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.