The first step, it felt like I'd been shot in the hip with a harpoon. Momentum threw me forward onto the other leg - and I felt like I'd been struck by lightning in that hip. Legs crumpling beneath me, self-preservation and habit kept me upright for the next few stumbled steps. Total mileage: 8 feet.
These weren't even the injuries I was worried about!
Rest had done nothing but made me stiffer. I could walk without pain, so I went for a walk. Afterward, I did a check to see which muscles and tendons were sensitive. Dozens hurt.
I'd gone to watch a few races recently. Some guys moved with a grace and fluidity that was a joy to see. Others moved "like old men." Repeated small injuries had caused some people to change the way they ran, without their being aware of it. That made me think that I too had probably done that and I recalled photos of my running, both good and bad.
|Okay: 2008 Trail Mix winning kick|
|Bad: 2009 Zumbro, mile 80|
|1983: sub-34 minute 10K|