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While I’m waiting for the injury nonsense to subside, I can at least cement my status as sweatiest person at the gym.


Meet my temporary best friends:

That’d be The Stick, ibuprofen, frozen peas for icing, Tiger Balm, and castor oil for a heat pack, which isn’t in the above picture because it’s currently wrapped around my leg with an Ace bandage (photo-documented below).

If you count yourself among the legions of vapid biddies who are scared of gross things like awful photographs featuring piss-poor lighting, bumpy legs and busted non-pedicured feet, you might want to skip this one.

At this moment I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the monster vein in my right foot. It has always been this way. It is visible even through my socks because it is epicballsauce and I know that you are now bloated with envy over my huge foot vein.

Moving on.

The doctor has confirmed that my calf injury is a tear. Based on the way I injured it and the resultant bruising, I probably could have concluded this on my own, but sometimes you need somebody else to call you out on it before you’ll accept an injury for what it is and give it the respect it deserves.

He recommended another month off, and I immediately liquefied into an incoherent, red-faced trainwreck.

To be honest, there have been a fair number of frustrated tears over this silly calf thing. For right now, though, I’m in a good place with it.  Running causes wear and tear on the body, and injury management comes with the territory. I’ve got to be mature and deal with this. There are mornings where the prospect of going to the gym again instead of running outside in the glorious weather feels unbearable, but I want to maintain my fitness. That means gutting through it even though sitting on the couch and sulking is easier.

The truly challenging part will be in a few weeks when I have the green light to run again. I know that restricting myself to lower mileage and respecting residual aches on the comeback trail may prove to be the most difficult part of this entire process. The risk of reinjury will be high if I don’t play it smart.

Innnn the meantime, I have staged complete domination (blatant hogging) of my favorite gym cardio machines.

The other day, a fellow gym regular gave me this:

As in, he just walked up and wordlessly forced it into my hands as I was heading for the locker room.

I was momentarily confused by his lack of explanation: “Uh, thank– is– why–”

In response, his eyes flickered to the puddle of sweat accumulating on the floor underneath me and then he pointed to my clothes, which, as usual, looked as though they had very recently endured a monsoon. He hesitated, smiled weakly, and said, “You obviously need it.”

19 Comments leave one →
  1. 03/29/2011 02:23

    Of course, my first question is: Was the guy hot? I imagine some Alaskan hottie handing you the Accelerade in an attempt to talk to you. We need details.

    One month isn’t too long. You’ll be on the road in no time good as new.

  2. 03/29/2011 04:12

    It’s a shame your not an intravenous drug user, ’cause you’d be all like, “BLAM!” shooting up into that giant foot vein.

    Truly sorry about the injury- but a month is nothing compared to the rest of your life…I know that’s easy for me to say, but enjoy the break and come back better than ever.


  3. 03/29/2011 06:06

    Oh gosh, I think I would have died laughing if I’d been able to see the Accelerade exchange @ the gym 🙂 As GG asked, was the guy hot??

    So sorry it’s turned out to be a calf tear. Hope you’re able to find the motivation to continue slogging to the gym so you can come back to running strong. About the killer vein in your foot… Wow.

  4. 03/29/2011 12:41

    That heat pack picture resonated with me for some reason…

    I’m sorry to hear about your month long cross training sentence.

  5. RunItOut permalink
    03/29/2011 14:20

    First of all, I’m digging that brown molten colored carpet that screams 1985. Second, did you show the doctor that huge vein???? Impressive. Thirdly, I wish you were here in Rochester because our weather has sucked so badly you wouldn’t feel bad at all about cross-training at the gym. And finally, I hope that damned calf heals up fast – sorry to hear that it is an actual tear.

  6. 03/29/2011 16:20

    bahahahah! guess you won’t have a hydration problem in the future. and that’s what my legs look like too. no shame in having bumpy legs and non pedicured feet

  7. 03/29/2011 17:40

    i dunno, that carpet makes it look like this photo is 20 years old. i feel like the original carpet in my parents house was that color.

    i take it this guy was not easy on the eyes?

  8. 03/29/2011 17:48

    I knew it was a tear! I had no idea they take so long to heal. Fingers crossed that a month is the longest you will have to wait.

  9. 03/29/2011 18:30

    A tear, boo! Sorry for the shitty news. But I think you are totes amazeballs for gutting it out at the gym every day. Of course it’s going to be a bit of a transition when you get back in the running game, but I’ll bet your overall fitness level will still be excellent.

    Also: castor oil? WTH? That’s a new one to me….

  10. Heidi Nicole permalink
    03/30/2011 18:07

    I would take the whole crazy sweat pile reference as a complete compliment!

    Sorry about the craptastic news on the calf…hope it speed heals!

  11. 03/30/2011 21:48

    Could have been worse: he hands you a can of spray-on deodorant. The fine print says “lemonade” — Real lemonade would be more thirst-quenching.

    One good thing about comebacks — the improvement curve is fast and exciting. You’ll just have to avoid fun stuff like sprinting and hard hill repeats for a while .)

  12. 03/31/2011 04:31

    What a great story! Not the official injury diagnosis…boooo!, but the guy. Sounds like you’re working super hard in the gym – you’ll be in primo shape when the roads are yours again. Poor baby though, sorry it’s going to take a while longer.

  13. 04/01/2011 15:43

    Sorry about the tear, but glad you got the real scoop! Always better dealing with the known than the unknown.

    So … WAS the guy hot?? C’mon. Dish.

  14. 04/02/2011 18:27

    every single runner can, sadly, relate. It’s indescribably heartbreaking to suffer an injury, especially at a time when you are dreaming of an upcoming race.

    I’m starting to freak out myself. I just ran a great half last weekend, in preparation for the race I really care about (a marathon May 1st), and now am suffering from hamstring and shin splint issues (since I suck at stretching). I’m pissssssed. bleh.

  15. 04/02/2011 19:14

    What the SH!T!! You got my name. Spelling and everything. Way to show up all my regular readers by just popping in and killing it. Nicely done.

    Literally, I will buy you a fro-yo. Any chance we live anywhere near each other? I live in Oakland….near San Francisco. I could probably just head to your “about me” and find out where you live…

  16. 04/04/2011 07:21

    Boo to the calf tear. Injuries are awful – I think that’s something that all runners can agree on. BUT I do think they help us to appreciate the sport, pay attention to things we often neglect (cross training, icing, rest), and ultimately make us better runners.

    And you wouldn’t be called “sweaty kid” without a whole lotta sweat, right? Drink up.

  17. 04/08/2011 06:16

    I empathise a lot on the injury front: my IT band gave out on me today and I think tomorrow’s racing prospects look bleak. Just offering some huge *hugs* from one frustrated runner to another.

    Also, thanks a lot for such a reassuring comment on my blog.

  18. 04/14/2011 07:43

    I can’t decide if that was rude or nice of him.


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