December 14, 2008

Just Call Me John

The 20 on Saturday nearly did me in. I'd love to be able to write that it was a piece of cake and that I'm ready for Orlando.

I can't.

I did pretty well, being able to ignore most until about mile 17 when I felt a twinge on the outer part of my left knee. I ignored it because... afterall... I had just completed 17 miles.

It was mile 18.5 that my body said, "DONE!" by giving me a sharp, ice pick like pain in my left hip. It was breath stopping, immobilizing, pain.

I think more so because it scared the ever living crap out of me.

I feel certain I know what caused it because I spent the last 1.5 miles slowing it WAAAAY down to finish and with the intermittent pain, I analyzed it as I do everything to figure out the root cause.

I see my doctor on Tuesday, with my trying to get in tomorrow. I need him to fix me. NOW.

Meanwhile, I have this fear that I'm going to forget from where the pain actually started, and how it radiated, so last night I took a black marker and drew a circle on the point on my ankle/arch/foot that started this whole mess.

I thought about drawing other circles where all the other painful spots started, knee, hip, various parts of my calf, with arrows joining them so he could see the pain route as I perceived it, but the fear of my leg looking like a John Madden football analysis was a bit more than even my crazy mind could handle.

So one circle sufficed.

Three weeks, folks. January 11. I'm almost there... so... CLOSE.

Posted by Boudicca at December 14, 2008 11:45 PM | TrackBack

I think your black magic markered-up leg would go splendidly with the black toenail. Why not do full body art?

Posted by: Erica at December 15, 2008 02:27 AM

Oh Erica... that is perfect!!! LOL

Posted by: vw bug at December 15, 2008 05:58 AM

Oh y'all laugh and know not of what you speak! I AM painting my body for race day!

On my arms I am having her name painted. I wear what they call a singlet for the run, its a purple TNT tank type tshirt that identifies me as a TNT runner and on my arms I will paint "For Joan".

If I'm still taped, I'm asking for black so I can paint, "TNT: For Joan" all over my purple.

I should be quite painted up for the race day. Plus I'm getting a temporary Tatt for my face...

Posted by: Bou at December 15, 2008 07:08 AM

and then, you'll have "For Joan" tan lines for weeks to come after that!

I'm really sorry about your pain.

Shortly after my 20 began, my right ankle started to hurt. Curiously, I had no other pains to focus on, as my doctor told me to pick one pain to focus on or they'd drive me to quitting. My ankle was not a pain I wanted to focus on, as it was a new pain, and, well, painful. It wasn't until closer to 13 that I finally had another pain to focus on.

I had hip pain, too. Where my right leg joins my hip. But, look at the miles. And it sounds like my pain was nothing compared to yours.

Three weeks?! Holy crap!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at December 15, 2008 07:39 AM

Writersblock- What we're working on now, is for me to be able to identify pain that is damaging vs. normal pain from doing endurance training. I'm able to ignore most all of it, as I do get a lot through the feet, but the hip thing was one of those 'not to be ignored' pains.

I strongly suspect, if I get in there today, he'll tell me some of the other pain I had fell in that category as well, I just chose to rationalize, 'Hey, I'm going to do 20 miles... this is going to suck."

Yup. Three weeks! He needs to get me healed.

Oh and yeah, my coach already said, "Are you ready for permanant For Joan tan lines?" I was going to use a Sharpie, but she said it could be MONTHS before I get it all off and I think I have some sleeveless formal events to attend in the Spring. Wouldn't that be classy?

Posted by: Bou at December 15, 2008 08:08 AM

I hope you heal up very quickly - no more injuries!!

Posted by: Richmond at December 15, 2008 01:40 PM

Bou - You could have a touch of sciatica. I had that when I was a runner and what was the solution? Shoes. As if you haven't tried enough shoes. Please get better and please take care of yourself. We're all rooting for you.

Posted by: Denny at December 16, 2008 02:57 PM

Bou - be careful of the hip pain, don't ignore it or push thru it. I'm suffering constantly now for hip pain I ignored 4 years ago. I'm likely facing surgery in the coming weeks. Please - be careful.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at December 16, 2008 08:18 PM