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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Super Saturday

Yesterday, I had little time to dwell on my pained IT band; instead, we spent most of the day at a Marlins game. I'm not any kind of sports fan, especially baseball, but the group went to the game in order to celebrate our friend, Pete's, b-day.

So, we arrived at the game a few hours early in order to tailgate -- as my husband and I are demonstrating in the pic above -- and sweat every ounce of fluid out of our bodies. It was easily 90 something degrees, and the sun was beating down directly on us; in no time, we were all soaking from the heat. Personally, I had the worst boob sweat and my underwear were saturated from perspiration (made peeling them off in the bathroom an enjoyable experience). This would have been embarassing, but since everyone else was suffering from similiar sweating, I didn't feel so bad. But, despite the heat, we did enjoy our brats and beers.

Inside the game, it was no cooler.
But, by then, we were used to the sweating, so we sat back to enjoy the game, drink more beer, and eat peanuts. Here I am to the left, with a big ol' peanut in my cheek. I look like a friggin chipmunk!

But I have to say, the peanuts and beer were the best part of that game -- to me, baseball is just as boring as watching the grass grow -- but soon enough it was all done (Marlins lost to the Mets) and we waited for the after game concert: Quiet Riot and Vince Neil -- sans the rest of the Crue. The concert was alright. But maybe it was because I was just so tired at that point, or maybe it was because it was the 3rd concert of aged rock stars I'd seen in just as many weeks, but whatever the reason, I was so ready to leave at that point. However, we did stay for the whole thing and while I did enjoy hearing the classics ("Kickstart my Heart" "Same Ol' Situation" "Dr Feelgood" etc), I thought that A.) Vince Neil has no business parading around in leather pants anymore, and B.) He also suffered from a case of mush-mouth. The choruses always came out clear, but for many of the songs, he sounded like he was sharing space with a watermelon in his mouth.

In the end, it was another fun day with my own Crew, but I was exhausted when we got home last night. And this morning's sober light reminds me that I have to return to the issue of my IT band and what course of action I should take. So, after consulting all of you, the massage therapist/physical therapist, and the team's coach, I have come to a conclusion. I am gonna rest today (fo sure), then cross train for a few days, and then return to running, but keep all of my runs around 3 miles (and see how they go), which at this point in my training, with the exception of the last long run, my runs weren't planned to exceed 4 miles anyway.

In the meantime, I see the massuese again on Tuesday and I have to keep up with the exercises and stretches she prescribed. Plus, I need to remember to ice after workouts, and IB around the clock. I feel like this is a solid plan, and when it comes to marathon day, I will do what I can. My husband has made it implicitly clear that if I can't finish, I need to step out of the race and not run through the hurt. I guess, perhaps, I need to mentally prepare myself for that possibility. It's not a pleasant thought though.

15 comments:

Erin said...

It was a good time but I too was exhausted and even though I am a huge concert fan, all I could do was try to fill in the words for Vince. Having experienced his lack of lyrics last year, I had little expectations of a better experience (so I was not as let down as the others).

I think you have a solid running plan and I completely agree with Jerry about race day. The last thing you need a permanent injury or one that causes more damage by pushing too hard.

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like a fun saturday. I do love baseball. And beer. And peanuts.

ws said...

I go to Yankee Stadium just to eat the peanuts, I think. I suspect if you use hydroponics to grow your grass it might be more exciting than baseball.

I don't want to sound like I'm encouraging you to run through an injury nor do I want to devalue your husband's opinion, but have faith that everything will be ok. At least for me, that would make surviving a taper easier...

(and, I hope I haven't offended)

Firefly's Running said...

Looks like a great time, Jess. Beer and peanut are a match made in heaven.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Sounds like a good plan. Love the pics.

I personally like baseball FOR the peanuts and beer. And all the other goodies.

Shannon said...

At least I know it wasn't just me...I thought I couldn't understand the lyrics because I wasn't as familiar with them as the choruses. And amen to putting away the leather pants! Something about seeing the potbelly hanging over the top - just not good. Gives new meaning to the phrase "muffin top."

Marcy said...

Dude, looked like a totally rockin day!! Beer and peanuts? What more can a girl ask for?

MN Mom said...

Glad I wasn't there! (Sorry Pete) I hate hot weather. Especially in situations where there is no shade and the bathroom facilities are questionable.

Nicole said...

Looks like you have a solid plan. Take it easy and you'll be just fine.

CollegeGirl said...

Sounds like a fun day!! I personally love going to baseball games, but only when the Cards are playing. Sounds like a good concert too!

Tiffany said...

Cute pics! I love baseball and beer too... and beer... did I mention, beer?

Remember to take it easy... we are only two weeks out from the race so your physical conditioning will still carry through.

Can you believe it?? Two weeks?!?

David said...

No wonder you weren't feeling the after show. All day in the sun, drinking beer, boob sweat, and drenched skivvies? That's enough to put anyone in a blah mood, especially when faced with someone that ought to be grown up by now, but thinks he can go on like the Rolling Stones or U2.

It does look like a fun day, though. Probably tough to keep hydrated in those circumstances. Top that off with an evening by the grill and some frozen beverages, and I can't imagine a better Saturday!

Wes said...

No beer picture, but I'll settle for sweat stained boobs ;-)

J~mom said...

Looks like a fun day!! I am so used to getting yucky sweating like that from running now that I don't mind it as much.

Do you think if your IT starts hurting during the marathon it could damage it or just cause it longer to heal? I don't know that much about the IT.

Amy said...

Oh crappers, I'm sorry to hear about the ITB....keep icing and I hope it gets better!