When it comes to me and accidents, the old saying holds true: If it's not one thing, it's another. After being out sick for a few weeks and finally feeling that I'm where I should be with my training, I am once again down on my luck--this time with a sprained foot arch. I keep asking myself, 'Is this really happening? Have I really come all this way to potentially sit it out on race day?'
Before I left for Long Island, I got together with a few of my teammates to squeeze in an extra Coney Island swim (see pic below)--and my confidence was soaring. And my weekend home for the fourth of July resulted in lots of bbq'ing, good times with my family, and an amazing workout on the beach with my best friend. However, yesterday my right foot started to ache--every few steps I'd take I'd feel a sharp pain in my arch. At first I confused it with needing a good stretch and didn't think much about it, but it's still aching and I'm worried. I reached out to my triathlon coaches today and they agree that I should lay off running and keep up my cardio on the elliptical or bike at the gym (I hate the elliptical). They think it's likely just a sprained arch--medically speaking, that's called plantar fasciltis; I checked it out online and wish I hadn't because now I'm even more worried: if I don't treat this right--by icing a few times a day and putting a halt to the running--I could risk participating in the triathlon altogether, which is only 3 weeks away!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed this injury gets better by this weekend. I'm going on a 3-day press trip for Shape to Mohonk Mountain House to check out a special triathlon clinic being offered; and I really want to compete in the mini-distance race on Sunday. Unfortunately, as of right now, my coaches are telling me not to practice, but to devour as much information as I can from the professional triathletes who will be there--luckily because of my job I get to experience cool things like this. But honestly, I'm feeling pretty defeated right now and frustrated that if this is more serious than I expect, running could be a problem for me from here on out. Running is the one thing I feel that I'm good at and the only way I know how to get my body in shape how I like it--if I can't run anymore I'll be devastated. I'm told positive thoughts bring positive results (thanks Dino), so I'm going to stay optimistic for this weekend and for race day. I'll keep you posted after my trip.