I’ve spent the past two days getting used to the fact that I might not be able to run my marathon after the accident. The back pain was lingering and I was fearful that my old disc injury from my last pregnancy my have been awakened. I began calling and emailing to find out my options. Things were not sounding all that good.
Marathon fees: no refund, no transfer of registration.
Airfare: Non-refundable w/$100 charge to re-book within 90 days
Hotel: Cancel by June 1st without penalty
Time and costs of training: lost
I finally saw the doctor on Wednesday. He did an exam, x-rays, and checked my urine to rule out kidney injury. The good news is that nothing is broken. My muscles are in spasm and the effect is that they are yanking on my spine and causing an abnormal curve.
The doctor admitted not knowing enough about marathon running to be able to tell me if I’d be able to run my marathon in June. He said that when I felt okay, that I could give running a try and see what happened. He cautioned to start out slow and stressed the importance of listening to my body. He couldn’t tell me when I would feel okay enough to give it a try. So I walked 1 1/2 miles to pick up YaYa from school. I’m icing and taking 800 mg Ibuprofen. I am going to have some body work done by a sports therapist and see what she thinks about my return to training. After that, I’ll just have to see what happens.