I'm still here!
I have been busy over here!
I'm also very excited to report that marathon training is back on. I went to see Dr. Forcum over at Back In Motion, and he did some crazy witch-doctor voodoo on me which seems to have fixed me (and I say "crazy witch-doctor voodoo" with total awe and respect - I am WAY into alternative medicine these days since it seems to work so incredibly well)! Although I should give proper credit to Dr. Barker (the naturopath over there) who is really the one who set me on the path to recovery. Dr. Forcum figured out exactly what was causing my shin pain and gave me a plan to fix it and keep it from coming back. So far so good - I did my first training run (4 miles) on Saturday with my marathon training group, and didn't feel any pain at all!
I've lost a lot of fitness during those two weeks I spent on my butt, but I think my training group will get me back in gear really quickly. If you're in the Portland area and ever need any kind of sports injury recovery plan, I can't recommend the folks at Back In Motion highly enough. I'm also getting twice-weekly massages (which isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds - these are not relaxing massages, they are crank-into-your-muscles-until-you-scream-with-pain kind of massages) which is really helping get my stuff back in gear.
I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I'm not going to be able to hang on much longer with all the stuff I've committed myself to doing. I'm not sure what's going to fall to the wayside, but something's gotta give. I keep hoping I'll be able to pull off some kind of miracle and catch up, which has always worked well for me in the past, but I'm not sure it's possible this time. I've come to the absolute limit of how much I can neglect the house and family and still get away with it, so there's no wiggle room left there. Perhaps there's some kind of drug that I can take so that I don't have to sleep as much? Any ideas? No? Well, it was worth a shot! I'm off to stuff Shop Hop goodie bags, leaving behind a huge pile of work that needs to be done and Sock-A-Month knitalong posts that need to be tallied. I'm such a slacker!