There is a lot of emotion tied up in any event you anticipate, plan for, train for, so it was with a heavy heart that I made the decision to withdraw from the Great Ocean Road Marathon at the last moment.
Through training and some bad luck I managed to end up with retrocalcaneal bursitis. A bursa is a small sack of fluid that sits between a tendon and a bone to help the tendon move smoothly over the bone. The retrocalcaneal bursa is situated in the feet between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone. Which basically feels like my heel feels like it is on fire.
It was a big call to withdraw, already in Melbourne and in every other aspect ready to compete. I have been training hard and have sacrificed a lot, I was feeling great and running well, I was on target for a personal best and a high ranking time. Being struck down with this injury so close to the actual event was extremely difficult to deal with.
However, with a lot of support from friends, colleagues and clients, I slowly came to terms with it. I was in two minds before heading off to Melbourne so threw my shoes on the day before the race and tried a little run - just in case, only to get about 20 meters in absolute agony, my dream was shattered, for this year anyway.
I still can’t run, and I have about another month until I can, I really can’t do much to be honest and it’s driving me crazy. So in the meantime I have been reading up on running technique, devising a calculated marathon plan and signing up to every race that I can find to help me towards the goal of competing in the Great Ocean Road Marathon next year. You’ll see me at the start line (fingers crossed) of City2Surf and Sydney Marathon.
I know I made the right decision, no matter how hard that was for me to do. Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture and I know I would have done more damage by running and caused myself more downtime. I am determined to make this year my year of training and to make sure I do it properly for my body, my injuries and work with the professionals to make it my best year yet!