Spotted: Crazy, Fugly Runnergirl On A Murderous Rampage in Central Park

3 May

… or just me plodding through the park with a combination of happiness to be running and frustration that a 4 miler could feel so damn difficult.


I ran a 4 mile race in Central Park 2 Sundays ago.  I finished in just under 32 minutes, which was, meh, whatever.  Seeing as how I hadn’t run in over 3 months, my expectations were pretty damn low.  I was kind of pleasantly surprised at first, but then found myself pretty depressed because in all honesty, I should be able to run a 4 miler at better than an 8 min/mile pace, for Pete’s sake.  My PR marathon pace is really not THAT much slower than that.  Ugh.

I should also mention that hours after the 4 miler (during which, by the way, I didn’t really experience any foot pain) I found myself in IMMENSE pain, to the point where I could hardly walk.  That brought that particular weekend to a lovely conclusion, as I bawled about the fact after months of forgoing running, attempting to embrace spinning, buying all kinds of foam rollers and trigger point doohickeys and various shoe inserts, Physical Therapy, different doctor visits, scary injections, and other crapola, one 4 mile run put me right back where I was before I did all of that.  I just felt such a crushing emotional blow, like everything I had done — all the angst and stress and money– was a complete waste.  I spent the remainder of that Sunday holed up on my sectional couch eating food I’d ordered off of Seamless web and  and watching “Veep” and “Girls” on HBO.  (I did, however, manage to wait to watch Mad Men, since T was working and that’s our show.  And can I just say that MM has been effing awesome this season?!?!?)

Anyhow.  Since I’m a glutton for punishment, I did yet another 4 miler this past Sunday.  My time was better, (not that it really matters) and my foot hurt a lot less in the aftermath.  No idea why.  I also thought I’d share the photo described in the title of this post, because it’s too amazing not to.  Friends’ reactions have included the following.

Kim: OMG I can’t lie.  It’s bad.  HAHAHAHAHA.

Molly:  You are so beautiful.  But, uh, not in that pic.

Well, see for yourself, friends.


In other news, though I am far from embracing spinning, it turns out I’m decent at it.  All I had to do was decide to put my name up on the “torque board” and suddenly I started spinning my little heart out.  I start getting crazy competitive and trying to “win” as often as I can.  So I found myself on the Flywheel website a few days ago, idly clicking here and there, and I discovered that they list the top 10 men and women for each week at each studio and that I had landed in the top 10 women at the UES studio not once, but twice!  WHAT?

Take a wild guess which one is me

If you’re ever in a Flywheel class and you see “SweatyKT” on the torque board, come find me and say hi!  You’ll know it’s  me, ’cause I’ll be the sweatiest person in the class, men included.

And now for a quick foot update.  I saw the doc who did the injection this past Monday.  He looked at a sonogram of my foot and showed me where objectively it was looking better.  He is puzzled, however, as to why it is still hurting.  He also said that it’s a good sign that I’m even able to run 4 miles, but I’m finding it difficult to look at it that way since I’d like to be running a hell of a lot more than that, and without crazy-intense pain in the aftermath.  Anyhow… he had me go get an MRI to see if maybe there was some kind of issue on top of my PF that is causing this trouble.  He acknowledged that I’ve done pretty much everything I should be doing for my foot.  I got the MRI done yesterday and now I am waiting for the results…

Yesterday I had my final insurance-covered PT session and from here on out, if I want to go, it’s $100 a pop.  My PT also said that he is completely bamboozled as to why my foot is still hurting, given that I’ve done pretty much everything.  I guess it’s some consolation to have everyone in agreement that I’m doing everything I can(?)

I’ve started seriously considering accepting that my running days are over and attempting to find a new …. No!  F*ck it!  I’m not giving up!!!!  (That’s as far as I usually get with that thought.)

If anyone has any stories of glorious recovery from injuries to share, that would be swell.  Sweaty Emily‘s recovery from her broken foot is nothing short of legendary, but as my PT informed me– muscle and bone injuries are a lot easier to recover from than tendon injuries.  Sweet.  However, I want to reiterate that coming back from an injury by running a 3:08 marathon is just… wow.  I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t wish I’d broken my foot instead of getting freaking plantar fasciitis.

But life goes on, I’ll be running again… some day soon(????PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE) and at least I have horrifically, fantastically terrible photos of myself to keep me smiling…

20 Responses to “Spotted: Crazy, Fugly Runnergirl On A Murderous Rampage in Central Park”

  1. Lori May 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    I’ve run (pun intended?) out of ways to let you know how sorry I am. This is so unfair and I know it is killing you to not able to do something that you love so much. I keep waiting for you to miraculously wake up and be cured….my fingers and toes are still crossed that something good is going to happen soon. Hang in there!!

    • Katie May 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      You are such a good friend. Thank you. 🙂

    • Lactic Addict July 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      I’ll be looking for you on the torq board, SweatyKT…love me a good Flywheel competitor ❤

  2. Celia May 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    It’s a good sign that the second time you ran you hurt less. At least I think it is. Maybe your foot just needs more running and the pain will go away. Hope the MRI brings good news!!

  3. Josie May 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Oh man. Injuries suck!! Whilst I can’t run myself now- I do have a good recovery story. I was sidelined for one and half years with a chronic ITB injury (sadly its my itb again now but anyway…). The point is- I went to lots of different physios, doctors etc- I had massage, ultrasound, 3 cortisone shots, the works. And I still couldn’t run. It was so upsetting and after so long I thought like you- maybe I will take up another sport. Archery? Bike riding? But they never appeals like running.
    I finally found a PT in Santa Monica, Ca where I was for the summer and with the right mix of deep massage, stretching, strengthening work etc- I was cured!!
    So I know that it seems right now like it will never get better- but it will!! You just have to keep the faith, do strength work instead of cardio (haha- just kidding!!), etc. You will find the right solution and you will run again without pain.
    Now… soon…a beer… it helps! 🙂

    • Katie May 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

      I know you get it, Josie! Maybe I should take a little trip to Santa Monica to see this miracle worker. And YES, let’s get that beer soon!

  4. Alex @ therunwithin May 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Injuries are no fun but when I saw this I had to comment. I thought I would never run again after my pelvic bone stress fracture. BUT instead I took a good 6-7 months of no running. Yep you heard it, a distance runner who ran everyday for almost four years took a break. Best decision I made. I am such a better runner now and no pain, no lingering pain what so ever. Hang in there, it will all work out.

    • Katie May 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

      Good for you for taking a 7 month break. I am sure that was tough! Thanks for sharing. These happy endings always help me. 🙂

  5. Kimra May 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    “I’ve started seriously considering accepting that my running days are over and attempting to find a new …. No! F*ck it! I’m not giving up!!!!” <— hahaha, yep. I have gotten so far as to finish that thought, sometimes even with a, "remember when I used to crochet?" added onto the end. And then my husband says, "I don't think you mean that" and I say "I don't mean that at all" and we're back to the beginning.

    Good luck with the MRI! I can't decide if I'm rooting for you that it shows nothing or that it shows something really obvious and fixable. I hope it isn't weird that I'm kind of wishing for the latter, because I kind of wish I'd had the latter?

    • Katie May 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      I feel the same– also kind of wishing for the latter, because the PF itself just isn’t fixable. Thanks as always for the support, Kimra. 🙂

  6. katiemoves May 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    I’ve struggled with Plantar fasciitis also..not fun for sure…everyonce in a while it just acts up..its definitely a frustrating injury. I kept playing on it for a while and it turned into a stress reaction in my foot, so definitely take care of yourself!

    • Katie May 4, 2012 at 8:37 am #

      Yes, I’m definitely trying to do that. 🙂

  7. Kristy (@RunTheLongRoad) May 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    i think you did awesome in that race! you need to give yourself more credit!

    you think the fact that you raced those 4 miles could possibly be why your foot hurt more compared to a week later? you would actually think just the opposite, in fact, since you were probably on your foot running LESS during the race compared to a week later. i dunno, food for thought?

    that picture is hysterical. who has flattering race photos anyway? not me!!

    • Katie May 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      Hmm, I feel like I’ve seen some cute race pics of you, Kristy!

  8. thethinksicanthink May 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Yo, a few points here:

    1) umm you RACED after basically not running for a few months – under 32 is still REALLY good, considering, umm, you haven’t been training!!!

    2) all race pictures are bad. fact.

    3) someone over here had a tendon injury and is back to running. you will get there.

    hang tough!!!

    • Katie May 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      Yeah! After I wrote this post, I wished I had mentioned you and your BALLER FIRST PLACE 5K. What an awesome way to recover. You’re my hero. 🙂

  9. Kelly May 4, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    I’m sorry, Katie 😦 what a finicky injury to hurt really badly after one run and then not so much after another? I am mad at your foot for being such a jerk. Don’t lose hope though, you WILL run pain-free again and you’re doing everything you can.

    Also, nice job at the race! Not running for 3 months is a long time! And that photo and your caption made me LOL 🙂

    • Katie May 4, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      My foot really is such a jerk. Thanks for the positive thinking!!! 🙂

  10. Marisa Garcia May 14, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    Hi I found your blog as I have been obsessively reading anything I can on PF. I am not a runner but a dancer and you are the first person I feel that understands how insanely frustrating and really heart breaking it is to not be able to do the thing you love. I would love to email or speak to you about your experience if you are willing. I feel like no one understands what I am going through emotionally dealing with this injury. (not to mention I am just recovering from surgery from a Different foot injury also.) I hope you are finding support and relief.

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