So, this isn’t the race report I wanted it to be. In fact, it’s not a race report at all. What did I want it to be? A story about learning from last year…getting the nutrition right…having fun, and rocking this thing. And getting my swag. What did happen?
My right hip tightened….a lot. And somewhere between the double days at Orange Theory and the double digit miles on the trails, it tightened to the point I could no longer ignore it…or run on it. Or walk. Yeah…good times. It all started, well, I guess I don’t really know when. Post Giants 10k, my hamstring was tight…not the end of the world. I had a massage, and he found something in my glute…the minute that released….I knew. Ahhh…..relief. But, then the tightness moved. From the back of my leg to the front, and it was worse in the front. For awhile, I was able to push through it. I mean, what Ultrarunner doesn’t? If you run that much, something always hurts.
But, it didn’t go away. Massages, doctors, days off between runs…nothing seemed to work. I tried all the stretches I learned last year when I strained all the muscles in my hip. Nothing worked. I finally went to g-sports, the PT place Brian went to fix his hip, and…progress. Actually, a lot of progress. If you’re hurting, go there. They are amazing. The leg IS healing and WILL get better. Unfortunately, not in time for this race, but making this difficult decision hopefully set me up for a future race. And, of course it’s sad…remembering my post race stumble home – exhausted, chafed, sick, but with, holy crap, I finished, on my tongue…that feeling. Accomplishment. Surprise. Finally being clean enough to pull what I thought was all of my swag out of a bag I use with every run (I found the mousepad and a wine opener a day later…yeah out of it…). But, eh…if I don’t think about it, it’s cool.
My family’s here, and I love seeing my family, so instead of spending more than half the day running, I spent it with them. We spent most of the day playing tourist in the city…well, I guess I was playing tourist. They don’t live here. Anyway, we spent the day at the wharf…lunch at the rainforest cafe, museum at boudin, ice cream at ghiradelli….and I’m pretty sure more food than any human should ever eat. Haha. If you’re not going to run 50 miles, you should at least eat like you did, right?! I love my family and am thankful I got to spend the day with them. Without a race. For over a week :).
Where do I go from here? The same place I feel like I always do…forward. There will be other races…there are other races. I think I’ve already found one to work towards. Cool Moon in Cool in August. I’m pretty sure my leg is just about back to normal, and August will give me time to finish healing and train back up for the race. It’s also a new race, a new adventure, and maybe just what I need.
So, here’s a farewell to my spring race season, here’s to coming back and getting even with Lake Sonoma next year, and here’s to something new…a summer race, more time to train, and maybe even a new PR.