Okay -- time to get the fussy, whiny, dramatic post down from the #1 spot.
It's official, I'm back in the game.
That doesn't mean I'm totally pain free though so I'm taking it easy. However, I did visit my doc and he said it was okay to run but take it VERY SLOW and to make sure I was recovered (back to the same level of pain I have all the time -- very manageable) within 24 hours and call him if it gets worse instead of better.
So for the past two weeks I logged 5 running miles and then 9 running miles. It makes me laugh but hey, I have to start somewhere. I was going to go for 15 this week but the doc said I was lucky to make the 5 to 9 increase and it was too much. So I've scaled back my goals and I'm going to shoot for 12 miles this week in three 4 mile runs. That seems reasonable.
I'd been toying with the idea of a half around the end of July (the SF Marathon conveniently has two half marathons that day so I am playing around with the idea of running one of those). Then I start in on official marathon training again. Doing the half right at the beginning gives me something to work towards and to gauge fitness right before I try again to make it to the starting line of a marathon.
So I've been toying with an actual training plan -- obviously with lots more cross training right now but a definitely ramp up of running. Let me say, just writing down each weeks ramp of mileage was exciting. Made it all real.
I'm not forking over any cash quite yet -- I need to regain a bit of confidence. But I'm close.
And thank god.