The Unexpected Setback

Injuries. Sometimes they are from overuse of a joint or muscle. Other times they come about from a random accident while out on a run; something that is unavoidable or, maybe, you are trying to avoid something. And then there is the absolute bizarre injury. You know, the one that is embarrassing to share with others. The one that occurs just as you are starting to train for a major race in the future. Yeah, that happened to me recently and it sucks.

This past weekend near the end of a friendly wiffle ball game the freak of nature hit me. It’s the end of the game, I’m pitching and there are two outs. There’s a foul ball. I go to retrieve it. I pick it up and head back to the pitching area (this was front yard wiffle ball action, lol). On the way back, I step down onto where first base is; unfortunately, first base had pushed itself to a section where it covered half walkway and half lower garden area. I step down full body weight while wearing my Birkenstock sandals and, wow, was there pain. There was a sound that came from my ankle/foot area that can be described as twine or rope being stretched across a log. I immediately fell down, writhing in pain. I am positive this would not have been as bad had I simply been wearing some sort of stable footwear. But I wasn’t and now here I am three plus days later not being able to do anything active on this foot. No Sunday morning run. No Tuesday post yoga run. No elliptical machine. And by the end of the day at work, my foot is begging to get out of my shoe and have some ice on it. Sigh.

Patience is not one of my strong suits but I need it now more than ever. I am hopeful that only a couple more days stand in the way of me being able to run again. I hate not being able to run, hell, even walk at a faster pace. Instead, I am gimping along. I know it isn’t some big worldly problem. It’s really minor in scope. But dammit, I have a major marathon to train for and this piddly preventable setback is not good.

OK, that’s all I have to vent. Hopefully all of you are injury free and enjoying the beautiful weather out there to get in some runs or stretching or whatever exercises please you the most.

Happy Running!