The Donkey Galloped

October 13th

Last weekend was the Golden Gallop. 5.28 miles, half a slightly uphill slog, half a total blast downhill.

Golden Gallop

This photo was shot at about the halfway point when I realized I wasn’t going to die. In fact, I was going to keep running as fast as I could. I’ve been nursing this stupid heel injury for three plus years, leaving little motivation for running. If I ran, I spent the next 2-3 days limping, grimacing and swearing.

And yes, I tried everything. Shots. Shock therapy. Expensive shoes. Insoles. Physical therapy. Magical thinking. Massage. And lots and lots of pity party hosting.

I can’t run! I am a runner! A runner who can’t run is just a chubby walker. 

Let’s be frank. The last three years have included a lot of chubby walking. I’ve gained weight without my morning 60 minutes of sweaty, heart screaming cardio. (Go figure.) Imagine my delight when the Golden Gallop came along, I signed up, and was able to complete the race without debilitating pain?

I didn’t limp! In fact, my goal was to “run” the race in less than an hour. I crossed the line at 57 minutes and felt like I deserved an Olympic medal in pathetic suburban athletic exploits. Gold, in fact.

golden gallop

It isn’t my best race photo. Or longest race. Or proudest moment of physical glory. However — this moment is one of my happiest. Because, hot damn: I’m healing! I’m going to be back to triathlons and half marathons sooner than later. I’m going to feel like myself again soon, in many ways.

It may have just been a 5 mile race, but it was a huge triumph.

BOOYAH and take that, stupid plantar. And your weak ways.


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6 Responses

  1. Go girl go!! You know, I have the same problem with my heels. It started after Joey was born, and then…it just went away. (Years later, but still!) I still have some trouble from time to time, but it’s so.much.better. Now maybe I can get my soft suburban self moving, too….

  2. BOOYAH! That is awesome.

  3. That’s awesome! I’m glad your pain is gone. I just started the 5k-10k program so I hope some day (soon) I can run that far 🙂

  4. Oh, that’s awesome! (And, look at that beautiful scenery in your first photo!)

  5. ~*~ Syrinx ~*~ October 16, 2012

    Go you good thing, well done on your run, glad to hear that you weren’t hobbling around during it 🙂

  6. Oh that is greatGREAT news – how awesome! Maybe one of these days we’ll have to race together. THAT would be a good one – of course with cocktails at the end.