Did you see the movie 2012? I watched it one time while running on the treadmill and wasn’t sure if it was a comedy or a drama. It’s basically your typical apocalypse story, in which the earth’s core is heating up rapidly and is going to boil, causing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and a huge tidal wave that will engulf the earth. So the powers-that-be go about secretly building these massive arks that of course can only save a small percentage of the population. All the usual fights ensue, people get crushed, maimed, go crazy, etc. There’s the typical crescendo toward the end when someone has to risk their life to save the ark from crashing into Everest and – spoiler alert – does it with about 0.02 seconds to spare.
Happily I didn’t waste any hours of my life watching this drama/comedy as I was running at the same time. Something I haven’t been doing lately, due to my own stupidity in not allowing my calf tear to heal before increasing my mileage. In fact, my entire 2012 has been about as disastrous as the movie, because I’ve been injured for most of it.
Cue the violins…
- At the beginning of the year I battled a glute/hammy injury. I ran two half marathons and an 8K on that in February and March.
- The compensation from running with a super tight glute/hammy gave me a hip problem in the other leg. In May I ran a 10K and in June a 50K on that.
- Then, while training for JFK 50, and already behind on mileage, I tore my calf. I ran a half marathon in October while still rehabbing and retore the calf the following week.
Yes, I see the pattern. Not sure if I’m martyr, hero, or just glutton for punishment. But, as disastrous as 2012 has been, I still managed to pull out:
- 2nd place in my age group at Annapolis sprint triathlon in May.
- 2nd female overall at Infinitive sprint triathlon in June.
- 2nd in my age group at Rockville Rotary 8K in July.
- My second-fastest 10K time at USAT Age Group Nationals in Vermont in August.
Right now I’m not running and not even thinking about racing the rest of the year. My husband asked me if I was signing up for the 10K I usually run on New Year’s Eve. I told him I can’t make any plans right now…
That doesn’t mean, of course, that I can’t make plans for 2013:
- In March I hope to be able to run Shamrock Half Marathon. I’ve run one of the VA Beach Shamrock races for the last 2 years (Marathon in 2011, 8K in 2012) but haven’t run the half since 2006.
- In April I’ll run my second Boston Marathon. I’m really looking forward to going back, this time with my good friend Lisa. I have no expectations for the race; my hope is to get to the start uninjured.
- While I’ll still race some of my favorite triathlons, and I’m waiting to see where USAT Age Group Nationals are this year, I’d like to focus more on duathlons this year. My swim is the weak link of the three triathlon disciplines, so I can do better in a run-bike-run than a swim-bike-run. That, of course, requires me to be able to run well, so I’m not making any concrete plans yet. But if I can run well I think I have a shot at making Team USA for the ITU World Championships…
So while it may only be November, I have big plans for 2013. And in case they don’t work out, I can always build an ark.
Have you made plans for 2013?
How do you handle injuries? Do you try to push through them like me?
What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?