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??