Resoled, Sold & Souled


Running of late has been centered around training for the Surf City Marathon. I have, however, hit a stumbling block of sorts in that my shoes at or after 10 miles are killing me. I knew this relative to the half-marathon (the pain that is) but I just assumed that it was the greater distance that was tweaking me and my body would right itself in time. Wrong.

The pain in my knee as well as the pain in my hip did not subside. I thought I would be getting new shoes. What I got instead was resoled. While I am a bit put off at having to pay an extra $60 for soles in a pair of shoes that cost $100+ it beat the hell out of the alternative, a new $100+ pair of shoes. With more than a little concern in the ‘what if it doesn’t solve the problem’ vein, I bought the soles, I set the soles and the pain in the knees is GONE. YAY! The pain in my hip that appears to be a bona fide injury. More on that as information becomes available.

Suffices to say while working this drama out my training schedule has taken a hit and I am concerned. 13 miles I know I’ve got, 26 not so sure.  Speaking of…


Early last month my job assignment at work got switched around, again. The net result has been that I’ve been working locally rather than across country. I’ve never been particularly interested in this assignment and was quite frankly resentful of having gotten it. Turns out, there is a reason I am not in charge. More than one undoubtedly! I mentioned in an earlier post, a need to work a second program and getting a handle on that has necessitated my being local.


Up to this point in the last year I have worked my Al-Anon program as my primary program. To that end I have recently completed my 4th and 5th steps. I have no year one or year-end epiphany to share. It’s been a long year. I have learned a lot. There is a lot more to learn and a lot more work to do.  If there is anything I can say unequivocally now, it is that there is nowhere else I would rather be.

In terms of sobriety? The sum total is this. I have been ‘planting my ass’ in a seat since the spring. I gave up the decision to get or not get sober to God in July. I got my answer in early October. I currently have 50 days.


One Response

  1. And 53 now, if my calculations are correct. Congrats to you. Many, many congrats.

    I’m surprised at the number of people–none of them runners–who describe running as an inexpensive sport. HA!

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