~ BLERGH ~
Who knew this would happen? Certainly, not I! Here’s the thing, I was training for the March Madness Biathlon in Central Park and I was ready, darn it. Really ready in both mind and body.
So, what did I do? Friday, two days before the event, I decide to go for a run in my VFF’s, knowing full well that I could be very sore the next day or two. But, did I listen to myself? NO!!! I just put on the VFF’s and ran. I have a weak left ankle. Let’s face it. It was fractured, very badly, 14 years ago and I had to have open reduction, internal fixation surgery on it. Over the years, it has hurt me from time to time but really hasn’t given me any big trouble…….
Except for A DAY BEFORE the March Madness Biathlon. I kid you not. It swelled up and hurt like a motherfucker. (excuse the language). I couldn’t walk on it, let alone run. And for the March Madness I needed to be able to run. It was run 2 ~ bike 12 ~ run 2 all in Central Park. So, yeah I needed that ankle to be healthier. And believe me, up until about 9pm last night I was going to show up and try to run it. My bike was all ready, my water bottle sat waiting to be filled, sunglasses, arm warmers, even a GU sat staring at me and mocking me waiting to be told what to do.
Then, I receive an email from a friend who really put it in perspective for me. I won’t include the entire email but here is part of it:
Hopefully it is not a bad problem and that it will just go away in a couple of days so you can race next weekend. There will be other duathlons, and it is ABSOLUTELY NOT worth doing damage by racing tomorrow and possibly really hurting yourself.
And with that, I knew that I had to agree and come to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t be participating in March Madness. At least not this year. And I absolutely do not regret the decision. While, I feel sad and very disappointed, I have to move on and think ahead. I have so much coming up and I want to be healthy.
I am also going to seriously rethink running in the VFF’s for a while. I may not even run in them anymore. Perhaps, I will walk around in them at the grocery store and just easy walking. With a weakened ankle, running in the VFF’s could be a bit dangerous. I still love them and love running in them, but not at the expense of my ankle getting hurt and swollen. Not worth it to me.
If you ask me how I feel today, I would have to say a very big BLERGH!!!!
So, with that DNS comes:
And here is a wonderful quote that I truly believe in:
“Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells ‘CAN’T”, but you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘can’. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.” -unknown