You might have encountered runners with injuries. And you may have witnessed firsthand how cranky they can get.
It’s a thing.
I haven’t really talked about it much, but this past fall I had an injury and couldn’t run for a while. It happened in Kona when I was there for the IRONMAN World Championship, the night before the race. I had this freak thing happen to my toe and although I can’t say it was a broken toe, it was really badly bruised and possibly fractured toe.
I couldn’t bend my toe, it hurt to touch my toe, and it hurt to walk in certain shoes. And… I couldn’t run. Let’s just say… I was a little cranky!
But hey – runners are stubborn. I did a few short runs even with the toe pain, and even suffered through a miserable attempt at running the Marine Corps Marathon. That was probably not a smart idea.
After MCM, it got worse (well, duh…) so I stopped running altogether to let my injury heal completely. More crankiness.
Now it’s the new year and I’m picking up the pieces and trying to get back into a good running groove. And it’s hard.
So what happened?
As you all know, I’m a Super Klutz (with capital letters to point out that I take the prize, for example remember when I sprained my ankle running a 10K?). But this time, it wasn’t my fault! Really, truly… I swear!
It’s kind of ridiculous in terms of how it happened, so here’s the story in a nutshell:
In Kona, the night before the IRONMAN World Championship, I attended a really fun event – the “Thank God I’m Not Racing Party” (TGINR). It was hosted by Bob Babbitt, a notable figure in the triathlon/IRONMAN world.
At the door, we got amazing hats that had bottle openers. We also were given HUGE medals. I mean HUGE.
And heavy. Let’s compare this medal to a normal medal:
So I’m standing there drinking a mai tai (as you do when you’re in Hawaii!), and all of a sudden the medal fell off the neck strap and IMPALED my toe. It was blinding pain, and I was in public. So… I did this silent-scream sort of thing, and tears formed in my eyes. Everyone was staring at me. Of course.
The skin was punctured and I was in a lot of pain. But… I’m in Kona at an amazing party, so I limped along and enjoyed the rest of the evening.
Fast-forward to WEEKS later and my toe was still in major pain, and I couldn’t bend it.
I eventually got an x-ray, but the ER doc said he didn’t see a break and that it was definitely seriously bruised, and maybe fractured, and to follow up with a specialist. And to STOP RUNNING for a while.
So I did. I took a couple weeks off, focused on biking and working and other stuff, and then tried out some shorter runs. All was good so I kept at it!
I’ll admit that it’s been really hard to get back into the groove that I was in last year. I’m running but not consistently, and it’s not as fun as it used to be. It doesn’t help that it’s been cold, dark, and icy out a lot of mornings.
2017 was a year of big things for me – my first full IRONMAN, and I had high hopes for 2018 goals as well. So it’s time to get down to business: I have the Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon coming up in just over a month! Usually I PR at that race every year, but this year I’ll just make it a goal to get focused in the coming month and enjoy the Rock n Roll race experience. I’m a Rock n Blogger again in 2018, and absolutely love that race and the others in the series!