Yesterdays race: worst finish ever. Mainly because I did not finish.
Hip pain that started wendsday; apparently; was a broken femoral neck.
Lamens terms: i had broken the biggest; strongest bone in the human body. And I ran more than half the race like that.
My first 3 miles were smokin fast with a 6:40; a 7:04; and 7:05 splits. Then I started to hurt. Next mile: 7:15. Then 7:49. Then 9:50. Then 14:56. Then my worst was 18:4x.
My final .2 was sizing up to be a 22 minute mile when I threw in the towel.
That’s 8.2 miles on a broken hip. Man; adrenaline is a darn good drug.
Got a ride from a police car down to the start; where good friends helped me to the massage table (I’m originally thinking it’s a hip-flexor problem).
She rubbed and rubbed and it got no better; at which time my wife said it’s time to go to the MD. I refused at first stating I had to go to work. Lol.
I’m not much of a hardass or anything. I seriously just wanted a cortisone shot for pain and let me go.
MD immediately did X-rays; and he said it looks suspect like it could be broken; and he rushed me to the ER for an MRI. MRI confirmed it was a broken femoral neck.
They said surgery was needed RIGHT NOW.
Within 5 minutes I went from this is an unknown problem; to it’s broken; and before that could set in; found I need surgery. Now I have 3 pins in the femur holding it together.
I will be out of work for 4-6 weeks; and probably out of running commission for 6 months or better.
I guess maybe I should change the blog title from just run to just walk now; lol. They say I’ll be using a walker at first then graduating to crutches pretty soon.
I’ll keep this blog updated; tho; with process back into walking; and eventually making the transition back to running again.
Big big props and a major “thank-you” to Josh and his kind wife Iris
And a blogless (super fast masters runner) named RJ Scott.
All three helped me moving around when I couldn’t do it on my own manpower and they were all super-cool about it (not making me feel as hopeless and helpless as I actually was)
Not to mention that one lady who stopped her own race; grabbed me by my waist; and said ” I have nothing to lose. If you want to finish; I will finish with you.” and proceeded to walk to last few steps I could muster with me. I have no idea who she was. But to me; she is/was the epitome of team work and the tight knit community that is “road racers”. She was willing to give up her race to help me finish mine. That’s a real winner.
I’ll be keeping this updated; per some advice; on how I’m getting better and the plan from here on out.