I'm a frickin' moron! Actually . . a 'hypochondriac moron' to be exact!
Every day it's something else! A few common threads over time but basically I'm a mental train-wreck!
Monday - felt good and had a fun day running; 96°
Tuesday - another good day running; 98°
Wednesday - Took the day as a rest day; 100°
Thursday - suffered from heat and a hip that started hurting again; 95°; hip hurt all day and night.
Friday - okay run; hip was fine . . . zero pain; 90° But post run, my hip is starting to hurt again. But not bad.
So I decided to do two Medoc laps (about 17 miles) Saturday morning. As I left the house it started to rain! PERFECT day! Nice and cool! I totally love running in the rain!
I planned to meet 9 runners from Richmond, VA who were coming to the Medoc Trail Marathon this fall and wanted to check out Medoc trails. We met at the picnic shelter and at about 8:15 we headed out. And my hip felt great!
These guys and gals were much faster then me and after about 1 1/2 miles they went on, leaving me to poke along, splashing in the puddles! I did take a saw with me and did a little trail work along the way. But after passing the graveyard near Firetower, the hip started complaining. And by the time I got to the creek, it was just plain hurting!
Every time I walked, the horseflies attacked! And they were vicious! Never seen them this bad. Meltdown folks are going to love them!!
Coming back towards the shelter on Discover Loop, I saw a huge limb hanging in the trees. When I pulled it down it totally blocked the trail so I had to saw it into parts to clear the trail. All the while the horseflies were having a feast on me! Took 10-15 minutes to clear everything.
Then, about 1/4 mile later there was another tree down, totally blocking the trail! Just my luck! Another 20 minutes for the horseflies to have their way with me!
Finally I got back to the picnic shelter and I knew I was done! Damn hip was killing me,
Back at the house and it's getting worse and worse. And I really can't pinpoint where it hurts. It just hurts! Almost makes me nauseous.
Okay . . . it's a few hours and a second dose of ibuprofen later . . . the pain has eased. And I'm walking with just a little limp!
We'll see how she feels in the morning. If I have any hope of some marathons / ultras this fall I need at least 15 miles this weekend. Maybe the road will be easier then the trail. Don't worry . . . I'll do loops around the neighborhood assuming that I feel like trying it at all.
Now it's Sunday morning. And it's weird - almost no hip pain this morning!!! Yesterday I was suffering . . . couldn't move without pain. Now, one day later, I'm virtually pain free.
For the most part this is GREAT! Pain gone! But from another perspective it's not. No way I can go to see a doctor when my hip isn't hurting. I would feel like a fool (well . . . maybe even more like a fool then I normally feel!)
But even with the pain relief I don't think I'll run today.
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