This week I got some disappointing news.
According the experts, I may not make it to the Two Oceans finish line. In the words of my physiotherapist, Damian Swartz, "Due to the fact that we're only halfway through the treatment, this may not be an easy race for you.
"You might make it, you might not."
I sustained a common runner's injury – a tendinopathy in the inner ankle. Read all about it in a previous blog.
My heart nearly sank when I heard those words, but my mind is strong and I know that I can do it.
When I was asked if I wanted to pull out due to the possibility of a niggle during the race, I very defensively answered:
"I've made it through five weeks of training, which included sacrificing my Saturday morning sleep-ins, and three weeks of Shock Wave Therapy – so why on Earth would I not go to the Two Oceans startline now?"
So, the guys strapped me up, worked out a new race strategy (alternating between running and walking) and advised me to listen to my body on the day.
The experts at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa are geniuses. They've done all they can to get me strong, and if there's even a small chance that I can do this, I'm giving it my best shot.
This is what my leg looks like – and I think it's quite cool:
Right now, my excitement is shooting through the roof and I cannot wait for race day!
I'm also really looking forward to registration and the OMTOM Inspiration Theatre at the Cape Town Convention Centre, where I hope to run into some of you guys that have been following my journey. Come greet me if you see me!
Get some encouragement from some of the organisers of the event and find out more about the OMTOM Inspiration theatre in the video:
Here are the rest of my blogs, in case you missed one:
My 8 week journey to the 21km Two Oceans Marathon – week 6
My 8 week journey to the 21km Oceans Marathon – week 5
My 8 week journey to the 21km Two Oceans Marathon – week 4
My 8 week journey to the 21km Two Oceans Marathon – week 3
My 8 week journey to the 21km Two Oceans Marathon – Week 2
My 8 week journey to the 21km Two Oceans Marathon – Week 1
My 8 week journey to the 21k Two Oceans Marathon – Week 0
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