I’ve been battling my left hamstring for the last week and a half, thus I cut my miles down last week. In theory, it might sound like a nice break, a time to recover, etc, but what it really means to me is that I’ve got a heckuva a lot of energy to burn – like always feeling like you’ve had three cups of coffee too quickly and going to bed is very difficult. Here’s a mildly amusing story….
Dateline – Dayton, MN
- 12:25 AM – I tell myself I’ve got to get some sleep.
- 12:45 AM – heading to the kitchen for a snack of deli meat and milk.
- aprrox 1:15 AM – Fall asleep
- 1:35 AM – Jake is crying, Erika gets him
- 2:20 AM – Jake is crying again, I go to get him.
- 2:30 AM – I put Jake in his crib, go to the bathroom, but before I’m done, he’s crying again.
- 2:31 AM – Rub Jake’s back and he falls asleep
- 2:32 AM – Attempt to leave Jake’s room, but he starts crying again
- 2:33 AM – Lay down on the floor next to his crib
- 2:37 AM – Snuggle up on the floor with a slipper for a pillow.
- 4:38 AM – leave Jake’s floor and the slipper pillow to go back to bed
- 6:06 AM – Roll over in bed to be awoken by the WORST CALF CRAMP EVER! In my right calf – not my hamstring side. I was jumping around, quietly screaming, softly punching the pillow, quietly sobbing.
- 6:22 AM – I’m still in shock over how painful that cramp was, not back to sleep yet.
- 7:11 AM – Abbie says “Good Morning” and tries to crawl on my and give me a hug, but I pop up saying “Don’t touch my leg!”
- 7:15 AM – After properly saying good morning to my family, I hobble to the coffee maker, make coffee and eat two bananas (potasium) and drink 24 ounces of water (dehydration).
- 10:00 AM – after my 3 miles tester run, my right calf hurts and my hammy feels fine.
- 2:45 PM – I’m at Cub and I find Icy Hot balm.
- 2:57 PM – Apply Icy Hot to my calf.
As said it’s only mildly amusing – it was very painful.
If you come out to see the marathon, you should be able to smell me coming – I’ll be the menthol smelling one.