-- You are taking off a lot of time, you are going to loose so much fitness.
-- Are you going to be ready for Rock and Roll Arizona?
-- Burn things!
-- Should you really have ANOTHER beer? You're not running, remember?
-- I swear to god, if you make me watch another reality show, I'm outta here.
But, I am seeing small gains in strength and pain management. I even went on a 1 mile very short run on Friday! I am going to follow it up with 3 miles today and see how it goes. The trick is that I have shortened my stride and slowed down substantially - from about a 8:00 pace to 9:30 or so. That seems to have done the trick. Well, at least for that mile.
I am still going to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine doctor. The main reason is that I have a lingering fear that I may have a stress fracture. I have a fairly sharp pain on my shin bone that only hurts when I press on it. So, you know what? I haven't pressed on it! Problem solved. It is either a stress fracture or it is soreness where my ITBS connects to the bone. (It is waaaay up high.) Self diagnosis? You bet - but it is OK, I stayed at a Holiday Inn.
I am nearly positive that I am not going to run the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday. I'm disappointed, but I would rather rest and be ready for 2010. Don't run for next week, run for next years - run for a lifetime. At least that is what I am telling myself now.