Nationals Is This Weekend, And I'm Stressing Out!

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06.30.11

I’ve been working on my new dances for six months now, getting as ready as possible for my first time going to Nationals. Now it’s finally here! I compete this weekend and even though I should feel ready, I’m stressing out completely! I have my dances down and did them well enough at a Feis last Saturday, but my new problem is that I’ve been working so hard that my left foot has something wrong with it. Every time I dance, especially in soft shoes there’s pain in the top of my foot. I went to the doctor about it and there wasn’t any pain when I was there, so she told me to just try and lower my activity level for a few weeks.

Um… excuse me? Not happening! After this weekend, I can stay off it all I need to, but there is no way I’ll be missing Nationals because of something like this. So it’s really stressful right now when I practice. I’ve learned the hardest thing in the world to do is NOT push yourself when you want to. I have to go easy on it as much as possible so my foot is at full strength this weekend, which is difficult! I went home after practice yesterday feeling like I’m not preparing myself for the competition properly. So it’s been on my mind since then. I’m constantly debating, should I push or hold back? I just hate that kind of stress. If I knew pushing was best, then that’s what I’d be doing, but I refuse to cause permanent damage.

Either way, I’m going to do my best to get ready this week and no matter how well I do at Nationals I know it’s going to be a really fun experience. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while so I won’t let this foot pain ruin it for me. After all, it’s just another competition, even if it is bigger than any other I’ve ever been to. Wish me luck!

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to protect my foot from getting an injury this week?

Article written by Shelly Allen
Photo by Shelly Allen Photography

TAGS: 2011, ankle, competition, damage, dance, doctor, foot, injury, Irish, July, NANs, nationals, pain, practice, prepare, stress, top, US

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