"Hear No EVIL"
"Speak NO EVIL"
That was pretty much like what I felt or did when I went to go finally go see my orthopedic doc the other day. First it took a month just to get an appointment and I knew what was going to be the outcome.
First the "B" team comes in to see me, aka the physical therapist. Stretches and twist me to check out my flexibility. I tell them I'm an Ultra Runner, surprisingly she knows what that is.
Therapist: So you don't do marathons anymore?
Bubba: kinda of tired of them.
Therapist: So you have done Boston?
Bubba: No! I'm one of those slow runners!
Then the orthopedic Doc comes in:
Doc: So you've done IronMan?
Bubba: No. Just the one in Wisconsin.
Doc: I did a 32 mile trail run and wanted to do Western States before I got injured.
Okay, why do people equate Marathon's with Boston, and IronMan with Kona, and Ultra's with Western States. Do you know how hard it is to get into any of these, let alone just being fast, you need some lottery luck just to get into Western States 100 miler (considered the Boston marathon of Ultra's).
For some reason I was a little irked by the whole dialogue. Maybe it is just me?
I'll spare you the details of what the evil words a doctor can tell a runner. But I'm running and racing anyway. My MRI test are scheduled for my ankle after my attempt of 100 miles at McNaughton. But the doc did spook me a little bit and I know I need to run cautiously until my final prognosis is determined.
So with a 5:15am start time on Saturday, me and two friends set out into the darkness for a little trail running. I did get them a little lost trying to find the single track trails but they seem to have a good time. One person fell while running and I said "you've been baptized" to trail running. "As long as you get up", that is the most important thing, I told her while I helped her up.
It was a good run, the evil words from the doc left from my thoughts and felt free again to live the life I want to lead.
"the most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own record." ~ Amelia Earhart
So with that, 1st race in the "Illinois Ultra Grand Slam" race series is on Saturday, Clinton Lake Trail race. Thirty miles of trails and probably some mud, it will be a training run, cautiously I will run, but run I will.