FF: Back in February you announced on Instagram that you had a stress reaction in your foot and wound up scratching from the Texas Qualifiers. What told you it was time for a break?
APL: I found myself in a bad situation with my foot that had been hurting me since around Thanksgiving. I had just ignored it for so long to a point where I didn’t realize that it was bothering me as much as it did.
We were in Phoenix for training camp and I was getting so excited to do the pre-race preparation workouts, which is the fun stuff, and I found myself often distracted by how my foot felt. We finally got an MRI and found that I had a stress reaction. It was clear that I needed to zoom out and take the whole year into consideration.
As an athlete, I love having a plan, but I quickly realized that my plan is going to look really ugly if I don’t stop now. It was clear to me that I needed to pump the brakes a little bit and pull back and get my foot right so that I am thriving at the end of July and into August.
It was really hard for me to zoom out in that moment because I was so fit, everything else was feeling so great and all the people around me were getting ready to race. I wanted to do that, too. But it wasn’t going to be smart in the long-term. Once we decided to pull the plug on racing I felt like I could almost relax a little bit.