I had to make the final decision to withdraw from the Masters Track and Field World Championship competition, a decision I was still dimly hoping I wouldn't have to make. Now when I perouse the registration status of my events, I no longer see my name. I officially withdrew and have been deleted. With just a bit over a month to go before the meet, I still am not able to manage any type of quality run, and a lesser run leaves me limping for several days thereafter. The timing of injuries will always and forever baffle me.
I won't deny that I am fully disappointed, but in the back of my mind I ponder that I may have other opportunities along these lines in the future. Afterall, I am now a proud owner of a U.S. Olympic competition uniform and a member of USATF, and I have a sweet renewed interest in track and field competition which happens to be quite popular in Santa Barbara.
I am now focusing on training smart, though most of it comes in the form of cross-training. I was attempting to run approximately every other day (only able to do about 3 runs per week), but even that plan has proved to be too much. I had a nice, though painful 8 mile run last Saturday, and followed it up with a harder 6+ mile run on Monday, but have been in pain ever since. So I refrained from the ground and hit the elliptical and water all the more but with some amount of frustration and anger. If I am able to manage it, I will go for 10 miles on solid ground tomorrow. That's just to maintain my sanity I think.
When random people see me limp (and trust me, I try not to limp) and ask why, my explanation it seems is always met with "advice." Some will say, "Oh, you should try icing it." Yah! Duh! Others will say, "Ohhhhh. Gee I'm sorry. Do you think it's ruptured? Be careful." Whatever!! The one that hit me this week was, "Oh, those are bad. You know you can't train through that. You have to let it heal." I let them know of my 6 week lay-off which left me no more healed than the day it happened. I have had a San Diego running partner, ultra-marathoner genius, recommend and offer a trip to his therapist whom he swears by. At my first opportunity I hope to try and see, and pray for a miracle. Thank you for that Mike!
Anyway ... more than ever, I hate seeing people run when I can't. And I despise the pain that plagues me when I try. Feeling a bit like Achilles. Is it not the most ironic and bizarre revelation that the Achilles tendon was named after the mythological hero Achilles who's only weakness was his "heel."
I'm thankful for a strong training partner and coach in John. He is the epitome of positive and keeps the swim workouts nice and hard, and inspires me with his growth as a runner. I haven't even had the opportunity to lament the inadequacy of swimming in comparison to running. The swims have just been so good and I've been able to stay fit. I've recently added the elliptical into my routine and have found that an interval session on that bad boy can get my heart rate up to 170 bpm. Drippy, drippy, sweaty, sweaty. In time I will spend more time on the solid ground, but until then, plastic/metal, and H2O will suffice. It could always be worse, right?
I've been deleted from the competition, but I'm far from out.