Chasing Jayce: My Running Whoops and Woes

In line with my aim to live a healthy (though hopefully short) life, I went jogging with my colleagues at the The Fort the previous night.  I have to say that I am mighty proud of myself for being able to plow on for 55 minutes straight.  Although not all the time was spent on actual running, a great part of it still was and that was my longest run ever.  I would say that I must have covered more or less 6 km with that time.  I must have really been in good condition – and in a very good mood – to be able to do that.  Well, I had sufficient sleep the night before and I really did eat a lot during the day so my energy had been at its most cooperative.

Another factor for my long run was that I listened to my Shuffle the whole time so I, more or less, blocked out the sound of my snapping ankles.  It really does wonders to my high self-consciousness.  It just so happens that I have this very abnormal ankles – and knees, too.  Whenever I run, they would produce these popping sounds.  I researched that the sounds were from the joint’s nitrogen bubbles that burst when it is flexed.  However, my ankles pop with my every step!  So whenever I run, there is this snapping sound that surrounds me.  Moche and my other friends have already accepted this but on the I Run for Integrity marathon, I noticed that some of those who were running around me tended to glance over.  I bet they were wondering where that mysterious noise was coming from.  But smart me, I made sure that my Shuffle is turned way up so I won’t get cowed by my own ankles.

And yes, I did see a doctor about this.  However, the orthopedist who I consulted just brushed off the idea.  He said that perhaps(!!!) I just have an abnormal amount of nitrogen bubbles on my knees and ankles.  And if I have been living with this (apparently non-)condition since childhood, then there is nothing to worry about.  And that left me worlds embarrassed and not wanting to get any second opinion.  I mean, how could you argue with that logic?  Indeed, aside from perpetually popping ankles and knees, I do not necessarily feel like there’s anything else freakishly wrong with me – aside from my disproportionately humongous and undesirably short legs.

Well, anyway, aside from the extra loud mp3 playing, I have been looking for other ways to mask this highly unusual individuality.  I have been considering buying a new running shoes for some time now but due to some financial and innate personality hindrances, I still haven’t gotten around to doing it.  Part of that is also my other failed attempt to diagnose the pronation of my feet.  After hearing about our runningmate’s successful running shoe shopping, I was inspired to take that pronation test to determine if my feet need specific shoes.  Blame it either on the guy’s laziness/impatience or to my own feet’s stupidity, I tested “regular”.  So there was “no need” to change my Adidas running shoes.

So that’s that.  I love running, I truly do.  But with these freak joints, I could not fully enjoy the experience.  However, I am still elated at the knowledge that I am continuously outdoing myself, based on the other night’s run performance and my increasingly shorter times.

Century Tuna Superbods Run 2010 Female 5k:  00:47:20

National Geographic Earth Day Run 2010 5k:  00:42:24

I Run For Integrity Run 2011 5k:  00:39:01

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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