Saturday, July 06, 2013
You may have noticed that my few most recent posts haven't been very personal and contained little to no information about my progress in my July goals. Let me explain...
I've been a bit bummed about my foot not healing as quickly as I would have liked it to. I even sat out my runs for a few days in hopes that the healing process would be accelerated. I was still keeping up with my other July Challenge goals, but was at a loss as to what cardio I could do to replace my beloved running regimen. I was losing hope in my ability to complete the Titan Challenge, you know that little obstacle race I've been jazzed about for the past 3-4 months. Yea, that little thing. I think it's safe to say that I wasn't a very happy camper & on the contrary was quite the grumpy grinch (before his heart grew 3times its size). I was even more bummed after researching the race's refund policy: NO REFUNDS.
After venting to my bf and a few rounds of pouting, massaging my foot, stretching my foot, icing my foot, standing on my foot to see how well it took the pressure at various angles, I had resolved to not stress my foot any further by attempting to participate in the race. That was early Friday, but after completing my challenge goals for the day (3 rounds of the arms challenge, the abs challenge and day 5 of the squats challenge) I was feeling extra invincible, so I washed a load of workout clothes, printed my race waiver and mapped the route, you know, just in case my foot felt a bit better in the morning.
I woke up around 5 this morning & my foot was still a bit tender (boo!) so I went back to bed. During that time I had a mini dream that I had missed the race & I felt SOO bad about it. I woke up again at 6:15...YES! Plenty of time to make it to my wave on time! I did the necessary grooming, grabbed my clothes from the dryer, made & ate a prerace breakfast (scrambled eggs, a previously baked sweet potato, & a strawberry banana watermelon smoothie), grabbed waiver off of the dining room table, & was out the door! My foot was actually not bothering me as much (I don't know if it actually wasn't hurting or if I was so psyched to do this race that I was subconsciously ignoring the pain).
After following the GPS exactly, which, of course, meant once I had "arrived to my destination" I had to find my way to where I was really supposed to be. When I was about half way, my bf sent a text saying "Don't do it, lol." He knows me all too well. I arrived-still plenty of time before my wave-checked in, and walked around a bit before making my way to the start. I started in the back, in case I had to go slowly or make any stops due to my foot. It felt so good to be running again!! My heart and lungs were very happy, my foot...not so much, but it wasn't angry. The obstacles were actually fun, none of them was extremely challenging, except for maybe the tire wall that had "accidental obstacles" in the form of a couple of wasp's nests and a scorpion.
Now on to the evidence that I am indeed hardheaded
Exhibit 1. I did this race against my better judgement and against the advice of just about anyone who knew abt my foot.
Exhibit 2. I continued to go on with my daily runs, choosing to ignore the pain rather than acknowledge it as a sign that something was/is wrong.
Exhibit 3. I still have yet to get a "professional evaluation" of my foot.
I am proud to say that I conquered ALL of the obstacles and earned my medal!
I am not so proud that I potentially caused myself extra suffering by not listening to my body. Hopefully, my hardheadedness will not result in any long term or permanent complications, but this experience has taught me a bit about priorities. My health should be #1 ALWAYS. In my "determination" to reach a goal, I forgot about what was most important. What if I had slipped in the mud, tripped over some barbed wire, fallen from the rope net, or even stumbled on the gravel and exacerbated an unhealed injury? I would likely have a much longer recovery period which would mean even less ability to be physically active & all for what? A medal, a few action photos, free water, the satisfaction of meeting a short-term goal while possibly derailing my long term goal?
What I did was not wise. Even though the consequences were not extreme, I should have been more careful. Each of our journeys to optimal health, enhanced wellness and better fitness is filled with obstacles & even though we may think we're ready to tackle them and are in a hurry to get through them, sometimes we just have to sit back and wait them out until we're really ready.