It has happened….I am injured…I am in a cast from my toes to almost my knee due to an insertion tear that happened at the Harbison 50K in Columbia, SC…… This is actually my 3rd cast since January 4th….every week I go in and receive a different colored and position fiberglass encased cast to assist with the healing process. I then return home to sulk in a most unattractive fashion….I have consumed approximately 20 cans of Pringle’s chips….12 assorted Ritter Sport chocolate bars….none of them in the very trendy dark chocolate version…bring on the HIGH FAT MILK chocolate people…. I have literally PINNED 5,871 objects that I will never accomplish in this lifetime….AND to top it all off…Today is January 26…and MY CHRISTMAS TREE IS STILL UP…..
Theoretically, I could be doing sit ups, perhaps bent knee push ups, lifting weights with my arms….Also I imagine these other people that live in my house COULD take down the Christmas tree before Jesus dies on the cross and rises again three days later….but that remains to be seen now doesn’t it….When a runner that relies heavily on running to center, to literally function to get through the day is injured it becomes more than an singular injury….it becomes an identity crisis…a coping issue….Pringles, while delightfully salty and light, neatly organized in the little silo like container, gives me a sense of satisfaction upon accomplishment of completion…it is not the same as a nice trail run of 6, 10, 16 miles……This Wednesday is the final cast cut off and I will go to a cam walker boot….then start walking and running back to the gritty glitter world of normalcy…. with an extra shelf of jiggle around the middle for added fun!!!