Its the one word any sportsman dreads and one that runners want to run away from. I write this post frustratingly but needing to get my thoughts of off my chest.
Its been nearly 3 weeks now since I fell badly on a training run ascending Table Mountain. I fooled myself into thinking it was a sprain but I knew it wasn’t so. The last time I had felt this much pain was when I was playing football in England close to 18 years ago.
The xrays showed no fracture and I saw Dr Jason Suter at Constantiaberg who confirmed I had torn my Anterior Tilofibular Ligament. I thank my lucky stars that I have hypermobility in my feet as it could have been so much worse with more limited range.
The swelling is still there, the pain is still there, I can’t load the foot and the range of movement is severely limited. Wednesday evening was my first time trying to exercise since my injury. I only managed 10 minutes on a stationary bike before the pain set in followed by more frustration. I carried on for another 10 minutes but had to stop. After speaking to both my trusted physio Miranda Symons and getting advice from Dr Suter I have decided to contact the PUFfeR committee today and withdraw my entry. PUFfeR is an iconic run limited to an entry of 125 runners and goes from Cape Point to the Waterfront covering 80kms along the Cape Peninsula trails and mountains.
It pains me so much to do this as I have trained so hard and was in the best physical condition I have been in. I really wanted to race well this year but I am now more concerned about proper rehabilitation and coming back stronger and fitter than ever. It seems a better choice to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy this great run. There will be another PUFfeR and R2D2 (my PUFfeR number) will see another race.
What I will miss most though are the trails and getting to explore our beautiful Cape Peninsula. The freedom and the inner peace I feel when running in nature’s beauty. The opportunity for my mind to quieten and the feeling of fulfilment as my soul revitalises and is filled with joy.
I am gone from the trails but for a little while take care of my soul while my body and mind heals.
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