I’m running 13.1 miles in three days. This week is officially the Taper Week. Which means instead of running about 13 miles during the week, I’m running 9. Easy peasy, right?
Well, I might be injured.
Okay, there’s definitely a slight injury there. See? I can’t even come out and say “injury” without saying “slight” or “maybe” or some other adjective before it that lessens the word. Injuries are for people who have to go to the hospital or who are bleeding or twisted an ankle. A hyperextended tendon in the foot isn’t really injured, right?
Thankfully, we have a physical therapy student living with us right now (one day I’ll write about how we’ve been spoiled on houseguests, promise), and Tuesday night, I had him check out my toe.
“It’s an extended tendon,” he said. “You need to rest.”
“Okay,” I said. “Can I run?”
He looked up at me as if I didn’t hear him the first time. “How long?” he finally asked.
“Thirteen miles,” I said easily, and my husband died out laughing. “Her half-marathon is this weekend,” he explained.
Our houseguest told me good luck and to ice the heck out of it, stretch it, and take some ibuprofen. Which, I will have you know, I have been doing very well. I’m a great patient when it comes to anything but rest.
I’ve also learned that it’s a bit awkward when a health care professional tells you to take it easy…and then sees you the next day right after a run. Like I said, not a good patient.
However, he also saw me icing the toe, so that’s listening to his advice, right?
I’ll rest next week.