Returning to the scene of the injury
It’s early. I know it’s early. But this is actually later than I would normally get up to prepare for a race I need some time to travel with. The fact of the matter is…I wanted to rest so I set a later alarm. This means a little more hurrying this morning, but it was worth it.
You see…I’m nervous.
This morning, at 8:30 a.m., I will be taking off from the start line of the Activate America 5 Miler in Frankfort, Kentucky. No big deal, right? Well…it is for me.
You see…last year when I ran this race something happened. First of all, the weather was horrible. No exaggeration. I’m talking thunder, lightning, driving rain…the works. The race start was postponed…but they finally decided to let us run it. Even with a couple flashes of lightning still working. So, we lined up, immediately got soaked to the skin, and headed out for a very wet run.
I was doing okay for the first part of the race. We were told that if we felt uncomfortable running in the weather to come in after 2 miles as there is a 2 mile walk attached. I paid for this race, so I was going to run the entire thing. And after the 2 mile and 5 mile races separated, I felt a sharp pain in my foot.
I admit…I’d been nursing the foot for a little while. I walked around Vegas a couple weeks prior in Sketcher’s Tone Ups, which are great, but not for walking the strip for 8 hours straight. So, I had already been sore. But this was all-out pain. I didn’t stop though. I just altered the way I would stride and land. By the end of the race, I was fighting for each step but made it past that finish line. And then limped around for the better part of the summer. You see, instead of listening to my body, I ran through the pain and ended up with a stress fracture in the top of my foot and really, really bad runner’s knee. I didn’t run the rest of the summer. No joke. There was no way I could. I’d try…and immediately have to stop. I was cranky because of it, I hated wearing bandages and braces on my knee and foot, but I was in a lot of pain. From June to August. And it took multiple doctor’s visits, x-rays, and specialists to finally get me back in shape to run.
So, yeah…I’m nervous. This was the race that briefly ended my running last year. I’m sure all my U2 concert going peeps remember my hobbling around, tears, and the way I had to bandage and brace my right leg and foot. It sucked.
This year, the weather is going to be hot!! No rain. Just starting at 72 degrees is going to suck. So, the plan is to run smart. Yes…I want to beat last year’s time, which was actually really good for someone running on a bad foot and an injured knee. Will I be upset if I don’t? Probably. But the important thing this time is to run smart, listen to what my body is telling me, and to finish strong…not limping.
I’m about to finish getting ready to climb into the car for the drive to Frankfort, Kentucky so I can pick up my packet and get some stretching in before the runner’s line up. Here’s to a good, injury-free race.
Think of me, friends. And I’ll try to focus on the run, not the injury I got last year.