Saturday, June 27, 2009
So you would think that a race injury might be running related, like a turned ankle or a pulled muscle, both of which I have done. I've even fallen down while running! (A few times, actually, but never during a race. Not yet anyway...) But today was a new one.
Let me start by saying that I like to wear hats while I run. They keep the sun off my face and the sweat out of my eyes. They cover my crazy halo of frizz that can't seem to control. I do, however, have a hard time with finding hats that fit and stay DOWN on my head, so I am constantly pulling the brim down. All of my older hats have stains on the brim from the contstant tugging and adjusting. The hat I wore today is relatively new, and I have only worn it on a few runs. I knew as soon as the race started that this hat was going to drive me bonkers. It wouldn't stay in place, and it was a breezy morning to boot, so I was having a hard time keeping it on.
So there I was, somewhere in Mile 2 of my race, when a big gust of wind swept in. I felt my hat lift off my head and tried to grab it, but ended up poking myself in the eye. HARD! Like stabbing pain and blurry vision hard. I managed to recover, but YOWZA, it really hurt. Well, I kind of forgot about it until I saw myself in the mirror later, only to discover that I have a big red patch in the white of my eye -- you know the kind you get when you burst a bunch of blood vessels. So there it is, physical evidence of my clumsiness.
Oh well, I still had a great race, even injured.