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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Heroes Become Weak/discretion is the better part of valor/good news/bad news

Good news:
Raised almost $1000 for Relay For Life - thanks much to everyone who donated! ($975, and there are a couple of people who may be sending in donations still)
Bad news:
I didn't make it all 12 hours. I started my first lap at about 6:30pm on Saturday, and DNF'd at about 1:30am on Sunday. I walked the majority of the time (at a fairly decent pace), and about 12 miles in, started getting really bad leg cramps. Kathleen came by at about 10pm, and helped massage out some of the cramps, which helped greatly, and starting at about mile 15 or 16, I started doing alternating laps of running and walking. I started getting a nagging, although not too severe, pain in my right ankle soon after, and decided to drop when I hit 20 miles, so as not to cause permanent injury (since I've dealt with a ruptured tendon before, I wanted to make sure the ankle pain wasn't Achilles' tendon related). Got home by about 2:00am, slept until about 9, went to Radio Maria's for brunch and nursed my sore legs with a bloody mary. Felt like I'd been hit by a truck when I woke up on Sunday, but that seemed to get better pretty quickly, aside from some nasty sinus issues as a result of all of the campfires at Relay For Life.

Items that stand out from Relay For Life:
  • They lit the lumenarias at 9pm, which was immediately followed by a silent lap around the track, with a bagpiper leading the procession. I wasn't looking too closely at the lumnenarias, since I didn't know anyone who had bought any. Unbeknownst to me, Kathleen had bought two

  • One one side of the track, lumenarias were arranged on the bleachers to spell out CURE, and on the other side, they were laid out to spell out HOPE, with each word using probably 50-100 lumenarias. All of the lumenarias spelling out hope were bought by someone in honor of his wife.
  • Seeing a woman holding who I assume was her son (he was probably 5-6 years old) sitting by one of the lumenarias for probably a good 45 minutes to an hour. They'd turned the lumenaria around so it was facing away from the track, so they could sit on the grass just outside of the track. From their expressions, I assume they'd bought the lumenaria in memory of their spouse/parent. My legs were hurting pretty bad at that point, but seeing that reminded me of why I was doing Relay For Life.
  • When in need of electrolytes (I think the leg cramps may have been primarily an electrolyte issue), Salt and Vinegar Pringles are one of the best things ever.

Bad news:
My legs felt pretty good on Monday, so I did a quick (~45 minute) Spinervals indoor bike workout, then did the usual Tuesday Night Fun Run with Second Wind. It was a really nice day out, so I ran from my office to the park, then did the fun run. I've been experiencing some pain in my right calf for the past week or so - nothing too bad, just felt like the muscle was a little knotted up, and massage has been helping. It got noticeably worse over the course of the run, and the last mile of the run was spent alternating between walking and running in about 100ft blocks. I went to Convenient Care immediately after the run, and have pulled my soleus muscle. Have to lay off running for the next 8-10 days, and am on Norflex and lots of anti-inflammatories.
Good news:
I can still bike (as long as I don't push it too much), and it's only about a Grade 1/maybe low Grade 2 muscle pull.


Full Metal Lunchbox said...

If I haven't said so enough lately, I want you know how much I tremendously admire you.

That being said, I hope you will try to take it easy this weekend.  If need be I'll work on your calf muscles when Kathleen's fingers get tired.

7:08 AM  
Shea said...

Thanks Josh - that means a lot to me.

6:27 AM  

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