Tuesday, February 16, 2010

You come on like a flame Then you turn a cold shoulder

Really people. Enough with the winter. I'm over it. I think Bea may be over it as well. She went from running all over like a mad woman to ok, I've pooped, I'm going home.
I know how she feels.
I headed out for 11 today and cut it short at 8. It was snowing, which was fine. Around mile 4 it got to be wet snow and was sticking and making the roads in Central Park a mess. Mixed with the horse shit from those terrible carriage in the south end of the park, and well, yuck. Having that muck splash up all over yourself is gross. Plus, the footing was getting bad and Ishii and I could barely go below 10 minute miles. Just not worth it.
It's a good thing I cut it short too and here's why. I came home and I get cold pretty quickly when I stop running in the winter, even though I sweat like mad. So I got in a warm tub and I'm just lying there relaxing and suddenly, it felt like someone stabbed me in the side. I could barely get myself up. I managed to get to the bed with out even drying off and just laid there trying to figure out what to do. I called loren: got voice mail, same with my mom, called Ishii cause we had just run together.
After an annoying conversation with my Dr's office and considering a trip to the ER, the pain went away. There's a chance it was a kidney stone, who knows. I went to urgent care to play it safe. The Dr told me if it was a stone, it passed or I'd still be in pain and probably throwing my guts up. Man, it was BAD!
And here's where all my reading of RWOL has come in handy. He prescribbed Cipro and I had this moment: wait a minute...that's oh wait...Hey Dr, doesn't that have a side effect that can damage tendon? He wasn't sure so he looked it up and said, Huh, well look at that tendon ruptures. I wasn't surprised he didn't know that. How often you think it comes up? I was surprised that I remembered it and remembered reading about someone's bad experience with it. So, he gave me something else. Knowledge is power people!!!!

And now on to something totally different.
After my 16 mile run on Sat, I headed down to my mom's for dinner with her, my grandfather, my bro and his gf. Oh yea, and Loren.
My grandfather is 85 and originally from MA. During dinner he turns to me and says "So I hear you'll be running on Patriot's day this year". Only runners and people from MA knows this means: so you're doing Boston. He then went on to tell stories of watching the race when he was younger. Pretty cool! Just goes to show people who live where storied races like that take place also get a real kick out of it.

I'll be moving my long run to Thurs this week as a mini taper for my trip out to CA. Man, I hope the sleet/ice/crap is off the road for that. I can not wait to go someplace where there's no snow for a few days.

6 comments:

Girl In Motion said...

Wow, how horrible and scary, hope that pain doesn't reappear and that you passed it. And thank god you nixed Cipro, my pal Lara spent the better part of a year dealing with the vestiges of that. I mean, it's gotta be a rare occurrence but why take that chance?

So cool that your grandpa could talk to you about Boston. Really special.

DogPound said...

hhmm, maybe it was you I heard that story from.
Yea, why take the chance?

L.A. Runner said...

Remember last year before my marathon I got sick? The dr. gave me Cipro, and we had a BIG discussion about it on RWOL. It didn't do anything bad to me, but I have read horror stories, too.

Have you passed the stone? I heard those things are REALLY painful. I hope you feel better soon. Oh yeah, enjoy California!!! I am so jealous!

runnerjim said...

Hi, It was fun to meet you at the Chinatown race today. I hope the weather perks up for the rest of your stay.
That pain episode sounds awful. Hopefully it's done with.
Let's see... Patriots day.... Oh yeah, I'm in a race that day too! A longish one that starts in someplace called Hopkinton. I hear it's popular.

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