My marathon training was put to a halt when I tripped and sprained my ankle. I went to the doctor to see if it was broken, but he said that it wasn’t and it would be fine after some time of rest. He told me that I could take a Soma pill to ease any pain that I was having, and it did, except the pain of not being able to train for the marathon. The marathon was a month way, and it involved running a long distance in the hot sun. I had never run that much before, and I was trying to build myself up so that I would outlast all of the other competitors.

I know it’s hard to beat some of the runners who have been running for a much longer time than me and have gone for farther distances, but I wanted to try anyway. …