It’s been taking me forever to come up with my first blog entry for this year after the crush of post-holiday activities while trying to finish the Millennium series of books. But the main reason has to be an injury (temporary, hopefully) on my right hip area where the femur attaches to the sacrum. I sustained it while doing the Fat Ass 2011 at Clark Field in Pampanga last January 8 from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. The route was a simple 2.2 km shaded by giant acacia trees on a relatively flat asphalt trail, save for some bumps.
There was no pressure, the atmosphere was very friendly plus one can easily use the bathroom/shower and replenish one’s food/drinks after every loop. But we, along with Dave & Lito, were there to rack up some miles for the coming Bataan Death March 102 in March. So run and walk we did. Not an easy task when some friends (mostly the 24 hour runners of Team Boring) were relaxing and sleeping in our little station while we were sweating it out. Anyway, somewhere along the 40-km point, I felt some mild discomfort on the right hip area. I figured it was the same mild pain I was feeling on the knees which usually disappears after a day.
While I have resigned to just finishing up to the 50 km point (23 turns), my partner Dave had other plans – do 30 turns. And of course, he had to take me along into this. So 2 minutes before 6:30 pm, we crossed the finish line after 30 rounds (Dave had 31 while Lito did 35!).
A day after, the pain was still there and I had difficulty walking so I only did short runs at the Marikina oval and a little swimming (splash!) at our condominium pool.
The next weekend, we participated (again with Dave and Lito + Wap & Carlitos) at the BDM 102 practice run. From Mariveles, we ran a total of 50 kms up to Abucay, Bataan from 10:30 pm to 5:45 am the next day. It’s the first time we’ve run overnight. The weather was cool, the winds were mild and except for the 7-km initial zigzag climb at Mariveles, the path was relatively easy and mildly rolling.
It was also a sort of homecoming for me since my dad hails from Abucay, our summer destination when we were younger.
Memorable moments included running in total darkness (thus all those reflectors & LED headlights), getting chased by female & gay performers and being harassed by drunkards. Unfortunately, the hip pain started making its presence felt to spoil my practice run at the 30th km. A mild burning pain on both soles would join in to make the exercise an ordeal. By early morning when we reached the Abucay finish line, the pain all over have accumulated that I only wanted to sleep and give my legs and feet a needed rest.
A feeling of depression would hover since this is the first time I’ve experienced a major injury, barely 2 months into the longest run of my life. For the first time I started doing my leg stretchings seriously and regularly. I also hooked up with Coach Titus Salazar upon the recommendations of Lito & Michelle Estuar. At the ULTRA last week, he added more leg exercises and gave me the massage on the affected area. The pressure and pain was so excruciating that I was screaming to death while the other pro runners watched snickering. Most of them have in fact experienced the same ordeal from coach Titus.
What do you know, a few days later I was feeling a great improvement with the aid of some anti-inflammatories and joint healing (glucosamine) meds. Just 2 nights ago, Dave & I did the long practice run for 5 hours under the beating night rains. Before 12 midnight, we finished the run and I knew I had to treat Dave for a burger. I hardly felt any pain on the hip area and was feeling stronger after.
I’ve been doing the leg exercises and stretching every morning and will be in constant contact with coach up to March when the BDM 102 happens. I think I’m going to survive this one…