Beer and Chili Run–Injured

by Joanne on February 5, 2011

Here I sit,

broken hearted,

paid my fee,

and never started.


I was looking forward to this race.  It offers a challenging hill and I was all set on beating my time from last year.  I was ready, until this morning.

Taking a step back:  Thursday night, Ted and I went swimming. I only did 4 laps then put the belt on and spent another 45 minutes pool running.  I didn’t think much of it until we got home and body parts started to get sore.  It was the pool running that put my hamstring over the edge. Too much resistance.

Friday morning, got up to go for an hour long easy run with Shane but it was 0 degrees, too cold. Plus, when we started out, my hamstring was sore.  Why push it? We ran a slow 2.3 miles then came home, got back into bed and called it a day.

At some point Friday night, I woke up and my entire right leg was numb.  This happened twice during the night.  Saturday morning, I lay in bed trying to stretch everything out, loosen up and basically warm up under the covers.  This method is not recommended. It really doesn’t do much to warm you up, only reinforces the fact that you don’t want to get out of bed.

When my feet finally touched the floor, the hamstring went OUCH!   STILL, I was going to a warm up with Shane in hopes it wouldn’t feel bad when I started running.  We made it .6 miles.  No BEER and No CHILI Run for me today.  Sad smile

Reasons for not running: The hill would have taxed my muscles more than they could handle AND the Myrtle Beach half marathon is more important to me.  I didn’t want to risk messing that race up since it’s in 2 weeks.  I deserve no cotton candy today!




The warm-up:

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And they’re ready:


The course was going to be scenic but cold


They’re OFF!   Ted’s already handing me his top jacket. They JUST STARTED!


Teddy comes in at 26:10 for the 5K


Here comes Ted…  What’s with the face?…tongue?


Ted’s time was 28:50 for the 5K. Great job!

Our sweaty team of runners


A good day had by all  runners.  As for the injured, it was fun to watch but OH I WAS ACHING TO RACE .  That’s ok. Next time, right?

The winner of the 10K? Our very own Mr. Richard Cohen of course!

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  • At 2011.02.05 15:10, the dawn said:

    i know that its super hard to sit out on a race…but you did the right thing. you did the best thing. there will be more races! keep your eyes on the prize 🙂

    • At 2011.02.05 17:03, Lori said:

      Oh Joanne – I am so sorry about your leg! Have you checked to see if there might be some lumbar spine issues along with the hammie? With the numbness down the leg, it seems suspicious for sciatica.

      • At 2011.02.06 10:01, Joanne said:

        It’s definitely better to rest and recover than to tax an injury even more. I hope you feel better soon!

        • At 2011.02.06 10:07, Kristen said:

          So sorry to hear that you didn’t get to run, but I agree with the other Joanne that it is better to rest than to do a great injury. Hope that you are feeling better.

          • At 2011.02.06 21:57, Bri said:

            Sorry to hear about your injury! I hope you’re doing much much better for your half marathon. My hubby is training for a half marathon currently, so I can understand how you must feel!

            • At 2011.02.07 10:27, lindsay said:

              sorry to hear about your hammy! hope it’s feeling better by now… will this be your first time running mb? (that was my first marathon!)

              • At 2011.02.07 12:41, Heather said:

                Glad you listened to your body and didn’t race! I know how hard that is to do…..

                Congrats to Ted – way to go!

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