Have Dental Floss, Will Travel

Mapping the world, one waxy strand at a time…

All’s Well That Ends Well

I’m crying uncle on the marathon.  I hurt myself more seriously than I wanted to admit last summer in Scotland, limped through the last few races of the season, and took off just enough time to let the acute injuries abate but not enough to let the residual issues – namely the achilles tendonitis in my right ankle – really heal.

So when I started ramping up again for a spring marathon, my achilles quickly flared up, and for the past month I’ve been alternating between short stints of rest and marginally longer reprieves of mid-distance semi-painful runs.

Basically, I’ve been stubborn.

And I’m also not doing myself any favors.

Today, 2.5 miles into a 10-mile run, when my ankle was creaking (like, legitimately creaking) with every stride, I decided it was time to stop.

I’m really bad at letting things go – a blessing and a curse – but if there’s any chance of being able to adventure race this summer (and perhaps more importantly, in the interest of not wanting to be in a boot for several months), I’m crossing a spring marathon off my list and looking up rehab programs and strengthening exercises and indoor trainer workouts.

I’m pretty frustrated by the whole thing.

And as I pull the plug on the marathon, I’m also pulling the plug on this blog.

I started Have Dental Floss, Will Travel almost five years ago, when I was just beginning my doctoral dissertation and looking for a way to keep writing creatively as I ventured into the world of serious academic research.

I’ve had the opportunity to connect with some incredible people (please, stay in touch!!) and to chronicle some pretty amazing adventures here, but at this point, that dissertation is on its way to becoming a book, and I’m writing creatively as part of my work, and when we have those amazing adventures, recounting them has come to feel less like an outlet and more an obligation.

I’ve been thinking about shutting it down for awhile (as evidenced by more than six months of half-hearted restarts!), and this feels like the right time to do it.

We’ll still be posting race reports on the GOALS team blog, and maybe someday I’ll come back with something new to blog about.

But for now, thanks for following along.  Here’s to lots of new adventures!

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9 responses to “All’s Well That Ends Well

  1. Kate February 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Glad we’re connected otherwise. I wouldn’t want to lose you!

    Bummer about the marathon, but it sounds like you’re being smart when it’s sooo hard for us pigheaded (I mean, committed) people to be smart sometimes.

    See you on the Internet…and in Indiana! 🙂

  2. Emily February 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    aw, i’ll miss your posts abby! but best wishes for a speedy recovery! and there’s no harm in shifting focus to other things, just do what makes you happy!!

  3. Kari @ Running Ricig February 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Definitely keep in touch!!!! Such a bummer about the spring marathon, but maybe when you’re healed, I’ll be closer to wanting to run at your break-neck pace with you!

  4. Kristy (@RunTheLongRoad) February 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    well, it’s a good thing i have your email and phone number 🙂

    i’m so sorry about the achilles. it takes more courage to take time off and know when to say when. i hope i get my running buddy back soon!

  5. Johann February 13, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Good call on the marathon! We are not 30 anymore and recovery takes so much longer. I’ll miss your blog but hope we can stay in touch. I’m also working on book… Go well!

  6. Julie@ACaseoftheRuns (@nobel4lit) February 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I’m going to miss your blog! You were one of the best storytellers in the running blog world. Sorry about your injury; hope it heals swiftly! Do keep in touch!

  7. Anne February 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Good luck with everything Abby! I hope you heal quickly! It was great getting to know you and reading about your wild adventures.

  8. Natalie February 15, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Just came to check in – had you signed up for the marathon?
    Sounds like a good plan so you can adventure race – to cut out the marathon!
    Sorry to hear you will stop blogging, it is good to check in on what’s going on every now and then! 🙂 I completely understand!

  9. Mallory February 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Good luck, Abby. I’ll miss your posts but wish you well! Hope your leg feels better soon.

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