Monday, May 16, 2011
May 14, 2011 will go down as the day that I suffered the dumbest running injury…so far at least. I took a week break from the Galloway Half Marathon training for the week following my last 10K race. That meant that this past weekend I was supposed to run 8 miles. Running around my neighborhood was getting stale and I was struggling to find a route that long. I decided to take my son to grandma’s for the morning and try out the Paseo del Bosque trail along the Rio Grande. www.cabq.gov/openspace/p
It was almost exactly 4 miles from Alameda to Montano and then another 4 miles back to my car.
The first 30 minutes were okay. I dropped into my 3 min run/1 min walk Galloway intervals for the last mile or so before reaching Montano. Why was my arm hurting…okay, burning? Why was my arm burning? At Montano, I got off the trail and looked under my arm. It was red. The new short-sleeved running shirt I was wearing was rubbing under my arm. I tried tucking in the sleeve into my sports bra. That didn’t help. Should I just take my shirt off? Okay, it wasn’t THAT bad yet, so the shirt stayed on. I started back for the last 4 miles. I tried running with my elbows far away from my body. That didn’t last long. The pain under my arm only got worse and I realized just how THIRSTY I was. I usually run in the early morning hours, not between 9-11am. There was not much shade either. The high that day was 81, so it was probably in the 70’s (?) during that time. Either way, I struggled…REALLY struggled with the return trip. I could barely run those 3 minute intervals. I didn’t have any water or fuel with me. HUGE mistake. Once I got back to the car (I ran the last ½ mile or so to the parking lot to save face) and drank the water I had. When I got to the bathroom at my mom’s house to change clothes, I was shocked at the reflection in the mirror. I was red in the face (sunburn and exertion combo) and very pale in the lips. I looked creepy.
So…lesson learned! I need a fuel belt. Any suggestions? Oh, and I’m glad I didn’t wear that shirt during a race!
Under my arm 2 days after the 8 mile run (it still hurts!)-