Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What is my problem?

Several of you have commented that I haven't been blogging. I'd like to say it was just a test to see if anyone was checking in here, but really it was just laziness. I have decided to walk the IMT Des Moines Marathon on October 19 and I have been sort of self-absorbed with that.

I have been walking a lot of miles although the more miles I walk, the less impressive it seems to me. I have done a 13.5 mile; 9.4 mile; and a 15.71 mile walk until pain in my foot slowed me down. I went to a sports medicine doctor on Monday and he said I am grinding down the sesamoid bone in my right foot. The best news is that it is not at all a permanent sort of problem. Once the bone is ground down, it dissappears forever. The only possible problem is if it is actually a stress fracture. But this week I am not walking, I'm in a post-surgical shoe that prevents my toes from moving around and I am using ice and taking ibuprofen. I go back on Monday to convince the doctor that the pain has subsided and I don't have a stress fracture! If I do, he will want me off the training for 3-4 weeks and that will put me behind by a lot.

In the meantime I am trying to do push-ups. Grrr.

We've had lovely weather here in Des Moines lately. It really has been a beautiful summer. I watched Shawn Johnson do her incredible, gravity defying balance beam routine last night. That was amazing. It was exciting to see the U.S. men's swimming relay team beat the world record by A LOT getting that relay done in less than 7 minutes. I stayed up to listen to our national anthem. I couldn't not listen when they were all getting their medals and it was a matter of only a few more minutes. Seemed disrespectful to turn the television off!

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