Learning The Hard Lesson

So, if you’re easily grossed out, skip this post. If not, read on. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Well, about 2 weeks ago, I got an this really bad pain in my big toe on my right foot. And a big bump on the side of it. That bump then turned into a puss and blood filled infection. Awesome. Walking on it hurt, let alone running. So, I went to the doctor’s, got an antibiotic, and took some time off running so I could actually heal. Well, taking time off running was a good idea. Not replacing it with swimming or cycling was not. Sheesh am I stupid. So here I am, a mere 3 weeks from the half marathon, and the farthest I’ve been able to run is less than half of the race. What am I going to do?

I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to stop be stupid. I’m going to actually run. I’m going to get a good, middle length run in tomorrow (I’m thinking 5 miles), at an easy pace, and then run a long run on Sunday (7 miles at a slow pace doing a walk/run combo). I know I’ll be able to do those runs, no problem. Other than pain from where I had my surgery, I feel great all over. So, these runs should help me get back on track. Or make me realize that I may need to defer to the half marathon in the spring. Which would suck, but also help me actually succeed at the race in a way that means more than just finishing it. Perhaps finishing it in a really great time, or running for a cause. Something like that.

But yeah. I learned a hard lesson these past two weeks. What was I thinking? I was thinking I would be fine. I would be able to just get right back on track. Yeah… Not how this thing works. I’m going to run a half marathon, but first, I need to make smaller goals my steps towards actually completing this one. I’ll run 5K’s, 10K’s, and maybe even do a few mud runs. That is, if I defer. Maybe I won’t need to, but maybe I will. And that is something I have to be OK with. Am I? I don’t know quite yet. Let me get tomorrow and Sunday over with and I’ll let you know.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Sam
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 20:34:20

    It’s amazing how fast your body will fall out of shape if you aren’t running. If only it took the same short amount of time to get into shape… Keep chugging along.


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