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Maybe I’ll get myself together, Or fall to pieces and run back home, Get me a ticket for an aeroplane…

April 15, 2008

I spoke too soon when I said my body was holding up fine.  Physically, things went downhill starting on Friday night…  well, they probably started earlier but, they became problematic by Saturday morning when I couldn’t get out of bed properly.  It was a planned day off so I figured I would rest and hope that Sunday I could run again.  On Sunday morning I ran 30 minutes (planned to run 95 minutes) before I turned back and walked/jogged back to the car.  There was no chance of running on Monday, I couldn’t even walk properly and if I stood up straight I could only manage to bend forward about 10 degrees before my lower back was in pain.  It was pretty obvious that something back in there was not in the right place and it didn’t want to move.

And having this start up on Saturday morning was bad timing as everyone is away on the weekend.  So I made some calls and things fell into place by the following night.  Phil Wharton got me loosened up with flexibility on Sunday night, Dr. Weathersby adjusted my SI joint Monday morning and afternoon and again Tuesday morning and Geoffrey Bishop worked on me later in the day.  I’m glad the community here understands runners and I was able to get quality treatment and get in fast!  It can be difficult being away from the great medical team in Guelph that I know really well but, these guys stepped up and helped me out and I cannot thank them enough.  

I tried to see if I could run today and the warmup was fine, there was no pain in my back.  Then I got into some 200’s and my calf locked up and now I can’t run again because of the sore calf.  I suppose it will be another day or two on the bike and in the pool.  I had to try something today to see if it was worth me travelling to Los Angeles.. and it isn’t worth me going.

Mt. SAC would have been a great race because the field looks very competitive, but it was only meant to set-up Stanford.  Now I’ll just have to set-up Stanford another way.  It will work.

Changing flights is a pain.. that’s all I’ll say for now about that.  uhhgggg!

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  1. Skuj permalink
    April 16, 2008 2:47 am


    I’ve had many lower back issues, and whenever they occur, the calf gets affected. Is this the first occurrence of this kind?

  2. SLICE permalink
    April 16, 2008 10:21 am

    get better soon reider!!!

    call me when your back in town!

  3. Desy permalink
    April 18, 2008 10:36 am

    Keep with it Reid, I know this will not slow you down. Get well soon. Watch some Noree clips to make you feel better.

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