"You know you're a runner when you get mad that an injury keeps you from running not that it damaged your body."
I really wish this wasn't true and that I wasn't typing this, but 2 weeks before my first marathon, I'm officially injured.
Week 13 and 14 were going perfectly fine! I was hitting sub 9 minute miles on my Monday night runs and avoiding injuries during my longer runs by cutting my runs short if I felt any discomfort. I even did an ice bath to help my body feel brand new. It wasn't up until my Monday night run when my foot hit the edge of the sidewalk and twist sideways causing my ankle to swell up instantly. I immediately broke into tears, not because of the pain, but at the simple fact of possibly not being able to run the LA Marathon. Both my sister Lindsay and friend Evelynn, rushed to help me stay up as I couldn't even stand on my own. After some minutes, I was able to limp and take some steps alone, but definitely not okay to continue running. As soon as I got home, I immediately started doing everything possible in order to help heal it in time for the LAM.
I'm completely heartbroken to be in this situation. I've put in so much work the past four months, training for this moment and in a matter of seconds, I feel like my dreams were crushed. I'm not going to give up just yet though. I still have hope that by next Sunday, I'll be okay to at least jog/walk the marathon.
As of today (3 days after the incident), the swelling is still present, but it's not as bad as it was the first day, I don't have any pain at all and I'm able to walk a little more normal. I still have 10 days left until the big day and I'm trying everything possible to help speed up the recovery process.
I can't thank all my BlacklistLA squad enough, my sister Lindsay, my friend Evelynn, my parents and my entire instagram fam for all the support and well wishes. I truly believe that all of you have helped make this recovery process a little easier to cope with.
I'm trying to look past this little bump on the road and hope that I'll be ready to run come marathon day.
xo, DIANA KAREN