Headwinds

This Monday is the Boston Marathon, for which I qualified, registered, and had planned to race. Until last Monday. I’ve done something to my knee and running on it doesn’t feel good at all. Admittedly, it’s getting better and feels ok today, but do I risk a month (or years or lifetime?) of recovering if I decide to do the race and create some irreparable damage?

Two weeks ago I had my half Ironman. Felt good after the race, recovered well, and didn’t do any running until Friday, focusing fully on biking and swimming. Oddly, though, I woke up Friday with some weird pain in my knee. Strange I thought, but after a good trainer ride that evening, I had a great run off the bike. The next day, I had a long ride scheduled, so a friend and I headed out on the Suncoast Trail for 51 miles. The course was straight out and straight back basically. We had a moderate tailwind on the way out, but as we turned around, we could see a storm rolling in. The winds picked up and it was a hard ride into a headwind the whole way back! We got 50 miles rain free… and 1 were we got drenched. So much for my brick run outside. I got home and did the run on the treadmill instead and everything was good. Although, I could still notice my knee.

New Fresh Wattie Ink speedo suit!

Sunday came, I got up to do my long run, and realized it was already 10AM, so being that it’s pretty hot in Tampa, I put it off till the afternoon and set out that afternoon for the run instead. Guess what—it’s even freaking hotter at 4:00 than at 10:00. The heat didn’t bug me too much, but I knew the run would be hard from the get go. I was physically tired from the previous 2 days and felt that as I headed out. As I got onto Bayshore, a straight road than runs along the water, I found myself plowing into a headwind in the blazing sun. Every bit of me was just like, “dude, turn around and head back now”, but I was getting my 18 miles damnit. I finally hit the turnaround, but my pace was all over the place for the run. Haha, when my coach saw the pace chart he was just like wtf did you do??

Recovery shake- coconut milk, goat milk, banana, avocado protein powder! Sooo good

I made it back though and felt great about myself—longest run I’ve done since November. But back to my knee—when I woke up on Monday, it wasn’t feeling too hot and pretty swollen. 2 weeks before the Boston Marathon. Wonderful. 30+ miles in 3 days didn’t help probably.

So since Sunday, I haven’t run at all. Just bike, swimming, and water running. I got a new bike trainer which is awesome so it’s making riding a lot more bearable, but this knee needs to heal… and quick! I don’t want to go run Boston and F myself up for the rest of the year… or more. It’s Monday… ask me again on Friday! I’ve been trying to get my rest, icing, nutrition, and supplementation spot on and I’m sure it’s helping. But it’s one of those, “Really? Now?” kind of moments. I just damn sure want to run this!

But the more I’ve talked about with a lot of people—coach, family, friends, I don’t think it’s the best option for me right now. I’d rather be a damn good (and healthy) triathlete than a decent (and possible injured) marathoner. Plus, I can be a good marathoner by being a great triathlete. So who wants to run a marathon with me after triathlon season? I’m thinking about the Richmond marathon in November (where I BQ’d in 2010) and planning to smash my time there!

I hope everyone had a good Easter—mine was spent on my trainer lol, but I did go see the Hunger Games, made some BBQ Turkey in my slow cooker, and had a Cadbury Crème Egg!

So. Good.

Solid enough right? Plus, the day before was the Final game of the NCAA Frozen Four here in Tampa—the championship for men’s college hockey. I was able to snag a lower level ticket which was awesome, for a great deal! The key is just to show up a little after the game starts when the scalpers won’t be able to sell the tickets anyway!
So please, say a prayer for me and hope that these winds change and blow in my direction for being able to run healthy for a long long time.

Boston College vs. Ferris State

  1. What would you do? Would you run the race? Or are you already?
  2. Favorite Easter Candy or tradition?
  3. Chocolate bunnies: ears first or no?
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9 thoughts on “Headwinds

  1. I’m sorry. That knew pain has terrible timing. Can you still get a refund for flight and hotel? If so I would probably pull out but if not I would run it slowly for the experience. Hope the knee starts feeling better fast!

    Reeces Eggs are the best! Never been a huge cadbury fan myself…..crazy I know.

  2. Gah, Chuck-I also think this is the best option for you. I really hope your knee feels better though a d yay for it slowly mending. I loved the quote about being an awesome triathlete versus decent and injured marathoner. I think you should run a full marathon in central NY (where I’ll be next fall!) 😉

  3. Man that’s really tough. It would suck to miss Boston. I live in Richmond, though, so I’ll be at that marathon in November.

  4. congrats on BQing! As much as I would want to do it if I were in your situation, I would probably sit it out rather than risk creating a bigger problem. Safe side! Hope you feel better, race hard again and make it to Boston! Maybe next year, with luck I could make it there as well! Good luck!!!

  5. Bummer :(. I say no to the run!
    Your Easter sounds great. We didn’t do much around here. Mmm favorite Easter candy…if I’m honest probably Reese eggs but I haven’t had in who knows how long.
    Keep resting! Sending healing vibes 🙂

    Katie

  6. Man, I am so sorry to hear that. What a disappointment. Speedy healing to your knee. Those injuries are such a pain. 3. Ears First 2. Jelly Beans, Cadbury Eggs, Peeps, Resses Eggs. Do I have to pick just one? 1. Ehhhhh…..what a call. Since I have had knee surgery and I don’t ever want to sit out multiple seasons or run for 4 years in pain, I would not run. But, if I hadn’t already gone through all of this injury stuff, I would probably go run. (then regret it when I couldn’t race the rest of the season).

  7. I think it is super strong of you to listen to your body and not do this marathon. It sucks, but it would suck a whole lot more if it took your entire season from you!

    I had a cream egg the week after Easter as well 😉 It was so good!

    Hope this week has been a great one for you 🙂

    Scott

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