Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Wrench in my Plan

For those of you that know me, you know that I run. I run in the rain, I run in the heat, last year I was so very thrilled to run in the snow even! (It only snows once every 10 or so years in Valencia, CA when I saw that it was snowing, I sprinted outside in my running gear for a very cold 6 miler.) I run when I am tired, I run when I am sore, I run to be free and to think. I often stumble out of bed before the sun comes up to run to prepare for my day. With 3 kids, 2 part time jobs, a full time class schedule, and the like, running is often my only time alone.

In all of this running, I have been fairly lucky. I have yet to find myself plagued with a major injury or pain that does not go away. I have been lucky, until now. In training for the Ultra Beast in Killington, VT over the past few months, I have developed a nagging pain in my left foot. This pain is a pain unlike any other that I have ever experienced. Though unwilling to stop running, I roam the trails with a limp in my step. My days are spent with my foot taped to the hilt. My nights are spent with my foot in a tub of ice. I am not sure what this means for the rest of my racing season, or for my race in Killington in 9 days. I guess I am not invincible. I guess that every once in a while every runner needs to be humbled. I am left to fight. I will head to Vermont fighting with every ounce of strength that I have, fighting to stay on top of my racing season, excited to run with the friends that have become so dear to me over the last year. -Ang

1 comment:

  1. Hope it feels better! I am recovering from a foot injury too...plantar fasciitis. It was awful. Surprisingly rolling my calves and foot on trigger point rollers helped the best. Im sure you've tried everything, but if you haven't tried that, it could be worth a try. See you in Vermont.