According to Wikipedia... Denial is a defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.
My right foot started to hurt during my first long training run on the SHT back in mid-July. It hurt a little during Voyageur. Specific PT work seemed to help and I didn't have any problems at Sawtooth. Case closed.
Towards the end of TCM my right foot started to hurt. I complained for several days afterwards and lots of people asked if it was the same foot that was bothering me before. No, I think that was my left one. Took a few days off running after TCM, iced the foot, taped the foot. Ran several times last week in DC but at a slower pace so the foot felt fine. And by Saturday I thought I was in the clear.
Along comes a hard (but oh-so-fun) run at Afton Sunday morning. Sore foot. Not awful. Not bad enough to stop me running 6 miles on the Luce Line this evening with Cathy and Igor. But sore enough to know it's not recovered. And guess what... I re-read my blogs from July and discover that yes, of course it was my right foot that hurt back then. It was more towards the forefoot whereas the pain now is more on the bridge of my foot. But I am sure it's all related.
I should be resting it. Focus on biking and swimming and feel confident that I've done enough already to have a good IM marathon. But it's Fall... I love running in the Fall! The next few weekends at Afton promise to be some of the best runs all year. And I have Hellgate to think about.
Denial. Right up there with stubbornness.
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