After much consideration, surgery is scheduled for December 30th, a frustrating end to a frustrating year of training. It seems that my foot was just waiting for me to say “Uncle,” as numbness and pain are now an almost-daily event. The recovery is supposed to be “easy” and the running at this time of year isn’t great anyway, so I’m hopeful that I’ll get lucky and be running again as the snow begins to melt.
My attitude towards the recovery following this surgery is different than before. When I ran Philly in the fall of 2012, I was excited about running. I felt like I was poised for a breakthrough and looked forward to making huge improvements in 2013. Unfortunately, 2013 never really got off the ground and I ended up barely moving before VCM with a sub-par performance and an almost-competition free last six months. Surgery isn’t easy and I wish I didn’t have to go through it but in many ways, it allows me to kick off 2014 with great hope. I look forward to rebuilding my feet, my legs and my running fitness. I look forward to the opportunity to train hard and race again. I want to prove to myself (and maybe others) that I still have PRs in me, that I’m nowhere near the top of my talent.
Until surgery, I’m taking each day as it comes. Some days, I can run forever and be mostly comfortable. Other days (like today), my foot went numb walking home and is tender to the touch.
Guess I’d better amend the tagline for this blog…