SeekingBostonMarathon is an amateur's journey to race in the ultimate annual marathon--the Boston Athletic Association's Boston Marathon. This is not an olympic runner or professional runner's advice site, but an "average joe" who got hooked on running and finally reached hallowed ground in 2010 and is constantly seeking to get back to Boston.
There's a reason it's called a marathon and not a "walk in the park." Your body takes a beating and that's before you even run the race. Today's #30DaysToBoston #photochallenge word is #pain. Before my marathon training plan even started, I was dealing with lower leg pain in the area of my previous stress fracture. For Christmas, I gave myself an MRI to rule out anything bad. Good news, no stress fracture and a green light for training. Bad news was that they MRI didn't sprinkle pixie dust on my leg and make the boo-boo go away. In other words, I had 600 miles to put on a already bum wheel. The second bit of good news is that that pain has subsided for the most part--not the first time running MORE actually took care of something on its own.
Today's #pain shot shows that I don't have just one "badge of honor," I have five. Save all the "you have the wrong size shoe advice" emails and comments. I have been using more of a forefoot strike and have run more miles for a marathon than I've ever run before, so this is my reward. The other good news? I won't loose any toenails in the race because the five longest ones are still growing back.