Archive for August, 2011


So I’m not very good at keeping this thing updated… I blame that on being busy.  My new job is keeping me on my toes which I like but things that don’t matter (like this blog) take a backseat.

I believe in my last post I was getting geared up for Voyageur.  I really thought this race was going to be a disaster since my longest training run since running the Fargo Marathon in May was twelve miles (I did manage to get in a 50 mile bike ride in though).  It turns out it wasn’t as bad as I would have thought.  I just took it easy and  had a good time on the course.  I was not ready for the heat so on the way back from Duluth to Carlton I had to slow it down quite a bit because I was getting over heated.

I managed to finish under eleven hours and felt pretty good.  I was a little sore the next couple of days but nothing too serious.  It felt a lot like I feel after running a really fast marathon.  Since Voyageur went so well I decided Sawtooth would be a good idea.  Everything was going great for training leading up to Sawtooth.  I was even able to sneak in a 27 mile night run which helped me zero in on what lights I should be using and got me used to running in the dark.

About a week and a half ago I had a bit of an accident with a mechanical clay pigeon thrower.  I was setting the thrower and right when it was about to snap into place, I slipped or it slipped, and my upper shin, just under my knee, took the full force of the rotating arm when it was going its fastest.  It didn’t hurt so much then as I think it broke a nerve but it did manage to break open my skin through my jeans.  I put a paper towel on it and wrapped my leg with gorilla tape and it stopped bleeding.  We finished shooting and when I got home Alicia and I decided that I should go to the ER.  We had to go up to Fargo anyway to go to a wedding so we just left a little early.

It was almost five hours since the accident by the time we got the hospital.  I really didn’t think it was all that bad till we got there and it started bleeding like crazy.  Alicia put me in a wheel chair and they wheeled me back to one of the rooms.  When the Dr took off my duct tape job, my leg squirted and sprayed blood everywhere!  Turns out it broke open an artery.  So the Dr stitched up the artery and then the outside of my leg.  He said I should take about two days off of running.  I did just that.

About five days after I got all stitched up, my leg started to hurt bad.  I went back in and the Dr thought it was infected and the antibiotics they had me on weren’t working for the type of infection I had.  He switched me to the good stuff and the infection went away.  I write this six days later and my leg is still pretty sore.  I’m not quite sure how this will affect my run at Sawtooth but I guess I will find out soon enough!!

On another note, on Saturday I pushed Zander in his stroller for the Potato Days 5k.  He had a good time.  He slept right through it.  I would have ran but the infection was still pretty sore.  We managed to walk the 5k in about 35 mins.  Not too shabby in my street clothes wearing my VFF’s.  I’m hoping all the walking I have been doing will translate to an easier time with the power hiking up the hills at Sawtooth.  I think it will.



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