It Is Not Over – Until The Skinny Lady Runs…
Am I enjoying the ride right now? NOPE! Not one bit.
You guys know me. I try very hard to be positive and optimistic and all that crap. You endured my shit for 10 weeks while I ranted on and on about my broken TOE! You listened and supported me. Made me giggle and happy. You saw my ugly TOE and xrays and heard it all. My couch potato adventures were the bane of my existence for 10 weeks. 10 weeks folks.
So imagine my pleasure when I was finally given the go-ahead to run. It is all I wanted to hear and do for 10 weeks. I was ecstatic for a while. Registered for races and met some cool running peeps. I ran too. Some great runs, some sucky runs. But, I was running. I was in the zone. So what, I was running 10 minute miles. Who cares really? Well, I do but I digress.
With the blink of an eye and the snap of your fingers it can all be taken away from you. Oh snap YO! That is what I said and here is what it means:
1. what you say when something happens that you didn’t expect to happen and you are shocked beyond belief and comparison and you have to say something so other people know how shocked you are
Now I am all for rest days and shit but this has to stop. I ran 3 times in Prospect Park AKA HILL RUNS. This is the only thing I’ve done differently since I’ve been back at it. 3 runs.
The pain started really innocently. Just a bit of pain in my right shin. I thought OK no biggie. Just a fluke. Not to worry. It’s all good. So, I did what any “runner” would do. I kept on running. ON IT! On the shin that had some pain.
I had a Prospect Park 2 loop hilly run coming up. I really wanted this run under my jello tummy. Ooops I mean belt. Well its not like I wear a belt but the proverbial belt ya know? I met up with Samantha and we entered the park. It was 6pm, not my usual running time. But thats not the point either. I did stretch before the run. A little. Ok a second.
We got going. We said to each other we wouldn’t stop until the 2 loops (6.6 miles) were done. I remember saying it and thinking it and even knowing it.
I felt the pain immediately but after 20 minutes of running the pain subsided as pain often does. I guess its the proverbial endorphins kicking in huh? We got loop #1 done. 35.58. I stopped and could not run another step. Mentally I was spent. I urged Samantha on and yelled to get it done. I walked and a sad sight I must have been. Sweaty, sad, lost, scared, confused. Also I wanted icecream. My walking turned into slow running for about 20 minutes and the hill I saw looming grounded me to a halt once again. By now, it was almost getting dark and I was in an unfamiliar park by myself. I knew I had to get back to Samantha. So, once again I ran. I passed one woman. WOO!! Then she passed me. WOO BACK!
Ok, I see I am dragging this out. I got loop #2 done with 20 min and then 10.02 min. 30.02 but i stopped Seth when I was walking. Yeah so I cheated. BUT, SETH was not cooperating with me. The GPS was turned off. I had forgot. The mileage was not recorded. It is really almost as if the run never happened.
It did. Samantha rocked it out too. GOOD FOR HER!! Not only is she funny, but that chick can run!!
Right now, I am having to have an MRI! Here is what I was told what it could be:
I also feel this crepitus which is very freaky and annoying and scary. It is so insane what happens to your body under stress ya know? INSANE I TELL YOU!!
I feel frustrated and unhappy but I need to put this out there. Here is what I wrote on my most recent facebook status:
I may have anterior tibial tendonitis which is a fancy term for shin splits. I also have crepitus which is so annoying. Picture your shin grating and crackling every time you move it. NOT FUN! But hear this now – I AM RUNNING BROOKLYN HALF MARATHON WITH TED!! TED? NO GUILT!! NO QUITTING!! RUN ON!!
It doesn’t get any purer than that does it? I know exactly what I am dreaming in that photo? Can you guess??
A dear friend told this to me today:
1. When its over its over
2. When it begins is always the right time
3. Whatever i did today is exactly what needed to be done
4. Who ever shows up are exactly the right people.
Please give me a WOO or TWO!!!!
I also really want to congratulate Christie on a fabulous first race 10 miler. She rocked that sucker. I am very proud of you Christie. And I am glad you listened to me and took before and after photos. Go read her report and give her some props. RUN ON RUNNING SISTA!!!