Badge of Honor

Hi Brendan,

I’m glad we finally get to head out to Kiku Yama on Friday night. I am looking forward to seeing you and having some Teppanyaki cooking. I hope your appetite is starting to come back, because we will have a lot of food to eat. I don’t know what I am going to have, maybe the Mikado Special?

I had some good training runs last week. The miles were a bit less but the pace was kicked up a notch. On Tuesday night, I ran with other DFMC runners at Tufts University for a speed work out. I tagged along with Jamie, a DFMC runner and fellow blogger. I forgot my watch (which seems to be the theme of the week) and she seemed to be running at the same pace I should be running. Thanks to Jamie, I had a great work out and got to push myself a bit versus running alone.

Thursday I decided to go the Crossroad’s training run. DFMC and other runner’s meet at Crossroad’s for a 9 mile run. We take the T to Woodland Station, near Newton-Wellesley hospital and then run the marathon route back to Boston. Once again, I left my runner’s watch at home. I thought I would feel out some runners to see who run close to the pace I wanted to run. I guess many of the faster runners head out on Thursday because I ended up running with a pair who kept me moving through the hills. I ended up running a lot faster than I planned. Actually, 10 minutes faster. After the run, I drank at least a pitcher of water and had a slice of the free pizza. I was able to meet up with another DFMC runner, triathlete, and fellow blogger, Kelly. Oh, and when she not doing all of that, she is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgery fellow at a Boston hospital!

Sunday, Nikki and I ran the Hyannis Half Marathon. Much to everyone’s surprise, I was able to remember my runner’s watch. Both of us were able to have a personal best. We ran with a negative split again. I think I started a little sooner than I wanted too. I had to manage a cramp for the last two miles. I hope to put a plan together to manage Boston; the first 17 miles, the hills and then the final 4.2 miles.

This week was a different story. My adductor injury seems to have gotten worse. For the past couple weeks, I have had sharp pains in the middle of my upper left thigh. I decided to have a sports medicine specialist look at it. They took x-rays and evaluated my leg. The doctor said it may be stress fractures, but doubts that is my problem. He is going to rule that out after a MRI next week. Most likely, he thinks it is a soft tissue injury (and I’m hoping it is too). The good news is if it’s not a stress fracture, I can keep running as long as I can deal with the pain. I have been dealing with it since last march so that’s no problem. For now, he wants me to start physical therapy. That is going to be a problem because I really don’t have any time in my busy schedule, but I guess I’ll have to find some.

Running with DFMC helps me put a reality check with runner’s injuries. They are all self-induced. We could run slower, less often and shorter distances yet still reap the healthy rewards. Most injuries are in our control to prevent. We are proud wearing our pretentious badge of honor. So, I try not to make a big deal of my (seems to be yearly) injuries.  Knowing what you have gone through over the past couple of years, I couldn’t relate. You are the real hero. You have overcome real obstacles. You modestly hide your true badge of honor. You have fought to finish your marathon.   Runners could learn a lot from you.

Can’t wait to see you Friday night!

– Patrick

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