Thursday, October 29, 2009

Beware: Stupidity Ahead

It's been awhile since I've blogged. Finishing another grueling round of marathon training then topping it off with a successful race apparently puts me in automatic vacation mode. Not the lounging-on-a-sandy-white-beach-listening-to-the-waves-and-sipping-piƱa-coladas kind of vacation mode. More like the shutting-off-the-alarm-clock-instead-of-getting-up-to-run-in-the-cold-dark-because-I'm-not-training-and-don't-have-to-run-anyway kind of vacation mode. It's no fruity drink with a miniature umbrella, but it's a pretty good place to be nonetheless.


Truth be told, I've never been much for recovery. Three days after my marathon, when I was finally able to move forward more than three steps at a time, I naturally felt like I was due for a run. That weekend, I ran eight miles of rolling hills. The next weekend, I ran 12 miles of flat country roads. And the next weekend, I was nursing an injury.

Well, surprise, surprise.

Sustaining a post-marathon injury is as inevitable for me as Kanye West making a fool of himself in public. It's just bound to happen.

Of course, I'm no stranger to injury. In my relatively short running career, I've injured everything there is to injure. More than once. I've been there, done that. And because I've been there, done that, I know exactly how to treat an injury. Forget resting and taking time off in order to heal, blah blah blah. Nooo... the way to treat an injury is with ice. Lots and lots of ice. There's just no such thing as too much ice.

Except... apparently, there is.

I'm the kind of person who scoffs at printed warnings because they obviously only pertain to stupid people. Don't put ice pack directly on skin? Pfftt... that's for stupid people. Don't leave ice pack on skin for more than 15-20 minutes at a time? Whatever. Only a moron would need to be told that.

Anyway, I'm done blogging now. Show's over. You folks go back to what you were doing.

The frostbite on my thigh needs another antibiotic treatment.

16 comments:

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Uh oh!! That is too funny..

If only we could wiggle our nose or wave a magic wand and be injury free.

FYI there is a Giveaway on my Blog for a Brooks running jacket, I know you don't usually enter but I thought you might like to this time.. And I have a half Marathon this weekend.. Fun times ahead..

Mel said...

LOL. Thanks for making me laugh! I've missed you in bloggy land:)

Funnyrunner said...

lol. You silly tall girl.

I've been blog absent post marathon, too. but I qualified!

I, however, am all too ready for a rest. I took a whole week off after the Bay State and I've only run 2 days since then... short blurps of 5-milers.

It's back to work, though, on Monday, when Boston training officially begins...

hope you feel better!

Jenn said...

Ha! I just choked on my wine. Funny! Nice blog-really enjoyed reading it!

Jen said...

You crack me up! Frostbite- seriously? I think I might lie about how I got that, just a little. You live in a place where that's a plausible story. I hope your injuries get better quick!

kylejday said...

I too have been down the frostbite road before. Hilarious stuff. The Kanye West comment was fantastic!!

Christie said...

Angie, I'm really happy for you. And Imma let you finish, but The Stick offers the best injury treatment of all time. LOL

How you doing, girl? Long time, no see. Have you ever had a injury to the hip/pelvic joint area? That's what I have going on now. Of course I'm not running, but I'm not sure if there's anything I should be doing.

livelypen said...

Christie's "Imma let you finish" made me laugh. Angie, I've been thinking of you--you sure you want to keep up this running thing? Through the winter? Again? in IDAHO? I think about you and and the frostbite on your thigh whenever I go out to get the mail--across the street.

Molly said...

Are you me? I feel like all I've done throughout my running career is deal with injuries.

btw, nice profile on runner dude!

robison52 said...

Have you ever had a hip joint injury? It's hard to rest and ice a hip, I practically need a body cast to keep the hip immobile. My hip injury is a non-running related injury and I'm slowly returning to training. According to your "My Racing Career" you've had a pretty good year! I've only managed one race for 2009. I'm hoping 2010 will be a better year.

Court and Jill said...

Hi. I'm holly's sis. As in Trent and Holly. Just a quick question: what earbuds do you use? I jog also and hate the earbuds that came with my ipod. Way too uncomfortable. What do you use?

Tall Girl Running said...

Jill,

I wish I had a good suggestion for you. I'm pretty tough on my mp3's and usually go through at least two a year. I don't seem to have a problem with any of the earbuds, although some of them tend to slip out of my ears when I get really sweaty. I've even bought a replacement pair at WalMart for a buck. Sorry I can't be more helpful!

Court and Jill said...

Thanks for your reply, Angie! I think I must have a deformed ear! I'll find something that works.

Maureen said...

Kayne West comment = priceless.

Twincerely,Olga said...

wow!! great run! You go girl!!!Enjoyed reading!!

Elena (Running in Heels After Child) said...

This is the first time I have read your blog and I was cracking up at "getting-up-to-run-in-the-cold-dark-because-I'm-not-training-and-don't-have-to-run-anyway", I don't think anyone but runners understand the pull to crawl out of bed on a cold as* dark morning and go run. I have run with my hair and my eyebrows covered in a layer of frost.