So I’ve had a very emotional couple of weeks. After several physio sessions and plenty of resting, I still haven’t been able to shake the pain in my foot. My friends and family will attest to the fact that I take most things in my stride and can always find a way around, or over, most obstacles. It took one of the smallest bones in my body to break me!
The morning of the KWAY VOB Constantia 15km race, I woke up with quite a bit of pain in my foot, but despite this, I laced up and walked to the start line – all the while trying to hide my limp and pain from my OptiFit teamsters who would never have allowed me to run.
All was going well until kilometer 5 when the pain overwhelmed me. I could hear my OptiFit manager, Rodet’s, voice in my head, as he told me to stop running if I felt pain, as this would just make my injury worse. As runners whizzed past me without a care in the world, the frustration and disappointment culminated in me breaking down like a 15 year old girl whose high school boyfriend had just broken up with her via a text message. Needless to say I did not manage to complete the race.
On Monday morning I went back to SSISA to see Chris Delpierre the miracle working podiatrist. I walked out of his office feeling a lot better and with a clear idea of what was to come. Chris managed to assist me with orthotics to support my foot when running in order to keep pressure off the pesky cuboid bone. I also walked out with a new diagnosis – cuboid syndrome.
Over and above this, the greatest value I got from that consultation was advice from Chris and Kathy, my OptiFit Coach, who accompanied me to my appointment. There is no quick fix for this injury, I need to a. Rest my foot a. Trust the training I have done so far c. Cross my fingers and hope on 26 March ‘16 the inflammation and pain will be gone (or minimal), and I will be able to run and finally d. Injuries are part of the running journey so I need to embrace the entire process and not only focus on the disappointment.
When I reflect on all that has happened so far, it’s pretty much like life – we have to get up every morning and do the best we can, sometimes things are out of our control BUT we have to keep going. Whatever happens we can’t stop moving. So, bearing all of this in mind, I have continued with spinning to keep my fitness levels up, and every morning I get up - the pain in my foot is a little less and it looks more and more like I will be able to take on the OMTOM half as I set out to.
I have learnt to appreciate that no one is immune to disappointment and the crippling emotions that accompany it. When it knocks on your door, allow yourself to cry but don’t stay down – keep moving forward. Ten days to go and I am confident I will be struggling up Southern Cross with the rest of you.