Thursday, August 09, 2007

2.84 in 30:16

Please feel free to use your favorite long string of expletives, colorful ones, vulgar ones, forceful ones and then attribute them all to me and my current state of mind. Seriously, it's a free ticket to be wildly profane and pass it off as empathy when those around you look shocked and dismayed.

So, you ask, "What's up with the vulgarity voucher? Why do we get the pass on your behalf?" Well friends, I say with bitter sarcasm, I re-injured the left calf muscle that I pulled just about a month ago…it's true. I did not go on a 20 mile run up and down the side of a cliff. I did not try to run hill repeats at a 6 minute pace. I didn't even kick my neighbor's dog…no, I ran 1200 meters at my 10 K pace on a track in my racing flats.

Apparently despite the fact that I haven't heard a peep from my calf in a week I am not yet ready to return to running in racing flats even for the shortest of distances and for discovering that fact I was handsomely rewarded with a 2.84 mile run this morning that took me 30 minutes and 16 seconds to complete before hanging my head, turning around and trudging back to my car at a 20 minute 16 second per mile pace…FYI, that's slower than my "out of my mind delirious shuffle", which I perfected at IMAZ this year. Oh, and yes, the 20:16…uncomfortable.

So…16 days and 13 hours to Ironman. It took me about 20 days before I could run comfortably for long distances when I last pulled it on July 14th though this one doesn't feel quite as bad. Will I make it? I mean will I be able to run at IMKY or will I be looking at a nearly 9 hour walking marathon? I am fortunate in that I should still finish under 17 hours even with a 9 hour marathon assuming everything holds up but I was really hoping for something more in the 13+ hour range.

Oh well, I suppose there's nothing left but to fix my eyes on the finish line and forge ahead. It's what I do, it's who I am…Mr. Grin and Bear it.


  1. mo@#$% fu@#%$ @#$&#( @#&$
    Man I feel like I just lost a relative or something. Whatever you can do (massage therapy, hot tubs, cold tubs, icy hot, icy cold, advil, tylenol, ibuprofen, any healing balms) I hope one of them works. Maybe a pair of shoes with more cushioning...
    I am sorry to hear this happened. I hope all the good thoughts the rest of us send to you help.

  2. !@#$%^&*()_)_)(*&^%$#@@!

    Take care, heal quickly!!!

    what bigmike said - also, get thee to a physio quicksticks!

  4. Okay that bites asssss. I know how you feel thou, I have an injury to the back of my leg/calf as well. I could not run for 2 weeks and still is bugging me.

    What can you do, FORGE on, there is no other option...That is all we have sometimes..

    Hope it gets better soon.

  5. Man, what a downer. Hope you can stay off it till the race. Your not going to lose any fitness by doing so between now and then.

    Heal brutha.

  6. Sending good vibes your way....... hope it helps!

  7. Heal up fast! You will make it!

  8. I see what you meant by your comment on my blog now! :(

    @#$&%&#@@$* calf !!!!!

    I feel for you ... at least my A race is 20 odd weeks away.

    Good luck!


  9. Good grief. I can't even stay awake for 17 hours straight, let alone move for that long.
    Hope you heal quickly.

  10. I have a feeling that you will heal and be just fine in 15 days.

    Actually, I truly believe this.

  11. Golly Neds! Why the Freaking Heck did that have to happen?!?! That BITES!!!

    (Sorry, that's the best I can do with expletives...LOL)

    Best wishes for rapid healing between now and Louisville - you've got a date with Iron when you get there!

  12. Awful! Best wishes for healing. Don't do ANY running in the meantime, save it all for race day, there is no fitness gain that will make up for compounding the injury! (Do a pool run or two if you can't stand it...)

  13. I agree with Jenny D. Your training is DONE in the running dept.-you will not lose fitness. Save it for race day. Heal quickly! (ICE, stretch, and let Misty massage it!)

  14. well bleepity bleep bleep bleep.

    It seems everyone is haveing a shitty week. Hope you heal quick

  15. Crap. Time to turn that mental fortitude to the task of healing. The others are are already fit. Time to treat the healing (ice/rest/massage/etc) like it is the fourth event in your IM.

    You CAN do this still.

  16. More healing wishes to you. Take care.

  17. Your tapering now. I'm pretty sure you'll heal quicker now that there's not the physical demands you usually put onto your body.

  18. Hang in there!

    Stay tuned...