Take a hard look. Yeah, that's right. You're looking at the new Boulder Running Examiner* for The Examiner. I am finally going to be published and I might make like $.13 an article. Enough to ride the horse 13 times at the grocery store or to buy 1/26 of a latte. Irregardless, this is my first official paid writing job and my first time being published!! Check out my first article on running your first marathon.
Moving on, here's what I've noticed about being on crutches.
Everyone has an opinion/inquiry about your injury. Yesterday, for example, I was on a home visit in let's say not the nicest area of Denver (remember in my other life I'm a social worker) when some dude working on repairing a roof gets down and approaches me. I am hobbling along on the crutches to my car. He says, "Well, THAT STINKS!" I say, "Uh, yeah." Roofer says, "Yeah, I had foot surgery last year. That's why I'm wearing socks with sandals" (and here I thought it was a fashion statement that roofers are trying to make these days). I say, "I just have a stress fracture." Roofer says, "Well, I just came over to give ya some SYMPATHY!!"
Thanks roofer. I feel better. But it was nice of him, I suppose. Then there are those people who try to scare you about the injury, telling you you'll end up with a club foot or fat and lazy and in front of the TV watching The Hills from here on out (well, no one said that, so maybe those are my internal fears).
It's like when you're pregnant and you get all those people telling you what to expect from labor: "My labor was 59 hours long and I bled like nobody's business and the baby almost didn't make it and my uterus fell out."
I'm on day eleven of no running. I see runners everywhere. Running and smiling and mocking me. Little do they know I'm going to make this extreme comeback. I know I'm going to do this because you all have told me I'm going to do this. And I know you're not lying, right?
And lastly, for a little humor because that is what's keeping me sane:
*And if you, too, want to apply to be an Examiner for your area, be sure to use my name: Beth Risdon.