Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Give Me a Break Already

I'm ready to drop-kick my computer right now creating this post. First the good news- the calf muscle is feeling good and passed the running & softball tests yesterday. Great. Now comes the bad part...As I was backing up the 3rd baseman on a throw, my right foot caught the ground and caused my knee to twist a little (and I thought I heard a pop). That hurt kind of bad but the pain went away after a few minutes and I didn't notice any swelling or soreness. It's the outside of the knee, which I believe is the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Last night when I got home, I put it on ice and it was still not swollen or very sore.

Fast forward to about 4:00 AM this morning and I semi-wake up to change positions ... ouch! That sucker tightened up and swelled up in those few hours from the previous night. It's now relatively painful to bend my leg and definitely painful to try and turn it in or out. (Insert swearing here)

Of course what this all means is no running again. Oh man. This is not what I planned on when I signed up for the Miwok 100k. I'm still planning on running but my goal is turning into pure survival at this point. Where I had once thought of breaking 12 hours, I'll be lucky to finish the damn race. Yes, this is the point where I'm extremely bitter and frustrated. Talk about your fluke injuries. All I can do is hope that it was just a stretch of the ligament and nothing else. You and I both know the routine...let it heal and then resume training. This probably guarantees that I won't be doing the Diablo Marathon now. I'll save everything I have until Miwok.

Still need to be optimistic because in the grand scheme of things it's just a race (I deleted this line 4 times already - go to hell optimism). I really want to just run. Is that so hard? 

Bye for now, happier entries soon.


Jeff March 3, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

Ouch. Makes me glad I quit softball this year.

Jo Lynn March 3, 2009 at 1:57 PM  

Dude! I feel for ya. You aren't supposed to do any sport that *might* interfere with running. I hope it's just a little strain of a tendon or something. Rest up, ice up. Two months until Miwok. You should be fine. You can come to Diablo marathon and cheer me on if you'd like. ;)

209Mike March 3, 2009 at 2:24 PM  

I can't quit softball (too much fun and it's my guy's night). This was more a fluke injury (don't think I could do it again if I tried). Anyway, I'll probably end up volunteering at Diablo.

Donald March 3, 2009 at 3:11 PM  

Yikes. Sorry about the injury. Maybe someone on the Miwok wait list has voodoo dolls of all the entrants. Just a thought.

Rick Gaston March 3, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

Damn, sorry to hear about the injury. Well you know the drill, if it doesn't feel better soon have someone look at it.

Victoria March 3, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

Injuries. They suck a**.

I'm so sorry to hear about all this nonsense-- ice the crap out of them and buy stock in ibuprofen.

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