Unbelievable

My first run in the mountains since the Trilogy and I sprained the same damn ankle again. Had to limp back to the car. I am so angry. And sad.

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Seen on the run (November 16, 2017)

Faintest sliver of a moon.

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Seen on the run (November 12, 2017)

I’d planned to run fifteen miles, but my heart wasn’t in it. I’ve become a wuss about the cold. I’m not training for anything, so there’s no point in running fifteen miles if I don’t feel like it. 

I’m fine with ten.

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Seen on the run (November 11, 2017)

I came really close to doing the Canary in the Cave 25k today.

It’s probably good that I didn’t. Instead, I ran 5.5 in my trail shoes with about a mile on actual trails. Physically, I was fine. No pain. Mentally, I was a bit of a mess. Leaf-covered trails scare me now!

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Seen on the run (November 7, 2017)

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I’ve discovered the secret to faster running.

Do something really embarrassing right before you run.

I stopped in to vote before my run this morning. After completing my ballot, I went back to check it over and noticed that I had filled in a wrong circle. Ridiculous. There were two choices. I knew which one I wanted. Yet the other circle was filled in. How?!

Good thing I have a huge amount of self-doubt. It means I always check my work.

Looking at my mistake, I wondered if I should ask for another ballot. No. Way too embarrassing. And they might think I’m trying to commit voter fraud.

I just filled in the box I meant to choose and made a big X through the other one. There. Fixed.

But when I fed my ballot into the scanner, it spit it back out at me.

REJECTED.

Damn.

A lady came over, eager to help. She looked like she was going to try to feed it through again, but I decided to save her some time. “It’s not the machine. I messed up.”

It didn’t help that my hair was in pig-tails.

I sheepishly followed her back to the table with the ballots. “We’ve got a spoiled ballot” she told them. I handed over the offending ballot and they crossed off my number and handed me another. Looking at the sheet, I noticed that mine was not the first “spoiled” ballot of the day. The polls had only been open for 40 minutes. I wasn’t sure if that made me feel better or worse.

But no. Worse. Definitely worse.

This was a really important election.

Good grief.

 

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Seen on the run (November 6, 2017)

A good day for morning runners.

There was light on the horizon right from the start.

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Seen on the run (October 31, 2017)

Running, how I’ve missed you.

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I went to see Dr. Wilder last week and he confirmed my suspicion that I have bursitis. But there was some really good news. He gave me the go-ahead to run as long as the pain isn’t so bad it causes me to limp.

I bought a little Achilles protector sleeve online (from a figure-skating store, of all places) and with it on, I’m far from limping. So, I ran three miles on the treadmill on Sunday and four miles on the Monticello trail this morning.

 

The bump on the back of my heel isn’t getting any smaller. In fact, it may be getting bigger, but it doesn’t hurt as much. I’m using a topical NSAID, stretching twice a day and wearing a night splint for at least 30 minutes each day.

If it’s not any better in a month, I’m supposed to go back.

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