Quit at Never

This morning I ran 8 km dressed in irony. I wore my race shirt for tonight’s BSN Putrajaya Half Marathon which shouts Quit at Never from the back. I’d dreamed of showing my back to the majority of ladies running tonight but thanks to my Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis I’m hardly able to run 10 km so racing 21 km is out of the question. Quit at Never? Hell no, I’m quitting before I even start!

20131019-111640.jpgOn the positive side, it’s school mid-term and I’m heading to the beach (where, lesson learned by my Achilles Tendons, I will resist the urge to run). My girls (age 11 & 12) and I are flying to Lombok, Indonesia, a tiny island adjacent to Bali for a few days. We’re going to snorkel, visit some craft villages and chill out poolside away from homework and little brother. Pre-injury, I booked the only hotel on the island with a fitness room so I hope to hit the treadmill a few times to continue the fight back to fitness. Unfortunately, I can’t take my physiotherapist with me – think of the gossip! – but I am still packing for rehab: tennis ball ( to roll out my arch), Theraband (ankle strength training) and aqua belt (to give bored people something to stare at in the pool). I’ll be relying on the hotel bar for ice πŸ™‚

Tonight, I plan to watch the final three episodes of Dexter Season 8 and try not think of all the folk shuffling their feet at the start line in Putrajaya. It’s hardly the stuff of dreams, it may even be the source of nightmares, but when it comes to television box sets at least I’m still able to Quit at Never πŸ˜‰

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2 comments

  1. Hey there, my commiserations on the PTT, hope the recovery’s going well. I can relate to the frustration. I got PTT myself from end 2009 to end 2010 (yes, it took a year to heal!), and words can’t describe the joy I felt when I finally ran 21k again in March 2011. I was grinning from ear to ear throughout the whole race!

    Based on what I’ve read so far, you’ve tried everything I tried (and more!), so my only (unsolicited) advice is – try not to rush the come back πŸ™‚ It was one of the major reasons why it took so long for me.

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    • Patrick,
      It’s great to hear a PTT recovery story – though the one year timeframe is a bit scary! Thank you for the advice on not rushing as right now I’m so frustrated by how challenging it is to build up my mileage that it’s tempting to try run every day to get fitter, faster. I will certainly keep your experience in mind. Thank you:)

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