“Miniature Disasters”

Song of the Post: “Miniature Disasters” by KT Tunstall

I have had a little bit of step back today. I decided to finally do a little more research on the heel pain I have been experiencing the past few days, or I guess almost a week now, and what I found wasn’t what I was hoping for. It looks like the general consensus is I need to rest and do very little exercise. I am going to try to take only a few days off to just ice, take anti-inflammatories, and stretch. Hopefully it helps. I know I need to transition into my next set of shoes which hopefully will help once they are broken in and I am considering getting sport inserts to help cushion around my heel so it hopefully doesn’t happen again. I am really pretty upset about this but there isn’t much I can do. At this point I still feel I could probably get back into training so I could at least finish the marathon in September but now doubting a little bit that I could make it under four hours.  I guess I will see what the next few days bring and I all I can do is just hope I can run my long distance run on Sunday.

On the MS side of things I have been struggling with numbness on my left side the past few weeks however luckily it has mainly just been an annoyance rather then a hindrance. It really hasn’t bugged me too much but just a reminder that I have MS. I have also noticed lately that when I have a more stressful day that I feel the numbness in my left side a lot more. Makes me wonder at times if this numbness is here to stay and will only be kept under control with my Neurontin. And to top off my bad heel news my right arm and the right side of my face started going numb this afternoon. Luckily it appears to be going away now but it is always interesting when part of the face goes numb because it usually feels like you just got a shot at the dentist and that your face is sagging or drooping on one side. However everything is fine and I look normal, makes one feel a little self conscience.

Well, hopefully I will have some better news report in the next few days. Off to icing and more icing. (And maybe to playing some Just Dance 2 on the Wii to keep me somewhat in shape ;-))

Song of the post lyrics:

“I don’t want to be second best
Don’t want to stand in line
Don’t want to fall behind
Don’t want to get caught out
Don’t want to do without
And the lesson I must learn
Is that I’ve got to wait my turn

Looks like I got to be hot and cold
I got to be taught and told
Got to be good as gold
But perfectly honest
I think it would be good for me
Coz it’s a hindrance to my health
I’m a stranger to myself

Miniature disasters and minor catastrophoes
Bring me to my knees
Well I must be my own master
Or a miniature disaster will be
It will be the death of me

I don’t have to raise my voice
Don’t have to be underhand
Just got to understand
That it’s gonna be up and down
It’s gonna be lost and found
And I can’t take to the sky
Before I like it on the ground

And i need to be patient
And i need to be brave
Need to discover
How i need to behave
And I’ll find out the answers
When i know what to ask
But i speak a different language
And everybody’s speaking too fast

Miniature disasters and minor catastrophoes
Bring me to my knees

Well I must be my own master
I’ve got to run a little faster
I need to know I’ll last if a little
Miniature disaster hits me
It could be the death of me”

2 thoughts on ““Miniature Disasters”

  1. You are an amazing woman. I also have MS, and on my 7th week of marathon training. I live in MN and the heat/humidty are almost unbearable at times. You can be very proud of what you are doing, and how you tackle your MS. I can tell you have a postive spirit, and no matter what you keep plugging away. Training is hard, and it’s been 15 years since I’ve attempted a marathon. I’ve had MS for 18 years now, and ran 3 marathons with MS. Now I’m 46 years old, and a bit slower, but also a bit wiser. I was experienceing heel pain too. I bought new running shoes and no more pain. I also switched brands, from Brooks to Saucony. My Brooks were too soft in the heel, and after 10 miles or so, I could no longer stand the pain. I also deal with numbness, weakness. At times it feels like I’m running on broken glass. I’m also dealing with blurred vision in my right eye. In fact it’s my right side that gives me problems. As hard as it is, I try not to focus on my MS, but there are times when it takes over. I’m also finding I need more recovery time during runs…I need naps, and time by myself. Even though I feel selfish I have to put myself first. A long time ago I learned that I have to do my best to stay in shape and take care of myself. At any time my MS can take a turn for the worst, and I don’t want to have any regrets. I’m running 6 days a week, and 3 of those runs are with my personal trainer. He is amazing, and just qualifed for Boston. Over a year ago I started training with him and told him all he needs to worry about is keeping me going, and I will deal with my MS. The truth is both you and I are doing amazing things, how many people can run, let alone have MS. I have many bad runs, but I committed to running another marathon. If I have to walk, I walk, but I will not quit. Remember you have what it takes, and never give up. Like the saying goes…MS will not define me. Take care of your heel, and wishing you the best on your training. I cannot thank you enough for sharing your story, and your running journey. I no longer feel alone in my own jouney. Have a wonderful day.

    Trisha Ferguson-Bush
    WInona, MN

    PS…Tomorrow I run 16, and Sunday 8.

  2. I also am living with MS, and have found that running has been a great outlet for me. It lets me feel in control of something in my life. I hope your heel pain heals quickly (sorry for the pun). Good luck with your running.

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