Walking: Pulling a Curt Schilling

During both the 2004 American League Championship Series (ALCS) and the 2004 World Series, Boston Red Sox pitch Curt Schilling was playing injured. In fact, he had torn his tendon sheath during an earlier play off game against the Anaheim Angels. In both the ALCS game and the World Series game, Schilling pitched great games. All the while, blood leaked from his sutures and led to the now legendary “bloody sock”. There were members of his own team that didn’t get as much TV time as Curt Schilling’s bloody sock.

On Friday night, we had tickets to see Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” at the Aronoff. The evening was a bit chilly so instead of my Lands End slides I had been wearing, I switched to my driving moccasins and knee highs. Big mistake. I ended up with a large blister on my left heel that popped while I was walking around downtown. It didn’t hurt lots, but it was noticeable.

The next morning, I got up early to do my Week 2: Day 3 walk. I put a Bandaid Advanced Healing Blister on my heel, but it really wasn’t big enough though I didn’t realize it until too late. I took off walking and immediately noticed it was a very humid morning. I expected to have some discomfort from my heel so I tried to ignore it. I did okay until I was alternating between “run” and “walk” (for me, that means “walk fast” and “walk slow”). When I walked fast, I could tell that my heel was getting irritated even more. After two run segments, I realized that the only way I could complete this walk was to slow walk the entire distance. I was determined to finish this day’s training since I had cut short Tuesday’s. Luckily, I had loosened the laces on my right shoe and didn’t have the numbness issues that I’d had before. It wasn’t pretty, but I did the whole routine.

It wasn’t until I got home and rested a while that I realized what I had done. Taking off my left shoe was excruciating. And then I saw it. The entire heel of my sock was blood soaked and so was the back part of my shoe. I very gingerly peeled off the sock and saw that I had worn off the skin on my heel in about a two inch diameter circle. I called out to Tom, “Hey, I pulled a Curt Schilling!”

Now, this means that my walking is on hold a bit while my heel heals. But it spurred us to get back to the pool. We got in 50 minutes of water aerobics on Sunday AND Monday. And it felt good. If I feel like I can protect my heel enough, I may try walking later in the week or I may do a slow walk in my Crocs flip flops or my slides. Disneyland is only three weeks away! I have to get going!

— Carla