Stuck in Drydock
Much like a ship that has been taken out of the water and placed in drydock for repairs, so has been my journey since the Way Too Cool 50K in March. During the last 5 miles of the race, going downhill was really painful. I knew something was wrong but what the heck, I’m a runner and kept going.
After not running the first week after the race, I tried a nice, easy and slow jog around my neighborhood. Well, one out of three was correct, it was slow. Very painful right ankle left me hobbling back to my house for some ice. Another week goes by and it’s a repeat of the first “run.” At the end of April, I had done a total of 3 short runs on a treadmill that left me in pain the next day.
Finally coming to my senses, I went to the Kaiser where they took an x-ray and happily informed me that the foot wasn’t broken but they didn’t know exactly what was wrong. Maybe a really major sprain caused by minor stupidity they laughingly said to me. They told me to take 6 weeks off, no running.
Which brings me to this point, in mid-June. In the past 4 weeks, I’ve played a lot of golf and done some weight lifting. I haven’t gained any weight. still, I can tell I am woefully out of shape and feeling slower by the day. As I drive home from work, I wistfully gaze at people jogging down the sidewalk, feeling as jealous as a Kardashian when she walks past a marble statue of a horse.
This is the week that I dust off the Hokas and see if I can start to reclaim what I’ve lost in the past two months. Wish me luck!