Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I Thought I'd Elaborate on "Shit."

I had a doctor's appointment this morning, so I thought I'd get a run in after that. I headed to the Field House despite the soreness in my shoulder from the Tetanus shot I'd received. Yup, I'm that tough.

I arrived at the field house parking lot to run the out-and-back in the Commons. I ran this route approximately 4,593 times in college. The route is still pretty much the same, but it's certainly been disrupted by some housing developments. D informed me of a little twist she puts on the route, so I opted to add that in. Anywho, I changed in the car and stretched in the parking lot. I didn't spend too much time stretching as I needed to get back home and get back to work, but I certainly didn't skip the stretching.

I felt great. Odd. I took yesterday off after Sunday's race
, but I still expected to be a little creaky. But, no creakiness to be found, and I cruised right along. I wasn't running fast, but I certainly wasn't plodding either. I was feeling really good. I was thinking a lot about Mt. Washington and thinking that I'm pretty much ready for Saturday to come. I'm ready to go.

Then it happened.

With about 1/3 of a mile to go, I felt some tightness in my left calf. Uh oh. It wasn't the same shot of pain I felt in March, but it didn't feel good. I finished the run and tried to stretch it out at the car. I was hoping it was just a cramp since it was certainly humid out. But, I think that was just wishful thinking.

I got home iced it. I've been elevating and switching from heat to ice. Oh, and moping. Lots of moping. I called Shannon—my massage miracle worker. She's going to take a look tomorrow. I'm going to keep moping.

So, what happened? It's not the same leg as earlier this year. Which I think is good. It wasn't as severe as earlier this year. Which I also think is good. It's in a different spot than before. Maybe that's good? I don't know. I know that I didn't stretch as much as I should have following Sunday's race. I stretched, but not much. I didn't do any real stretching yesterday, and obviously I didn't put in a good session before my run today. But, my calf didn't feel tight. It didn't feel any different than usual. And for 35:00 today, it felt fine. So, I have no idea.

I also have no idea if I'm going to be able to run on Saturday. And that flat out sucks.


Jamie said...

Crap man, that sucks. Hope it heals up by Saturday. Good call with the massage.

bbirney said...


Sorry, Ryan. Bad piece of luck.