I'm finally beginning to take a few tentative running steps again, and I'm thankful that so far they are pain free. Whenever I have been forced to take a break from running, I have been amazed not by how much condition I've lost over a few weeks off, but by how much I've maintained. So, while I could be disappointed that I three miles is about my distance limit for running at present, instead I'm happy that I can run those three miles quite easily at about the same paces I was running before I became injured.
Unfortunately, I'll have to work back up to longer distances, and will have to do it slowly so I don't end up on the sidelines again. I've been in this position before. Unfortunately, the timeframe for the Colorado Marathon is too tight for me to work up safely to run it, so I'll have to decide a little closer to race day which of the shorter races I think I'll be ready to run, then plan for a first marathon effort sometime later this year. It's not ideal, but it will have to do.
I'll also have to juggle training with an unusual work schedule, which will likely make using the Pfitzinger 55-70 mile/week plan impractical... Given my desire to avoid overuse injuries when next I train for 26.2, I think I'm all right with that. I hope to still make my first marathon a solid effort.
Back to race season planning, again...
On the bright side, I've got a good job, with good benefits and excellent health insurance, so if I need some medical attention... :)