I’m going to be honest – I thought I was in the clear. I made it through my 18 and 20 milers with flying colors just a few weeks ago, and then had two cutback weeks before gearing up for another 18 and 20. The New Jersey Marathon is just around the corner, and I’ve been feeling great. Well, I was feeling great.

And then, I woke up on Monday. Literally, that’s all that happened. I woke up and my back was not quite right. It wasn’t horrible, and it wasn’t debilitating. It was just barely noticeable. I ran, and it was a horrible decision. I needed to go 4 miles and I ran for 2 before mostly walking the last two back home. I promised myself I would take the next day off, and I did. Then I woke up on Wednesday and felt a little better. Like maybe it would be ok to run. It wasn’t.

Me talking to my body

By Thursday, I had sciatica running all the way down my right leg and had lost feeling in the outside of my foot (from my middle toe to my pinky toe). My SI joint was completely out of alignment and I could barely lift my leg. The response from my chiropractor, who I saw Friday morning, was “Oh, this is not good.” I believe my physical therapist, who I saw Friday at lunchtime (supposedly for my shoulder, but she’s a jack of all trades) said “OMG. What the…?”

Both the chiropractor and my PT did adjustments. I’ve been stretching, resting, and going for walks. I obviously did not run my planned 18 miler this weekend – in fact, I logged a whopping 8 miles the entire week. No gym workouts.

Believe it or not, I’m not actually panicking about losing fitness. I mean, I will lose fitness, but that’s not the end of the world. While I’d love to run a “fast for me” time in New Jersey, my goal the entire time has been to cross the finish line feeling healthy and strong. It’s hard to care about what my finish time will be when there’s a question as to whether or not I’ll even make it to the start line.

I am starting to feel a little bit better and am hopeful that I’ll be able to run by mid-week. In a dream world, I’ll still be able to run my 20 miler this weekend. At this point, I’m just focusing on feeling better. BOO.

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