- Not as many clothes to wash or water bottles to clean
- Quality time spent with the TV and the dog (damn he licks himself a lot)
- Don't have to charge iPod or Garmin
- Hands are not sticky from all of those GUs
- More time to ruminate about what happens if I can't go to San Antonio in November
- Head start on Christmas shopping
- My car doesn't smell like ass
- Don't have to consume all those pesky extra calories I get to eat when I run
- Pants are clean with no skid marks or worse yet, solids
- No chance of getting injured - and one more -
- Plenty of time study the Boston Marathon course and convince myself that Boston sucks in the springtime and who needs that marathon anyway.
This is what I know: x-ray was negative for a fracture, but doc said that is usually the case with stress fractures. MRI is Thursday. Still cannot bear weight on the foot, but it is no worse and might be slightly better.
The results are in from the half:
1:58; 19/174 in age group (40-44); 96/893 female finishers. Could have been worse.
B.O.B. is so right when she compares not being able to run to ending a relationship. We runners are a strange breed. You can't pay most people enough to make them work out twice a week, but tell a runner he/she can't run and it's depression, tears, pity parties and sheer desperation.
So do you all do this, or is it just me? When you get injured, do you blame yourself? "If I just hadn't run that much or that fast. If I had just stopped when it hurt. If I had just...." The hard part about this running thing is when you feel yourself getting stronger, better, faster, you want to keep that momentum going. You up your miles. You increase your intensity. You feel strong. You feel insurmountable. Then you crash. But at least your pants are clean.