It has been about a week and a half since I had my follow up appointment at Bone and Joint. This was the appointment where I talked with my doctor regarding the results of the epidural she did at the beginning of the month. I think this was the first time I was able to tell her that I am actually experiencing consistent relief from the procedure. I’m pretty sure she was as happy to hear that as I was to report it. I can only imagine that she gets frustrated performing procedures where her patients don’t feel any benefit.
Now, before you get all excited, I’m not completely pain free. I still have some soreness, especially if I have to for long periods of time. And I still have some of that deep bone pain that I’ve been dealing with for most of this year. But I am certainly having less pain than I have had in months…and I feel pretty excited about that!
The plan going forward is to continue to take it pretty easy. I can slowly increase my running mileage. Right now I can run three miles a day, most days of the week. My pace is very slow, but I am so grateful I am able to do this. Each week, I can increase by half a mile. Next week, I’ll be able to run 3.5 miles a day. Once I get to four miles a day, I may not do that much every day. I might alternate between 3 miles and four miles.
I still can’t do any high intensity running. No speed work, no intervals, no hills, no race pace. Just slow running. I’m keep everything between a 10:00-11:00 minute per mile pace. When I think of where I was last year, this is depressing. But when I think of where I was 6 months ago, I am encouraged.
The doctor asked me what my goals were going forward. I told her that I really wanted to be able to do another marathon. She told me that her goals for me were not the same as my goals for me. I guess I should expect that. But, she has given me the go-ahead to continue to increase my mileage until I see her again. But, like I said, I have to increase slowly and I can’t do more that 13 miles at a time. I don’t think I’ll be able to increase to that distance before my next appointment with her in February.
If the pain comes back before that appointment, I am supposed to call her and we may end up doing another procedure.
In the meantime, I am going to do a local Hot Chocolate Run with Tim and Jaden in a few weeks. I should be able to run the entire 3.5 mile distance by then. I am really looking forward to it. And I’m not going to completely rule out the possibility of running a St. Patty’s Day 10 mile event. We’ll have to see how the rest of the winter goes. I’m hopeful and this is the first time I’ve felt that way in a really long time.