In the spirit of having a sense of humor about things, the Brooklyn Half marathon can be summarized as a Shit Show.
The upside is that I didn’t end up running an extra 4 miles up hill this year. So that was good.
The weather was a vast improvement, so that was good, too.
But despite my best efforts to thwart the pain in my left knee, I was thwarted by shoddy KT Tape. I brought a new pack I got for Christmas home with me and put it on the night before the race. I applied it how I usually do, after I got washed that day and I made sure my skin my nice and dry. And it wouldn’t stick. When I woke up the next morning, it had all peeled off so I applied some more in the car.
That peeled off by the time we got to Brooklyn.
I put on another set of tape in my corral. That was gone before I even hit mile marker #1.
Twitter is, if nothing else, a really great platform for complaining to companies about their shoddy products and I was not happy with KT Tape at all. This had never happened to me, and honestly this has been the only thing that’s been keeping the pain at a manageable level.
By mile 3, my knee was killing me. By mile 6 I was noticeably slowing down. By mile 12 I couldn’t run because my modified gate had created problems with my right ankle and hip.
Brooklyn was basically the rotted cherry on top of a terrible season. Limping away from the Brooklyn Half, I knew rationally I couldn’t run the Superhero the next day and upon watching me attempt to walk down the stairs Sunday morning my mom refused to give me a ride to the race and a large fight ensued, and ended with me missing the race.
I guess this is something of a turning point now in my running life. I don’t know how to go forward, and I don’t want to keep going for runs that end up just being painful and/or spending the whole time being afraid of the unavoidable pain that’s going to come. So I don’t know, this might be it for running for awhile. I might just defer Chicago and New York and possibly even Dopey.
That’s kind of how I’m feeling right now. Maybe my attitude will change when I can walk down a step like a normal human being again.