I've now had my third version of orthotics for almost two weeks, and I'm cautiously optimistic that the third time may be the charm.
I successfully ran two miles in them yesterday, after 7 weeks of not being able to run at all. So what does this mean for my fall race hopes?
Racing OutlookLooking back at my outlook for fall races post, both South Lakes 10K and Perfect 10 have now passed. I volunteered at both of them, so at least I was still part of the races. Today, though, it was hard for me to watch runners crossing the finish line at the Perfect 10. I felt jealous, left out, sad. But I know this will pass, and I know it is silly to feel this way.
I previously transferred my Army Ten-Miler bib, recognizing in early August when I could not run at all that I would not be able to build to ten miles by early October.
That leaves only the MCM 10K and the Richmond Half Marathon on my list. After my brief but successful run yesterday, I looked at the calendar. Five weeks until MCM 10K; seven until Richmond.
If all continues to go well, MCM 10K is a realistic goal; the Richmond Half is not. If my friends end up running Richmond, I may still tag along and run the 8K.
I have to remind myself I would be lucky to be able to run the 8K. Just a few weeks ago I was starting to come to terms with the fact that I might have to let go of running completely. I hope that I don't. I hope my run yesterday marks the turning point in my hallux ridigus journey.