Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Beach Cures All

I am not going to lie. I was in a dark place on Monday. I went for a ~100 meter run and could go no further without pain. Bummer. Not even the majesty of the USS Midway could snap me out of my post run blues. Side note: does 100 yards even count as a run? Sorry Usain Bolt, I’m thinking no. Any distance that I can run and still hold my breath the entire time doesn’t count.

So, for those of you that failed US History liked I did, the USS Midway is in San Diego (and so am I)! Arguably my favorite place in the world. It has the perfect mix of beach, bikinis, relaxed California living, night life, bikinis, and cross the border Tijuana kidnappings to make me very happy. Last night I went for a quick walk on mission beach, in my work clothes, to clear my head - letting the sand squish between my toes. Lovely. It was like I was in an episode of Friends. You know, the one where Joey does something dumb and that annoying girl with the guitar sings about her cat…or something. All was right with the world.



As crazy as it sounds, the walk on the beach was all that I needed to get me in the right frame of mind. I’ve never DNS (Did Not Start) a race before but I suppose that there is a first time for everything. First thing this morning I told my best friend, whom I had planned to run with 10 months ago, that I would likely not be able to do it. Right now I put myself at about a 20% chance of running. I would need to feel something special to pound away for 4 hours (that is what she said) and risk getting seriously hurt. As much as I am a tight ass and hate to waste the $100, I would hate to USE the $100 only to set myself up for $2500 worth of surgery. So, it is really like I just SAVED $2400, right? Helloooo carbon fiber bike.

So, now what? Well, I have been calling around trying to get into a sport medicine doctor. Unfortunately, the one recommendation that I received is booked through 10/19. Honestly, if I am still hurt by then I’d sure better be under the knife. Other than that, I’m going to do a bunch of things that I should have been paying more attention to all along. I am going to work on core work, polish up the guns, possibly some intense stretching, and I am finally going to look into strengthening my leg muscles so I don’t require knee straps. Oh, and I’m still going to try my 100 meter runs every 4 days or so. I’ll probably even hold my breath. What NOW Usain Bolt??

11 comments:

Nat said...

Oh man that sucks Adam. Well you can like you said, focus on other stuff and then once you're all better, focus on your next race. The Twin Cities Marathon will always be here. Oh and I like the carbon fiber bike idea....

Ulyana said...

Oh no, is yoga creeping into your mind??????

I love your attitude. I didn't realize you'd be in SD so soon, but I guess since you are resting, then I'm not late with the routes to run, right? :)

I looooove walking on the beach, and I think that ocean water is healing. It's probably all my imagination, but several times my walks along the shore in that wonderfully cold water made my injuries go away. It's magical.

Nick said...

Who am I going to get to carry me the last 4 miles???

The Sean said...

Have you gone to Seaworld? How about early evening runs in Balboa Park... I here you can meet some 'noce' guys out there... creepy.

Anyway, that is a bummer. Make the best of it... and think about the reasons why this situation is before you, what will you do differently?

Bob Hazen said...

I'm suprised you're still off the path..... Hopefully it's not too serious. Have you broken down and started icing it daily?

Let me know when you're in town (healthly) again and maybe we can get in a short run sometime. (If you can handle a 10 min pace - yeah right.)

BTW - don't worry about the 'crazies' on Mission Bay they're harmless.

aron said...

ugg this just sucks :( hang in there... there are always other races!! you are being smart about it. take care of yourself!

Pat said...

My favorite part of Arizona are the san diego beaches.

I wish I had a referral for you, but I didn't go see anyone when my ankle was hurt.

Since you can't run and you saved the $2400, you should stay in Minnesota one more night and go to the Vikings game.

RunnuRMark said...

It's definitely better to be smart about it...good call. And I agree 100%, it's like saving $2400 bucks...start shopping!

OhMyLaughter said...

Ohhh no :(

Funny--the worst knee injury I've had in my life was caused by a 3 mile run. My knee was a little sore before I started...and it hurt to walk (especially down steps) after the run. I just had a physical therapist at my church look at it because I was a poor college student and not training for anything at the time of the injury.

Dramatic little me thought things like "I'll never run again." Yes you will. And ice is your best friend right now.

Not sure what I actually did to my knee. Either a partially torn meniscus or swollen IT band. RICE healed it. And time. I went on to train for and run a half marathon following that injury. I'm doing a 10 miler next week. You'll be back.

sRod said...

Dude, all my good vibes are heading your way. Feel better!

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