Monday, April 9, 2007
One Step Forward and Two Steps Back
One step forward and two steps back---that is what my training has been like since August. I noticed in August that I was tired and feeling rundown. Lab tests showed that I was anemic. In September I DNF'd at Wasatch after starting the race with a flu virus and then getting very sick on the trail to find that I had Rhabdomyolysis. After a 20lb weight loss and three months to recover, I started to train again. I ran my first race after Wasatch at the end of December (33k), and felt pretty good with a first place finish. I still felt like I had a lot of work to do to feel strong again. In February, my right ankle which had at times been bothering me, started to really flare up. After x-rays, a bone scan, and a MRI, it was concluded that I had a severe tendonosis of my posterior tibial tendon. I wore a boot cast for 4 weeks and then anxious to start running again, I went for a long run. Stupid. In new shoes much less!! Well, to make a very long story short, I got a huge quarter size blister on my heel. One hour into my 10 hour run!! Damn! What was I thinking? So now I sit here frustrated and depressed because I am kind of back to square one again! Somewhere I read a quote that said, "Walk in the direction you wish to be going." I keep on moving forward, eating right, getting into the pool and swimming mindless laps, and trying to be the healthiest I can be, but somehow, I just keep missing the mark. Friday, I leave for a running adventure. We are planning to run the double crossing of the Grand Canyon. I am apprehensive and uneasy. I hope my ankle and my blister don't cause me problems. Ultra runners tend to push the envelope when it comes to training. I plead guilty on that one. So on Saturday morning I will treat my blister, duct tape my heel,and take off on an adventure that I have looked forward to for a long time. I will take it slow and steady and remember to enjoy the journey as many of us forget to do in this race called life. I hope that you will all take time to enjoy your next long run. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Make the most of your run TODAY!!