Throwback Wednesday – Two DNS’s and Time Off

In the beginning of May 2012, I had two races within a week of each other. I had been making some decent progress in April and fully intended to keep it up through May… starting the month off with a 4 mile race and then a 10K the following weekend.

But there was another plan in store for me…

I rented a car to go to a very good friends baby shower. But on the way I got into a bad car accident. I am going to leave the details out because to be perfectly frank… I really WANT to forget them. But I will say that buying that slew of car renters insurance is by far the best $20 I have ever spent…

I walked away with a lot of bruises and the knowledge that I was going to be pretty sore for at least a week. But all things considered, I was VERY lucky. Since my 4 mile race was supposed to be the next day, I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I held on to hope for a couple of days that I would be able to at least walk the 10K but it quickly became evident that wasn’t going to happen.

I was in a lot of pain… It was all just a lot of soreness in the muscles. My back was sore because my right pectoral muscle hurt so much. I ended up having a muscle strain in that right pectoral muscle and it was VERY painful. Sneezing made me literally scream in pain…

My back was out of whack because I was trying to compensate for the pain in my chest and my foam roller became my absolute best friend in the whole wide world. During this time, I wasn’t really able to go grocery shopping (remember I rented the car) since I was still in quite a bit of pain so I ended up eating out a LOT and none of it was healthy. Looking back, I should have made more of an effort to try to be healthy but I just didn’t.

On the advice of a friend, I took a lot of time off. I limited all physical activity (including walking) so I could heal as quickly as possible. It was a full 17 days off from running and just about all physical activity. It also took about 16 days for sneezing to longer be painful…

Once I was able to run again, I attempted to make up some ground but knew I was never going to be ready for my next race… I briefly considered taking a DNS or bumping down to the 5K but just couldn’t do it. The race was the United Run for the Zoo… My favorite 10K and my dad was in town. I just couldn’t bail on my favorite 10K and I didn’t want to bump down either…

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2 thoughts on “Throwback Wednesday – Two DNS’s and Time Off

  1. Sorry to hear about your accident. I always turn down the extra insurance when I rent a car, but I’ve heard that my personal car insurance doesn’t cover “loss of use” if the car is not available for rental. Glad you were able to recover relatively quickly then race your favorite 10k!

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