Professional Athlete?

As some of you may know my running career is slightly on hold due to an annoying calf injury which is making running fast or far quite uncomfortable. I rested it, changed shoes, got new insoles and taped the muscle every time I trained but though it improved it really wasn't fixed. I am supposed to be running my first ultra at the end of April - its the shortest of the ultras - a mere 50k - but I really want to finish. So since I can't get all my long runs in I headed off to the doctor who prescribed 3 weeks of no running and physio. The physio has me on a 5 times a day stretching regime. Since I can't run I have to find other ways to keep my fitness up if I stand any chance of running for close to 6 hours.

So this morning I got up at 7:30am (not a geek friendly time) and stretched. Then I headed off to the physio who electrocuted me while steam cooking my leg, ultrasounded me and then rubbed pepper spray into my leg. Then another half hour of stretching. Just a quick trip home to pick up my swimming gear then off to the pool for 40 minutes of swimming and 20 minutes of water jogging. Finally back home for lunch. Its now 12:30 and all I have done this morning is work out and drive. I guess this is what professional athletes feel like. Of course they have millions of dollars of incentive - all I have is the risk of wasting $40 not getting a sweat shirt that just confirms I am insane. Of course the professional athletes can spend the afternoon relaxing and being massaged by 10 playboy bunnies whereas I have to actually get some real work done.... anyone want to sponsor a very bad, slightly injured runner. I'm a LOT cheaper than the other guys and I don't drink and drive or do drugs...

Published 27 March 2007 12:57 AM by zman
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