For starters, during my weekend in Little Rock, my left ankle started to hurt. Where is the justice in this world? Aargh. By the end of that Saturday of being on my feet, the ankle was puffy and the arch had started to hurt. Again, where's the justice? Running/walking has certainly not been strenuous, so pregnancy was to blame! :)
Alas I could not miss out on the chance to go to the River Trail with Gabrielle. Once we got started (I'd say within one mile) the pain went away. Afterwards, of course, it came back. Yuck! If I learned anything from the torn peroneal tendon last year, it was STOP when pain begins. Lay off! Time off! Rest! Do not push! I was half smart, figuring that I'd give myself a week off (after pushing myself - idiot me).
The following week (off from running) brought MUCH work, i.e. MUCH sitting. On Monday and Tuesday both feet began to swell. Darn pregnancy! (just kidding) Then I had to go back to Little Rock for business ($$$!) and fun on Wednesday and Thursday, thus more meeting sitting, driving sitting, etc. Foot swelling galore! So that's when I learned that a) sitting all the time is NOT good for my feet and ankles, and b) running/walking IS good for this pregnancy - see! :)
The ankle was better by this point, but the arch - OUCH. Not a bit better. Chasen said it felt "tight" and it was super tender to the touch. I couldn't imagine exercising on it. I had a busy weekend planned anyway, so skipping the long run was actually some welcome time off.
Here we are at my women's philanthropy group's fundraiser on Saturday night.
Come Monday, Chasen diagnosed me with a "fallen arch" and suggested I wear my running shoes around the house. The thought of wearing those hard, molded plastic orthotics was not a good one. I prefer Crocs! I love Crocs! Coach Terry thought maybe it was a bit of Plantar Fasciitis and perhaps I should wear my running shoes all the time. WHY ME? I'm doing practically nothing and get PF? Justice, please! I did my research and the Mayo Clinic says that PF can sometimes be caused by pregnancy and/or weight gain. *eye roll*
This brings me to Tuesday's ultrasound. The baby (not yet known to be Isaac Roy) was not cooperating for the ultrasound lady. She said it was the worst baby she'd seen all day! It was NOT cooperating in terms of "spreading" to determine the gender. She was able to complete her other major organ checklist with ease (and all was well, thankfully). She said it was "balled up pushing on my bladder." Boy that explains a lot! Anyway, it finally turned the right way and she said "Well, it's a boy! There are the testes." Surprise! A boy! We both kind of always thought we had a girl in there. A boy! WOW!
Next we saw the Obstetrician. After all the baby stuff (which was thankfully boring) we addressed my feet. Darn if she didn't agree with Chasen and Coach Terry! I shot Chasen a hateful look. I hate it when he's right! LOL So now I am wearing the running shoes all the time and feeling TONS better. Bye bye Crocs.
Now, today, I have three hot topics. 1) I'm having a baby boy! All of the mamas of boys have given me the best news ever: boys ALWAYS love their mamas. Ha! I'm so excited. 2) Now that my foot is already better, the Worldwide Half Marathon is back on my mind. 'Nuff said! 3) Elijah is currently harvesting stem cells in Little Rock. He'll be headed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia the weekend of the WWH and the Chicago Marathon. So everyone, as you run, please think of and pray for Elijah.
That's what's up.