I am officially the owner of a 24 Hour Fitness membership. I know I talked about it for awhile, but with the very dry winter we've had, I've been able to stay out of the gym. This was a good thing for me as I've never been a gym rat -- the music it too loud, the temps are too controlled, I'm a dork when it comes to trying to figure out the equipment. I find it all sorts of intimidating.
At first I thought the rain would send me in to a treadmill but no, it is my foot sending me in for other contraptions that I'll just have to get over my intimidation. Later today I'll go figure something out.
One nice thing is that there is a spin class on Tues/Thurs mornings at 5:30. I've never in my life taken a spin class but I think having the class will make me sort of obligated to go. It might be fun. Who knows. So tomorrow I'll go early and talk to the instructor and attempt to take a spin class.
I do believe this foot/ankle thing is a sprain -- all signs have pointed there. I can walk on it mostly pain free (a little sore) but the second I put pressure as in running, it is pretty painful. There's just no way I'm running right now. And based on all the poking around the internet I've done, a sprain takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal. I'm not even quite at week 2 so doing the math, I'm pretty darned sure Eugene is out as a marathon. If it wasn't the first and I was more confident, maybe I could do it. But it is the first and I've no confidence so I've been thinking about what I should do if I don't start running for anther 4 weeks or so. And I've got a plan!
2. Embrace cross training. This is hard -- I've never liked to exercise. I've liked to run. Sounds funny but obviously I need a back up plan.
3. Still plan on going to Eugene -- just drop back to the half. I should have plenty of time to bet back up to speed for the Half at the end of April.
4. Pick new marathon! I've gone back and forth. Do I just pick one in May/June -- and continue on with training? Do I go later out in the year? Fall? When in Fall? CIM?
This was trickier -- my first inclination was to go for something in the May/June time frame. But from the little poking around I've done, nothing grabbed me and I'd have to travel for most anything out there. I did think about RNR San Diego -- but I know the crowds would make me all nervous and such. Plus, I'd be back to travelling and then possibly be by myself.
So, I think I've tentatively decided on San Francisco which is at the end of July. At first I wouldn't consider that one -- it is hard from what I hear. But then it is just hard because of hills -- and so what really. Hills slow me down but it may also make me to forget to have a time goal and just focus on finishing. Since it is just up the road, no travelling is be involved and I'd probably be able to take a cheering squad with me (my local runner girls).
The more I've thought about this, the more excited I've gotten. This could work -- when I can run again, I just start slow again, then just start over with the training plan towards the beginning of April. That will take me nicely to the end of July. I can be smarter about racing during the training and I'll have a better plan in place regarding strength and core.
So unless I wake up in the next couple of days with a miraculously healed foot/ankle I'm on to Plan B.