Some days, running alone seems like it requires super powers. On days like today, however, when it's 65 degrees and a slight breeze and a clear blue sky, running is totally effortless. I FLOAT across the pavement.
But today, I did not run.
Today I did not run because on Saturday, while running around the very beautiful Lake of the Isles, I took one tiny little misstep, turned my ankle, and came crashing down to the ground, landing squarely on my left knee and hand. 2 hours later, I was in the ER, being xrayed, braced in a splint and sling, and ushered back out the door.
Radial Head Fracture.
Today I got the cast thingy off, with instructions to take it easy and come back in a week for a follow-up and more xrays. It appears that the injury isn't terribly severe, mostly just uncomfortable, and in the meantime, I'm taking vicodin for the pain.
It is with all that in mind that I write today's Take It And Run Thursday response.
"What superpower runners would have if you could? Sure, speed would be nice, but it seems like as a group we would get more creative than that. A shield to keep the rain out. The ability to stay warm or cool. I could see triathletes wanting to have Superman's trick of instantly changing clothes in handy phone booth."
My super power of choice would have to be magic healing powers! I can't tell you how many times I've gotten off track or given up a lot of running progress due to a turned ankle, a case of tendonitis, a pulled muscle, or now...a fractured ELBOW!? But the ability to heal on command (not to be confused with HEEL on command, although that would immensely help to prevent future injuries, as my 70 lb lab is terrible on the leash), would be amazing. No more time off, no more physical therapy... no more payback for a Saturday long run. Just the wiggle of my nose an my bones would knit.
In the meantime, I'm on doctor's orders to stay away from running for a bit -- and yoga -- obviously my poor arm wouldn't react very well to downward dog or the plank position. I can walk, and I can use cardio equipment at the gym. I didn't ask him, but I bet I can swim as well. I cannot lift weights, or do anything that requires pulling with force.
Given this streak of amazing weather, it's killing me to sit on my butt, watching the days go from light to dark. But... it could have been much worse, and for that I am very grateful.
Off and (not) running,