The grotesquely swollen ankle pictured here is not a running injury. It’s a blogging injury.
How prescient was I when I identified blogging, birds and booze as my greatest marathon training vices?
Pretty fucking prescient.
Yesterday afternoon, as I put the finishing touches on a blog post about the day’s birding adventures, I got up from my desk to do something (feed the cats, probably). My right foot had fallen asleep. As I lurched forward through the narrow bed-closet corridor in our back bedroom/office, cats weaving between my legs, I tripped over the flip flop on my insensate foot.
(Why was I wearing flip flops in the apartment? Because I had put them on earlier when I went out to grab a loaf of bread from the market across the street, and kicking them off when I came back inside would have taken a millisecond or two – precious milliseconds that I chose to devote to blogging instead.)
I tripped, my foot contorted into an unnatural angle, and I landed on it hard, with a crunch that detonated an explosion of pain and expletives.
I knew immediately that something either bad or Very Bad had happened. Eighteen hours later, after a little ibuprofen and a lot of ice, I still don’t know which it is. I can walk (kind of), but there’ll be no 8 miles at marathon pace for me today. Or tomorrow. The optimist inside me is holding out some hope for Sunday’s scheduled 16-miler, but the cagey economist inside me isn’t placing any bets.
So there you have it. Once again, blogging and birds prove to be my running downfalls. Booze, I should clarify, was not a factor – though I freely admit that after the damage was done, I hit the rosé pretty hard.
Oh no!!! This is terrible!!
But you do have a way with words, and made a good story out of it, as always! 🙂
I really hope you will be able to run your long miles this weekend!
Thanks, Tifenn! I hope so too. I wish I could have a do-over of yesterday afternoon . . . as much as I appreciate the irony of it all, I appreciate running even more. (Especially when I can’t do it.)
Reblogged this on Tracy F. Green and commented:
Linda was one of my fellow running bloggers way-back-when blogging was the cool thing to do about your running. After surviving breast cancer, Linda is on a quest for a BQ time that I know she can earn at NYC this fall. I wish her the very best, and highly recommend her blog!
Thanks for the shout-out, Tracy (and good luck right back atcha).
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Yep! That doesn’t look good…at all!
It’s even more gorgeous now, having turned all kinds of interesting colors.
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Lol, but ouch!
I’m LOLing, too . . . at the absurdity of it all, and because what else can you do?
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