I had my personal training session this morning. As always, she worked me over!
The bigger thought-pondering issue is this: I have made an appointment with the foot doc for tomorrow. Last night after my run my "chronic ankle" was pretty swollen. Generally, I only pay attention to my ankle if it is hurting, i.e. I don't often visually inspect it. Chasen, however, does. He pointed out that it was very swollen. That fact, in combination with the other fact that it hurts me so often, and in varying areas of my foot, prompted the appointment.
I honestly thought that taking 5 1/2 weeks off would help things tremendously. Apparently it did not.
I am going to the doc for peace of mind. I am 100% prepared to do whatever he says is best. When I visited him in October, a team of wild horses couldn't have stopped me from running St. Jude. Maybe he sensed that. And I did tell him I'd lay off afterwards. Which I did! And now here we go again -- marathon training and pain.
Had I not bonked at St. Jude, I don't know that I would for sure be back in training for another so quickly. Probably... but who knows. Regardless, I have my entire lifetime of running to consider at this point, and not just one more race.
My fear is not that he says to stop running for a certain amount of time. Honestly, it's not. My fear is that he says to forge ahead. I know that may sound odd... but it is hard to keep going when what I love makes he hurt and swell!