A few months back I had to take a little time off running due to some foot niggles. I wrote a post about my beloved Big Toes and the problems they cause me.
I’m very pleased to report that the Morton’s Neuroma seems to be completely healed. I wore the pad in my shoe for a few months but now can do without it. I’m one of the lucky three out of four who don’t need surgery for this condition (so far).
The Abductor Hullucis however will always be there. At times it is so stiff and sore that I limp. But the good thing is that I can’t make it worse and I can manage the discomfort through stretches and strapping. I do my best to ignore it.
Feet? Going pretty well, thankfully.
Big Lesson Learnt? Don’t worry, fret and stress about foot niggles and do self-diagnosis. Feet = Podiatrist. Make an appointment straight away.
It’s been eight weeks of illness for me. Laryngitis and then Bronchitis. I have really struggled.
Finally on Friday I went back to the doctor for the third time. With two runs on this last weekend and a really laboured half marathon the weekend before last, it was important to go and ask some tough questions. My lung capacity isn’t at 100% but it’s getting better. The doctor explained that without 100% lung capacity I’m not getting enough oxygen to my muscles so of course I’m finding it tougher than usual. But he said it was ok for me to keep running. He wasn’t worried at all and told me to take it easy and it should be another week and I’ll be fighting fit again. Yay!
With illness comes doubt – big marathon-sized doubts.
My marathon dreams are alive and well, but being unwell has certainly led me to doubt if I can run those 42.2kms.
Poo poo I say to doubts. I don’t run to get good times, I am a fun runner, a happy runner and very much a distance runner. I have no tickets on myself whatsoever. I run for the pure, unadulterated joy of running. I run to challenge myself and to prove that I can do this running thing AND along the way it is my firm will and intention to encourage others to do the same. To pursue their dreams whatever they are.
Doubts be quiet! If I can run up a mountain I can certainly train and be at the start line of a marathon. I can give those 42.2kms my very best shot – 4:30:00 to 5:00:00? However long it takes me to run this first marathon will be a PB! AND if I don’t make it the first time, I can pick myself up, dust myself off and try again. That makes it a winning thing!
Don’t listen to doubts. If you ever need someone to tell you to keep trying or to cheer you on, I’m up for the job.
Discouragement, negative thoughts, listening to doubters…let is all be water off a duck’s back, stick with the positive camp, we are much more fun!
Happy running 🙂
PS this weekend I ran my fourth Westbury Fun Run, it was so good! Will tell you all about it next.