As soon as I started having kids I decided my fitness goal would be to do a marathon inbetween each pregnancy. So far I've been able to stick with it, completing 3 marathons. Well I was getting the itch back in the fall but couldn't find any marathons in AZ on Saturdays, they were all Sundays. I came to the conclusion I was just going to have to go up to Utah to do one on a Saturday. I planned on doing the SLC one in April up until about a week and a half ago when I stumbled upon one in Pheonix on the 30th of this month. I don't know how I didn't find it earlier, I was always looking for one sooner and closer, this one was perfect! Only problem is at that point I had 3 and a half weeks to build up to it. yikes! I was in shape for a solid half, so I really had to step up fast! Well I went on a 16 mile run last week to see how I felt before I officially signed up, the run felt great! True I was a bit sore afterwards, but I was surprised how good it felt. Since the run went so well I decided to sign up for the race, something I dont' normally do unless it's a triathlon or a marathon, although I have done one where I didn't sign up, but after running that far I wanted a medal and shirt for it. Well 2 days later I went out for some speed work early in the dark morning because I have to be back for Aaron to go. I had just started and was going hard when suddenly I was on the ground. Seriously I had no time to react, I just dropped! I hit a rock and completely ate it! Yes I'm sure it was hilarious to anybody who may have seen, but I didn't even care I was just so mad cause my ankle was killing and I couldn't afford to miss a single run at this point with the race 2 weeks away! I decided to try to run it off, which after about a 1/2 mile worked but by the end of my 8 miles I was hurting and suffered for it the rest of the day and yesterday. I hate that I already signed up, I have to do it pain or no pain I must follow through. Thank goodness for the eliptical. I did that this morning and it felt great, so we'll see. Wednesday is supposed to be my longest training run - 20 miles and it's my only chance since Aaron doesn't have another day off until the race. OH! I hate this! I'm having major anxiety can ya tell? I've never had a running injury so this is so frustrating to me I don't really know how to handle it. I know my feet are nasty without one being swollen and fat, but at least I have all my toenails and haven't been growing my leg hairs out for months, which is how many of you have seen my legs and feet. he he! I just thought I would show you why I'm giong crazy! But these pictures probably don't look as bad as I make it seem.