Anton Krupicka published a blog post regarding his recent injuries and old training habits a couple days ago.. check it out here.
"It has always been (at least for me) really difficult to differentiate between feeling reluctant to run because I’m overworked and tired (and thereby flirting with injury) and feeling reluctant because maybe I’m just being lazy or perhaps not tough enough."
"Did I really fuck myself with all those years of pointless miles? Is that why my Achilles hurts? (The prominent Haglund’s Deformity that I’ve had on that heel for literally as long as I can remember might suggest yes.) I still have so much shit I really want to do. Maybe I don’t deserve another chance, but, man, I’d really appreciate one."
It is sad to see Anton struggling so much with injuries. I can always detect a sense of pain or anger in all of his even seemingly positive posts on instagram. While it is saddening, it is nice to see him releasing some of that energy and calling it what it is in this blog post.
Anton is who got me into running, and I wanted to be just like him from the shoes he wore, to the mileage he put down. I owe him so much as running has shaped my life inexplicably. It is hard to see a hero like that struggle to do the activity that they are inspired by. Its almost like seeing a hero fall. But I admire his honesty, motivation, and overarching outlook on a life spent in the mountains (versus fast times).
While his injuries are surely unfortunate, I think they radiate a positive impact in the community. A lot of people trained like him and in my short time watching the ultra community you see great after great falling, failing, and ultimately giving up on running. I think Anton's public struggle is scaring prospective runners into training smart, getting strong, and running with longevity and sustainability in mind versus the old ultra model.
While I was not running a fraction of the miles Anton was, I too was training irresponsibly.. trying to pull off races with no training and little nutrients because those accomplishments were the only sense of value I felt. Thanks to Anton's woes in part I have become much more focused on securing a lifestyle sustainable for years to come and being motivated by becoming stronger, eating more, and ultimately including myself and my awareness of my body more into my adventures.
I wish Anton the best in recovery, but I do thank him and his story into helping me become the runner I am.. first by inspiring me to do start running at all, and second for scaring me straight so to say into training, eating, and living with the long picture in my mind.