Sunday, September 25, 2016

I Ran! Will I Race?

These past months have been challenging as I've tried to figure out how to manage hallux rigidus, and whether I can still run.

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 Outlook

Looking 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.


  1. Wow, so sorry to hear about this and so hopeful the new orthotics work out!!

  2. I sure hope the 3rd times the charm! I wish I had seen you at the Perfect 10 yesterday!

    1. Thank you Angela! I saw you from afar - loved your outfit (as always)!

  3. I hope your new orthotics do the trick. It's so hard watching your friends train for races you love, but can no longer run...

    1. Thanks Debbie! I know you know the feeling. My new orthotics are much more like yours now. They feel so much better.