So I'm suffering through my first marathon-related injury. My shin has been bothering me for a couple of weeks now and after our three mile "Taste of the Marathon" run on Monday night, it's been really really nagging me. Like every step I take until I get in a "rhythm" nagging me. I can't even describe the thoughts that are running through my head and the mega frustration that I'm feeling. I refuse to go to a doctor because I am going to run this race! I don't care if I have to drag my right leg behind me like an idiot across the finish line because it's happening. I'm running a marathon and I cannot be stopped. My mind is stronger than any pain that I'm feeling and I still believe that it's related to my IT band because it really doesn't hurt as bad when I'm in a good running rhythm.
Enough about that... so Adam decides that I probably just need to ice it. He's the king of icing anything down from his days playing soccer obsessively. And when I say he's the king, I'm not playin'... the guy is maybe the only person on earth that actually LIKES ICE BATHS! What?!?!
So Monday after the run, we iced it, no problems. I should use this opportunity to mention that he uses this giant blue frozen ice pack thingy and we already had one leak in the freezer this year. Last night, we decide to ice it again only with two packs, one on each side. The exact same pack that I used on Monday night, we just switch sides and put it on my calf muscle where I'm having a little tightness. As soon as he put it on, I start complaining. It was hurting so bad!! Burning is probably a more correct word. Literally burning. I keep whining about this and Adam basically tells me to quit being so wimpy and to get over my deep angry hatred over being iced down. Fast forward to 20 minutes later and we pull off the ace bandage and ice packs to reveal this:
mmmmm.... yummy. BURN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As you can see below, the burn (not sure if it's a frostbite burn or a chemical burn.... nice) runs the entire length of my calf. It's pretty anti-comfortable. I'm probably not going to be able to shave for awhile. GGGGRRRRRRROOOOOOOSSSS! Is it Sunday, the 11th yet? I am ready to run this race and quit with the training and injuries, mkay?