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By Taryn Townsend

My Runner’s World magazine for May is still in its packaging next to my bed.  I’m too disappointed and heartbroken to open it up and pretend to enjoy the “89 greatest Comrades tips.”

After much deliberation and discussion (with myself), heartache and anguish, I have made the decision that I will not participate in the Comrades this year.  As I’m sure you will recall from most of the blogs that I have posted, there has been a mention of injury and physio’s and needless to say, I have not been able to complete the necessary training and mileage to ensure an exciting and fulfilling race on the 29th of May.  It is so difficult though to explain these feelings to “non-runners.”

“So you’re not going to torture yourself by RUNNING 89km, so what?”  This is the kind of response most people would give and I can’t bring myself to explain the passion without fighting back an urge to forget that I haven’t done enough training and line up on the day and more than likely, risk seriously injuring myself.

While I am bitterly disappointed, I am so pleased with what I have found in the meantime to get me back on track to ensure that I could possibly do one of my best times next year and the year thereafter and… the year after that and so on.  I had been seeing a physio in December who suggested that I see a biokineticist early in the new year to assist with my problems.  As I did not know of any bio’s in the area or of anyone that came recommended, I was hesitant to visit some arbitrary bio I found in the Yellow Pages.

After visiting my cousin, who also runs and is my massage therapist, she told me about a technique called Lyno therapy and suggested I do some research and visit a therapist she suggested.  The minute I got home, I found the website and read everything available.  I called the number she gave me but there was a 3 week waiting list and I was not prepared to wait, I wanted to be fixed… immediately.  I called the other number provided on the website and have been to 5 sessions with my Lyno therapist Mari Naude.  Wow, what a difference!

After browsing through a previous Runner’s World, I came across the “Warm-Ups” column with Benita de Witt, the founder of Lyno Therapy.  I must admit, I was quite surprised as I had read the column before, but I never realised that it was right there in front of me all along.

Let me tell you though, this is by no means an “easy fix.” There have been many times that I have left Mari with wobbly legs and waking up in the morning feeling like I had just done Comrades.  But, a few weeks down the line, I feel fantastic, stronger and content with the fact that even though I won’t be able to line up on the 29th of May, I am going to be running even stronger very soon.

I would highly recommend this to any athlete that is battling with any problems relating to running or any sports injury!

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2 Responses to Heartbreak!

  1. murray May 11, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    sorry to hear that, i can imagine it being a massive blow.

  2. Taryn May 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi Murray

    Thanks… yes, it is. I’m terribly disappointed. BUT, as I’ve said, I think that this lynotherapy has helped me a great deal and I really am feeling better and looking forward to a GREAT Comrades next year. Just looking for a goal for some time soon to keep my focus elsewhere! If you are participating, good luck!! Enjoy it!

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