Healed, but…

Left—October 29th, nearly 4 days after fracturing left foot, fifth metatarsal: Right—December 11th, 6 weeks 5 days post-injury. New, thicker bone filling in the fracture line. I AM HEALED! Shouting from the rooftops!!!!! Alas, keeping boot on till next Thursday to help new bone transition through infancy. Then… Christmas run forthcoming!! My new life will…

Hanging On

5 more days in the gym since Monday. XXXVII days now in the gym with air cast. 6 weeks, 3 days since fracture. I hiked around yesterday for about 23,000 steps. It was a cool winter’s day. And it felt great. Eagerly, I await my final x Ray on Tuesday. I hope it shows complete…

Why Me?

I still can’t help but wonder: why me? Fractured foot———is this real, or a nightmare?! Just when I’ve been getting back into racing shape. No PRs on the immediate horizon, but I’ve been chipping away. And lately my racing instinct has been on the rise as I effectively put away two competitors in the final…

Gym Days XIV-XVII

Monday, 11/12: Arms-Back [similar to workouts stated in earlier posts] Tuesday, 11/13: BREAK New X Ray…. New calcium filling in fractured places (blurriness within two cracks on 5th metatarsal is calcium)! Wednesday, 11/14: Legs [similar to workouts in earlier posts] Thursday, 11/15: Abbreviated Circuit Only about 18 minutes before Chinese lesson… Ab machine: 150 lbs…

Gym Work Day V

Saturday, 11/03: Air Running– x 8 :70 sec do maybe two reps, then :80. Last two at :90, :92. Held myself with only elbows, a bit with hands on grips and core, mostly. Legs moving in air. Heart rate between 120-130 each time. 6 consecutive with maybe minute rest between each. Last two completed after…

Fractured Foot No Matter: 3 Days of Gym Work

Here’s what I’ve done today and each of the past two days in my quest to maintain running fitness while allowing recovery of my left foot. Found new cardio! Friday, 11/02: Hammy leg curls 50 lbs 4 x sets (15 reps per set) Air Bike (“cycling” with legs in air) 4 x for these seconds:…

Diagnosis

So, what should I do now that I have an excuse not to run for a while? I eagerly began my gym training today. I don’t know yet what the best plan is, but I’m hatching plans left and right. One footed biking? Rowing? (But no machine in my gym) I need cardio. Can’t use…

6th Time’s a Charm, Right?

In the dark of night, they were coming for me. I didn’t know how close they were, but in that sixth attempt, I wanted it badly. I went out in the driver’s seat, as my tenth grade student runner Tony had done in last month’s race. Typically, I don’t lead from the gun. I build….

Dreamscape

Two nights before… I’m holding up cards I’d sent Papaw, showing him. He’s smiling, happy. Then, I’m in the famed basement of 2715 Alice Avenue. Watching TV, waiting for my grandparents to arrive. Eventually, I go upstairs and find them in their bedroom watching TV with my parents. Relaxed. Happy we are. Just like it…

What’s the Dead Sea Really Like?

How salty is it, really? Ever drunk vodka straight? The saltiness is so extreme, it’s like that in your mouth. I felt like, one accidental gulp of water would OD me with salt. Know how in most oceans-seas-lakes, you run your hand along the bottom and come up with sand, or plants, or mud? Here’s…

So Small

Up the stone path, at first it’s like a large hill. Like the ones we ran in Suzhou. Towering trees overhead. Gray headstones grow from terraced slopes. The three of us hike through this ancient graveyard. Green moss covers some headstones. A crudely made white ceremonial headdress hangs from a post over another grave. One…

How Do I Feel?

Hair’s on fire Heart’s beating outta my chest I’m a fucking pack of TNT ready to explode Gunpowder from the grenade in hand burns flesh Restful sleep interrupted by fitful nightmares Fists punching me, hard Lashing in… …lashing out Am I still bleeding? Or, am I healing ? This is All so Fucked I’m sacred….