Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Are you sure you want to cancel your ING NYC Marathon 2008 entry?

Hello, Christine! You have cancelled your entry in the 2008 ING New York City Marathon. You will receive a guaranteed spot in next year's Marathon provided you register and pay all applicable fees. Watch for information regarding registration so you can secure your spot.

Sunday, Sept. 28, was the NYC Marathon Tune up. My training up until that point was low volume and I was just starting to increase the mileage. I was also starting to feel an occasional sharp and quick pain in my left butt cheek area and also a tightness in my left hip flexor. Because of this, in the days leading up to the 18-mile race I decided to take it easy and actually did not run from Wednesday through Saturday. My plan for Sunday was to run at least 18 miles, aim for 2o miles, and if I felt amazing run 23 miles. I started out feeling great but at mile 2 things started to feel sore. As I continued to run I thought about my options. I could push through it and risk severe injury, I could stop right away and have to deal with getting home, or I could finish the first 6-mile loop and re-assess. Being lazy and not wanting to walk to the bus I went with option C. At the top of the first loop I was feeling a bit better and I noticed that the pain lessened as I slowed my pace. So I decided to do another loop and re-assess. At the time of re-assessment I was under the influence of a runner's high and I actually wasn't feeling pain anymore. I got through the race with my third loop faster than the others. I ran the mile home at a relaxed pace, completing 20 miles for the day.

When I got home I stretched, then prepared an ice bath and "relaxed" in there for 15-20 mins. I was having a hard time walking but I was managing. I had a protein shake and decided that since I didn't sleep a wink the night before, I should nap. A few hours later I woke up and tried to get out of bed. I couldn't. I couldn't bear weight on my left leg and I panicked. With severe pain I was finally able to limp to my computer, where I did the obvious thing... logged onto twitter. I also decided that I hate the ER enough that I would tough it out until I could see my doctor the next morning. Coach Josh (SpeedySasquatch) came to my rescue that night to help me get dinner and put me to bed.

The details of the diagnonsense are painful and annoying to relive, so here they are in fast forward:

"Doc, I think I broke something. Fix me. Look, I can't even walk"

"I think you pulled a muscle, but let's get an x-ray. Here are some crutches that are much too small for you"

3 days later I have discovered that crutches are the enemy and when I called for results my doctor had no recollection of seeing me in the first place. He finally looked me up...

"The x-ray results do not show a stress fracture, however, you have a soft tissue growth on your right side above your bladder and you need to get an ultrasound to rule out anything scary"

"Yeah thanks, but I'd rather make it so that I can walk first"

"Nope. I won't see you for the hip pain until you get the ultrasound"

The soonest ultrasound appt wasn't for another 3 weeks, so I went back to my doctor to demand an MRI. I had the MRI last Saturday morning. The doctor calls me on Monday to tell me that it is indeed a stress fracture and I need to be on crutches at all times. He prescribes something for pain, reviews the MRI films with me and suddenly seems much more interested in my injury and treatment.

Now for the best part, Dr. Stark has prescribed a special treatment to speed the healing process. He has managed to hook me up with an Ultrasound Bone Healing machine (www.exogen.com). This device will be worn for 20 mins a day and will stimulate the cells to heal my fracture 38% faster. Hopefully this means that I will be better in 4 weeks, rather than 6. And the best part is that I don't have to spend the $3500 to buy the machine.

So here I am, trying to live my life on crutches. It's impossible. I feel my phone vibrate in my pocket as I am hurtling down the block, but I don't have hands to answer because I am now using my upper body for walking. If I want a coffee I have to take the time to stop and sit down somewhere to drink it. I'm also going broke through my excessive cab use. The worst part? The crutches hurt more than the fracture. The best part? I'm going to beat you all in an arm wrestling competition with my enormous guns by the time I'm back on my feet again.

P.S. I promise I'll post about food, hummus first. As you can see, I've had a lot going on. Ill be crutching myself to the store for some chick peas and tahini early next week. Stay tuned!


sbrtv said...

Oh Christine, you are falling apart. Despite the mess of dealing with the docs, at least they hooked you up with a cool new toy, right?

Hopefully at least you'll have some pretty sick guns once this whole ordeal is over.

Javier said...

"Ultrasound Bone Healing machine" didn't I see that on the info-mecial with that Fast talking guy that also doe the Oxyclean stuff?

Seriously tho, are you trying to one up me with injuries? I break a collarbone, you fracture your hip? If you are its pointless. I can throw my back on demand almost! So dont even go there! And I haven'y even tapped into my knees as future injuries yet :)

Anyhow, it looks like you will be joining me in the DL list. But really thats good news in a way. It forces us to preserve our energies for the races of value that are coming next year.

Just chill and take this time to focus more important things like updating this blog on a timely basis so I can have something to read.

SpeedySasquatch said...

Nice entry! Keep them coming. I hope you heel quickly and can get back out there with the rest of us soon! Although, it's gonna be cold, so not all that fun outside! Stay warm, get strong and we all look forward to having you out there with us again when the weather turns again!

Bill Risch said...

Classy pic with the crutches and the martini at the wedding. Get yourself better sooner than you think you'll be back on the road again!

ramster said...

oh now i get it. its HOTlisticguru. Now dont think that because you got the fancy magic healer thingy that you bought two weeks of self abuse. take it easy and get well quick

Jen said...

Crutches make you look hot!

Party at 97th and 5th on marathon day! I'll order the pizza!


Javier said...

BTW the blue shawl looks awesome with the metalic crutches. You rock

Molly said...

I thought this was a hilarious post Christine! LOL great shot too.