and reasons for running (so I can eat chocolate) he ordered some x rays and turns out my bones are just fine, he prescribed rest for the rest of the week and then if I'm feeling better I can run the half on Sunday. I had to promise to stop and walk if my ankle started hurting which is fine with me since I'm a total pansy.

I also contacted the shoe specialist that helped me at Luke's Locker in Houston and have made the arrangements to return the evil shoes when we go back next month. For now, I'm just lounging around, catching up on Tivo'd shows with a very cold, elevated ankle while obsessively check the weather for Tulsa this weekend (so far it's looking wonderful). Thanks for all the well wishes, it worked and of course, I'm sending them back to all the other poor runners out there that have been sidelined, a glass of wine and Gossip Girl will do wonders for you!

16 comments:

Adrienne said...

Oh good. Enjoy your medially prescribed "running break" and I hope Sunday you don't have any ankle issues.

Teamarcia said...

Praying the ankle hangs in there for the race. Doctors who don't 'get it' are a challenge for sure.

Melissa said...

Gossip Girl...something tells me that I should put these DVDs in my Netflix list.
Hope you are better soon!

Slomohusky said...

Great news! I have had the same response for many years with my running. Bring on the Squirrels!

Jamoosh said...

Joy! Be smart at the half so you can be ready for Houston!

Marlene said...

Glad you got checked out and that there are no major medical issues. It's too bad doc isn't really on board with your running (I see people MUCH larger than you out running marathons just fine!) but at least he is trying to see things from your perspective.

here's hoping things are a-okay for the 13.1!

Ms. E said...

YEAAAAAH! I am so excited for you!!!!!!!!


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FruitFly said...

Phew! I'm so glad he didn't try to tell you to not do the Half! I say totally enjoy your doctor ordered rest while you can! And then have a great Half Marathon!

Wells L said...

So glad the news wasn't bad. Enjoy the rest and then the race. What will you do for shoes between now and the Houston Marathon? Just curious since I'm thinking about changing shoe brands before starting the training for my next half.

to dream the KIMpossible dream said...

Awesome - so happy for you! Can't wait to hear how your half goes!!! =)

kimert said...

So glad the visit went well and you have no bone issues! Rest rest rest and enjoy your half!!!

Ron said...

Even if he did give you the old stink eye you should not stop running. The latest running studies do not support his theory of running hurts joints. There is actually some evidence to say it helps the joint surface grow and become more resilient. What we should be concerned about is the biomechanics of how you are running. Is there a well-known physical therapist who is trained in running? He/she may be the biggest asset to you. KEEP RUNNING, lets just make your body do it better!! Here is the clincher.....do you know how many former runners or marathoners who have had a total knee replacement? NONE. That is 0/1000 total knees!!

Johann said...

Good news, take it easy!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

You are going to do great in the half. I'm glad you get to participate.

Wifey said...

Glad all checked out Ok! How was the half? Looking forward to hearing details ...

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Adam said...

Mmmmmmmmm, sounds like it is time to get a new DR I thinks. I'm not sure I could put up with one who didn't 'get' it.