Saturday, January 19, 2013


As I have posted recently, I have opted to take some much needed time off from running to do a little healing.  I have had a foot injury on my left foot since Cactus Rose in October 2012.  Like a true runner, I figured it would heal quicker if I kept my exact same routine of 20+ mile runs and high mileage weeks.  Since completing Cactus Rose, I've run a 50K and had a 40 mile pacing gig, as well as many 20+ mile long runs.  Surely, that was the remedy to cure any aches and pains.  Right???  If you've ever gone to the doctor for a running injury, their first recommendation is every runner's worst nightmare.........."Time off!".  Such unspeakable words.  They flow off my tongue like sour milk.  What do doctors know anyway?  They just have a degree in medicine.  Most are not runners.  Surely, they don't know what they are talking about.

Well, after months of my foot injury not getting better, I actually took a big step and made an appointment to see a podiatrist.  I also took an even bigger step and decided to not run a step for at least 2 1/2 weeks, leading up to my appointment.  That decision didn't come lightly, but I decided to act like a real adult and make a practical decision.

I have learned that most runners probably do not realize how much time they spend running until they stop doing it.  That is the situation I'm in now.  I don't know what to do with myself.  I still bike some, I do things around the house that I probably would have put off b/c of my running, I watch TV, etc...  But when I walk outside and see a cool, sunny day in front of me, the only thing on my mind is hitting some trails.  It is a mentally torturous situation.  Now I know this is not a big deal, but in a way it is.  When something has become such a huge part of your existence, and you stop doing it "cold turkey", it knocks you off balance.  That's where I am balance.

I know I will run again soon, and hopefully, this little hiatus I am on will let my foot heal and feel better before I even get to the doctor.  That would be the perfect scenario.  But, until that time, I will continue the life of a lost and bored non-runner.  Hopefully, I'll be back soon.

Run on friends,