15-day DL? Hope not…

Well, I found a quick way to not feel the pain in my heel – take one on the shin.  As if I need to find reason #471 how masters runners differ from pro runners, I found it tonite.  Went to pick up my daughter from softball practice after the cross-country team was done with their summer conditioning.  When I got there they were just about to scrimmage – coaches/parents vs the girls.  I was suckered into joining the 6 other guys to provide the team with a little competition.  Don’t know what I was thinking….

Not your run-of-the-mill track injury...

As I write this, even I see this ending with a blown hammy trying to stretch a single into a double.  Luckily this was not the case.  I came up to bat for the second time (sidenote: this fastpitch stuff is much harder than it looks.  Hitting an 11-year old girl may sound easy, but when the mound is like 13’ away from the plate it’s not like your old baseball days….), I dug in planning on putting a charge in one.  First pitch low and inside, I decide to pull the trigger anyway.  I drove it all right – right into my left shin!  Now I know why Derek Jeter wears the shin guards – ouch.  It took about 1 second for somebody to implant a tennis ball under the skin of my shin – can you say instant swelling?!?  Awesome, 4 days before race-time…

So – odds are Ryan Hall is not fouling softballs off his shin days before his national championship, but then again he is 20-something and doesn’t have fatherly duties.  Track is what it is, so I can’t complain about what goes on in my life that affects how I do on the track.  I am more pissed that after taking one on the shin I grounded out to the 12-year old shortstop – but granted I didn’t go to the afterburners down the line because I was still thinking about the hammy.  I don’t live in a bubble and track isn’t even a close second on the list of priorities, so I’ll see if I can run with this thing hitchhiking on my lower leg and if I can’t I can’t.

Before the blunt force trauma took place I got in a tempo workout in the pool this morning as well as a couple miles with the team this evening.  45 minutes in the HydroWorx this morning – 15 warmup, 15 tempo, 15 cool down.  Felt good, heel pain-free.  Got the heart rate up and turned the legs over a little bit, probably for the last time before I get out to Cleveland on Friday.  About 3-4 miles with the team tonite – they were doing a tempo run as well, so I ran with the girls which was a pretty easy pace.  As for the rest of this evening, ice, ice, and more ice.  Read something about massaging it out, will call the doc in the morning and see what he says.  Kind of a bummer, but not as much as taking the collar this evening…


About Nick Berra

I am a 45 year old masters runner from Central Pennsylvania. I have been participating primarily in track events since turning 40 in 2009. This season has produced marks that I have not run in several years, I believe primarily due to starting a strength and flexibility program here at Elite Athletic Performance - I've felt stronger and faster than I have in a long time. That, coupled with lots of underwater running, has kept me healthy and fit - at this age those are things I no longer take for granted... I run USATF events with a team out of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Track Club. They are a great group who have played a big part in making the sport enjoyable for me again. I also run local races for HydroWorx Track Club, supported by HydroWorx here in Harrisburg PA. Their underwater treadmills and training center has proved to be a crucial part of my training, rehabilitation, and recovery programs. I set personal records in the 800m (1:56.06) in 2010 and in the 1500m (4:02:63) and mile (4:23.48) in 2011. Despite the fact that I am not getting any younger, I nearly PR'ed recently and set the M45 indoor world record in the 800 meters at the New Balance Armory in New York City. I ran 1:56.10, besting the 9 year old record by less than a second. I feel like there are still more big things to come... I am married and have two daughters. I am an assistant XC coach at my alma mater, Cumberland Valley High School here in Mechanicsburg PA. I am also a 1991 graduate of the US Naval Academy, currently working as a pilot for FedEx after serving 10 years on active duty flying in the Navy. Beat Army! Beat Army!
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