"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? No!"
However... it is with a heavy heart that I must make an announcement.
On September 20th, 2007 at 7:05.43 PM EST, my 2007 Race Season was pronounced dead.
*moment of silence*
I know it is sudden, and I was not expecting it. It was an accident, however there will be an investigation find out the underlying cause.
I went out for my typical Thursday 4-miler with my running club when it happened. I was thisclose to the 1 mile mark when I started to get that feeling. You know the one. The one that crippled me Sunday, that shut me down last Thursday, the very same feeling that attacked me mid-swim last night.
No, not my she-devil alter ego Speedracer... but rather the 'I' word. *sigh*
I am injured. And I hate saying it let alone being it. Injury. So not in the plan.
The pain is just not going away. I have been icing, stretching, Advil-ing, and toe-tapping every waking moment that my feet are free to do so. It is not getting better.
Something is amiss here and I need the time to correct it. To hunt it out. To destroy it and make everything better. With 3 long runs left and quite honestly some very crappy base-mileage behind me with me not breaking 5 miles since the CDC, I am calling it. So long '07 - I will see you in hell. *call me!*
DIY Shin Splint Surgery - I hope that it will not come to this
As of tonight, I am officially in off season.
This. Is. So. Foreign. To. Me.
I am going to spend time in the gym hitting the spinning class, doing some core-strengthening activities, strength-training, and really focusing on swimming efficiency. The running part will resume after my shin-splinties are gone, but in prep for '08 I will be focusing on 5K distance for now.
Do you know what? I have accomplished a lot of things this year. And I am still triumphant. I ended this season exactly as I wanted it (well except for the whole not-running Detroit thing... but that is besides the point)... I finished it with a smile because I gave it all that I had in the end.
Like I said, I just was not ready for it this year. 2008 is MY year.