I thought this title was fitting since Lili is in the process of learning how to read. She’s recognizing sounds of letters and spelling them, so let’s start with “C” for today.
1. “C” is for the never-ending “COLDS” that my children have been fighting. No joke, they have been sick since September 9th. First with strep, then the flu, then the nagging cough and runny nose that just won’t seem to go AWAY! Numerous doctor’s appointments with “Co-Pays” out the wazoo. I am not kidding. We’ve spent about $1,000 on doctors visits + medications in a month. I won’t complain though because at least it’s something that can be taken care of with rest and medicine.
Another visit to the doctor for Sebastian and this time we did not leave without medicine. Their doctor also said that we could give Lili nebulizer treatments as well.
Trying to get Well
Still both kids are not 100% but they’re getting there.
2. “C” is for “Crafts”. Since Lili was sick, we took her off from school for a week (including yesterday as well). She went to school all last week, but since yesterday was a half-day and she still has a nagging cough, we figured it was best to keep her home. We did a lot of school work, spelling, writing, etc. But also, CRAFTS!
Box of Crafts
The kids, well more Lili, loves when I pull out the pink bin. It means something fun is going to take place. (On a sidenote, Lili calls it arts and craps!).
We had a ton of tissue boxes from both of them having runny noses. So we did something Halloween themed.
Lili did an excellent job. She glued all the construction paper on while I was putting the baby down for a nap. When I came out, I was impressed.
3. "C" is for "Clumsy” — if you follow me on IG or are FB friends with me, then you’ll know where I am going with this next one. On October 12th, I was supposed to be running the Staten Island Half, but because I had a sick baby still and another one of his appointments, I had to step down from that race. When I got back from the appointment, I went out for my long run (taper). I was scheduled for 13 and was going to run it at my half marathon pace. It was going well.
Mile 1: I was to do a 9:00 and finished in 8:55.
Mile 2: Still feeling good and the weather was perfect. I finish with a 8:40 min/mi.
Mile 3: Okay, — I’m doing great, 8:44 min/mi. I turn the corner and don’t cross the street yet because I don’t want to mess with the momentum. I stick to the sidewalk, which I hate doing, and I’m waving to other runners feeling great when BOOM, I slip and fall on an apple. OUCH!!@$@$@#@# I could NOT believe it.
I saw the swelling immediately. It’s like watching bread rise. I was 3.5 miles away from home and knew I could NOT walk back. I tried and it was fine, but I knew there was no way. So I called P and he had to bundle up two sick kiddos to pick me up. At this point, I was feeling it. He had to carry me inside. It was the first time I was feeling helpless. It was next to impossible trying to take care of two sick kids and get myself anywhere with one foot. “Celeste” was SO sweet and stopped by the house to leave food at our front stoop. Who does that??? Only your best friends. I took a nap with the kids after a shower and then woke up to eat. I knew it was going to be a tough night. My girlfriend’s brother is a foot and ankle doctor so she hooked me up with an appointment the next day. Best thing is it’s right across the street from my job. P dropped me and the kids off.
Icing at Work
My doctor took a look at it and an xray. Good news: It’s a grade 1 sprain and no fractures!!! Small bruise on a bone. Other than that, looks good. He put a soft cast on and told me that he has hopes for me to run NYC in 3 weeks.
Cast & Boot
Don’t get me wrong, it hurt, but I was doing the best I could do. Laying off the foot and elevating. I had my follow-up visit yesterday and it’s healing well. Soft cast came off and now just a bandage. It’s still in the recovering phase and soon I can start back up. Of course, NYC is in 12 days, so where does that leave me? While he still thinks I am capable of running it, I’m not sure I want to make it worse.
4. C is for “Choices” I want to be able to run for the rest of my life. I’m not the type of person that has that goal to run x amount of marathon by the time I’m x-years old. My main goal in life is to run pain free forever, if possible. The problem is, it’s NYC and who doesn’t want to run NYC at least once?!? So here I was, thinking, “I can’t cancel because I canceled back in 2012. After talking to NYRR, 2012 NYC Marathon is not counted against me because they were the ones that canceled the marathon (from Hurricane Sandy). So, YES, I can cancel this year and RUN NYC in 2015.
I have until October 30th to decide what I will do. While I know I am prepared (I’ve had three 20-milers + one full marathon since training started in July), I’m just not sure if it’s wise to run 26.2 miles post injury. I think I would be foolish. And I love winter running…
Have you ever had to make a similar decision? What did you choose?
Ever have a sprained ankle? How long did it take for you to recover?
Thank you to all my friends and family wishing me well wishes. I’m feeling so much better. It feels good to walk like a normal person. 🙂