I’m Ready for a Comeback

As I teased on Friday, I’ve registered for my first postpartum race: the Zack’s Place Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving.

I ran this race in 2012 (pre-blog days) and loved it. I was registered to run it again in 2014 but DNS’d due to a foot injury. The race is in Woodstock, VT, which is just a few minutes from my parents’ house. We’ll be with them for Thanksgiving this year, so I’m excited to do this race again. The registration fee is only $30, and the pre/post-race perks are great.

Needless to say, I’m feeling both excited and nervous. As of Thanksgiving, I won’t have run a race in over a year, and I haven’t yet started running postpartum. At this point, I don’t have any goals, other than to get to the starting line healthy. I’m sure some goals will become clear over the course of training. In the meantime, I just can’t wait to start running again!

Who else will be running a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving?

My First DNS?

I’m taking a break from happy wedding stuff to talk about something not so fun.  I promise a wedding recap is in the works.

As I’ve already mentioned a couple of times (here, here and here), I’m having foot issues.  According to my research, it looks like a possible stress response or maybe stress fracture, because the pain lessens with rest, and increases with use.  This means that I wake up every morning feeling fine, and then my foot begins to hurt more and more throughout the day, which is a horrible tease.

For the last few days, it hasn’t been super bad, but it’s also not really getting better.  I’ve been just a little bit busy lately what with getting married and all, so I haven’t made an appointment with the doctor yet.  I’ve also been kind of putting it off because in my brain, if I don’t have an actual diagnosis, I can just sort of pretend it’s not happening and do my own thing, whereas a diagnosis and doctor’s orders might involve things like boots and not running for 6 weeks.  I’m also sort of afraid of the potential cost of diagnosing my issue.  I’m on a high deductible insurance plan, which means I pay for everything out of pocket until I hit $2500, and x-rays and MRIs ain’t cheap.  And then there’s the possibility that after spending all the time and money for appointments and imaging, I could walk out without a diagnosis at all, and just end up back where I started…

I haven’t run in about 2 weeks, which up ’til now hasn’t been a problem because I’ve been so busy. But I’m signed up for a Turkey Trot 5k on Thursday and a Santa 5k on December 7, and as of right now, I don’t think I’ll be able to do either.  I’ve never had a DNS before, and now I may have 2 in a period of about 2 weeks.  This stinks on multiple levels.  Firstly, that’s about $75 in registration fees that I can’t get back.  Thankfully, both races support excellent charities that I’m happy to give my money to, but it’s just not the same as giving them my money and doing a fun race.

Secondly, the Turkey Trot is a pretty easy course, and I was hoping that after a strong summer training season and a half marathon PR, I could get a shiny new 5k PR too.  That’s obviously out of the question now.  Even if I do run on Thursday (yes, thank you for your concern, I know I shouldn’t), there’s no way I will race it and risk further injury.

I will most likely head over on race morning, pick up my t-shirt and bib, and just cheer on the other runners.  It will make me really pissy, but I guess I’ll survive.  And in the meantime, I’d better call the doctor.

Have you ever had a DNS (did not start)?

How do you handle injury? Do you rush straight to the doc, or do you try to ignore it and hope for the best?

Are you running a Turkey Trot on Thursday?