Cure my Wound
The legs are currently recovering from Sunday’s effort. Monday was a 7 mile run appropriately renamed “Wide Swing” by Christy Mae. I had been calling it Lake Boon with Parmenter Rd. addition but that doesn’t have the same cachet as “Wide Swing.” So, Wide Swing it is. My shin was a little sore. At lunch I did an easy 64 minute Potter Rd run and my shin was a little worse. Yesterday morning I decided to run into work and it was the worst decision I have made in a long time. The road was coated with a thin layer of black ice which was very difficult to run on. As I went further down white pond road, it got worse. I never actually hit the ground but I came very close three times and had a lot of minor slips. One of the close calls I wrenched my left shin catching myself as my right leg lost all traction. The last 4 miles of the run were rather painful.
So began Operation: Cure my wound. In the fitness center at work I stretched and massaged my lower legs for a ½ hour. Went straight to the cafe and got a big cup of ice which I used for 20 minutes on my shin and calf and took 400 mg of ibuprofen. 2 hours later, repeat ice. 2 hours later, stretch, repeat ice, ibuprofen. 2 hours later, ice. 1 hour later run home. The run home was 20 times better than the run in. 4 minutes faster and virtually pain free. When I got home, I filled the bathtub with cold water and dumped all the ice from the ice maker in there. I submerged to my torso and sat in there for 12 minutes. I wanted to stay in for 15 but damn those things cold and I may want children some day. The pain was worth it because my legs feel much better today. I am going to do a 5 mile run at 11:00 to evaluate the healing process and decide if tonight’s track workout is a go. I believe it will be because I feel fine when I am running at pace because everything is loose.
Back to work.
That’s all I got.