Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hit by a careless driver

On Tue:
For the first time in all these years I've been running, I got hit by a car. She did not stop at the crosswalk and turned without looking. As I was getting hit and falling to the ground, I was thinking in my head - "What is wrong with you? Why are you not stopping? How can you do this"... Felt like slow-motion. Talk about training for the Berlin marathon being jinxed... One obstacle after the other. Really, don't know when I will be running next...

People asked me if I took down her information. As far as I am concerned that will do me no good. It would have been nice if she did not hit me but now I just need to get on with it...

Could have been much worse if the hit had been at a faster speed. Got to be thankful. When I was going to Costco over the weekend, one of the exits were cordoned off. Later I read that a Google engineer was hit by a reckless driver in an incident of road rage. The engineer had a 5 and 7 year old kid and had just celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary. He had nothing to do with the incident that provoked the road rage.

On Sun:
Yet another week where I did not get in the training I wanted to. Yet again I am thankful for what I could salvage this week: 65 miles. Reminds me of my high school motto - "Never give in!"

I wonder what lies ahead - an earthquake?? *Note to god: This comment is in jest :p

Mon - 10
It's hard to believe that the Berlin marathon is in exactly 2 months. I've just not been able to run consistently :((

Happening of the day: Day 1 of TechReady. I ended up getting interviewed on camera :-| I don't know where my footage will end up. I think I spoke coherently :p

Tue - 12 w/10*800m
5:30am in the rain. Wanted to make it to a party in the evening so this was the only option to get it in. 10 800s is a tough workout even without having to run it alone on a muddy track...

A lot of people came to the track and went but I stayed through it all...

"Till last by Philip's farm I flow
To join the brimming river,

For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles."

The Brook by Alfred Lord Tennyson
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-brook-2/

In all the years I've been running this was the first time I've ever been hit by a car. Is it too difficult to come to a complete stop at the crosswalk and then look to the right before turning??? To her credit at least she stopped on the side after she saw that she had knocked me to the ground. However, like any self-respecting roadkill I got up and continued running :p My leg has cuts but hopefully nothing is broken.
*Note to god: During the last 800 when I said I'd rather be hit by a train... I was talking figuratively... lol...

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Update: After an hour or so the pain reached excruciating levels. I have a huge pain threshold but it was pretty bad. Walking was painful. Even sitting still was painful. After trying to sleep for a couple of hours, I took a cab to the Swedish ER. 5 hours hence... X-rays showed no break. On crutches and an ace-bandage. Got a tetanus shot for the open wound...

Wed - REST
I'm amazed by the human body's ability to recover. I feel better by the hour! I am thankful for the peace of mind provided by Microsoft's health insurance plan. Not a single $ charged to me. No co-pay, no-premiums, no limits...

Thurs - REST
The good thing about this being a muscle injury vs a bone injury is that it's in my control. For a bone injury you have to layoff it - crutches et. al. For a muscle injury the more activity you get in the better - ice, ibuprofen, strengthening... It's up to you - if you really really want to recover fast you will!!

I got in a PT apt in the evening and he concurred with my views on what I needed to do to recover. He said that my knee was very swollen and inflamed. Some e-stem and ultrasound. Strengthening exercises...

So what does one do when they can't run? They go to a drag show :)

Fri - 10 !!!

Moment of the day: The mundane ability to run after having to use crutches to walk less than 48 hours back. In the words of Frank Costanza - "I'm back baby!!" :) http://www.seinfeldscripts.com/TheFatigues.html

It was a beautiful Seattle summer evening... When I was finishing up I heard someone shout out - "Subhasish". It was Bonny and Ronny :) I had not seen them since they had a kid. Nice end to the run :)

Sat - 22.2
Considering I ran 10 yesterday evening and everything else this week :p I wanted to be reasonably conservative. Of course when you are running in a group plans are just plans... So there were hills run and fast miles thrown in. On Tue if someone had told me I'd be running 22 miles on Sat I'd have told them they'd lost it.

I told our coach, Chuck about Tuesday and how I'd never though I'd be running today. His terse remark - "You're superman." :-|

Torchlight parade in the evening. I've always wanted to run the 8k before the parade starts but never got around to it. Probably never will now.

Sun - 11
Overcast and raining.

I've become super-sensitive of cars on near the crosswalk. I find myself giving the drivers cold stares. If looks could kill they'd all be dead by now :p I don't know what's up with drivers these days but I've been hearing of a spate of reckless driving incidents. I just saw one in front on my eyes last night. At the end of the torchlight parade a bus jumped a red light and almost took out a pedestrian but someone pulled her back!!

Sight of the day: The numerous colorful wildflowers by the waterfront. I've got to take a camera during a run to photograph them!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jumping over hurdles...

The week hardly went as planned and I did not get in the workouts I wanted to get in. However, considering the twisted leg, trip to Vancouver, and non-packed running clothes, I'll take what I managed to salvage - 57 miles for the week.

Mon - REST
I got some awesome running clothes from Niketown. Really splurged on them and running stuff is really expensive in Canada. However, I did need some stuff to wear for Berlin so this will be it :)

Didn't get to run in the evening. More important to spend time with sis :)

Sight of the day: The sunset across the Vancouver waterfront.

Tue - 16
I felt so guilty about not running the previous 2 days that I got up at 5:30am to get in some miles. It was a beautiful route along the Vancouver seawall.

Sight of the day: I saw 2 raccoons playing :)

Wed - 8
It was an awesome night for a run and I was really enjoying my run till I rolled my leg. It was dark and I stepped on an uneven surface. It hurt! I hobbled 2 miles before walking the rest :(( My most painful run in a long time. I think training for Berlin is just jinxed :(

Sight of the day: A bald eagle sitting on a light post on the 520 bridge watching the cars go by.

Event of the Day: Getting to watch Manchester United.

Thu and Fri - REST
After how painful Wed's run ended up being I decided against running for a couple of days. However, work and the hours after that on both days were amazing!! So my bad running karma got balanced with good work and life karma :)

Event of the Day Thu: A late night sojourn in Renton :)
Events of the Day Fri:
Taize service at St. James Cathedral.
Watching Taal on a huge outdoors screen, beneath a star-filled sky while mocking Akshaye Khanna's antics :)

Sat - 10
I am relieved, thankful and grateful that I could run today without any issues. I ran on the same route that I had to struggle through on Wed. Symbolism!

Sights of the day:
Witnessing wedding photos being taken by the Elliott Marina on a gorgeous Seattle day
A dog swimming playfully in the water to retrieve a ball being thrown for him.

Sun - 23
Ran loops around Green Lake starting at 11am. It was pretty warm - got up to 79F by the time I was done... The good thing about running around Green Lake is that a) There is a lot of shade b) There are water fountains c) You can forget about where you are running and get lost in your thoughts d) It's lively especially on a day like today.

I have absolutely no complains about the hot females in bikinis sun bathing around Green Lake. In fact I encourage them to frequent the location when I am running. However, women above a certain age should be banned from wearing bikinis in public. Yes, 70 year old lady. I'm sure you were a knockout in your times. But you really should not subject us to the agony of having to look at you in a bikini now ... end rant :p

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Wielding the sledge hammer...

I've maintained my goal weight for a few months now so I decided it was time... I've cleansed my wardrobe of/donated all my old, ill-fitting, ugly clothes... If they don't look good hanging they won't look good when worn. If they aren't there they can't be worn :p Now I better not get out of shape else I will have nothing to wear :p

Almost a perfect running week. If I had just managed to get in my run on Sunday. 60 miles for the week.

Mon - 6
Nice feel good run.

Tue - 10 w/8*800
This was my first track workout in a while. It was very encouraging... As Kassy put it - "Just think about what your times were when you started training with us last winter and what they are today" :)
Splits: 2:58, 2:58, 2:58, 2:59, 2:59, 3:00, 2:59, 3:03

Wed - 10
I hardly got any sleep last night but once I started running it was all good :) It was a sunny evening when I started... Suddenly out of nowhere it started pouring. A couple of biker passing summed it up best - "Welcome back to Seattle!". It was nice and warm rain so felt nice!

Thu - 6
I was scheduled to do hill repeats but I figured I'd rather do them in light and I was still kind of sore from Tuesday's track workout...

Sight of the day: An amazing sky at 9:30pm...

Fri - 8
I had stuff to do in the evening to it gave me extra motivation to get in my workout in the morning. I got up at 5:30am and headed to work. I got in my hill repeats on a hill I used to run on 2-3 years back. I could sweat that hill seems to have grown since I last ran on it :p However as the old saying goes - "All is fair in love and hill repeats" :)

The building 34 receptionist's reaction when she saw my running T - "Holy batman that is bright". My response - "I just want to make sure I don't get hit by anything :p"

Got to use our dear building 34 locker room and towel service. That towel service that everyone fought to get reinstated :)

Sight of the day: As I ran down from the crest of the hill, I could see the Cascades peaking amidst the evergreen trees. I wish I could take a pic. No camera so mental snap :)

Event of the day: Owl City. Something about this band that makes me feel nostalgic. I wonder if years down the road this concert will stand out in a memory of firsts. Time will tell...

Sat - 20
In the rain. Wet, muddy and a mess at the end but with a 20 miler in the books.

Dan came in for a run after a long time so got to catchup on his adventures. We had a nice running group going.

Moment of the day: Getting to have lychees after the long run. Thanks to the giver of the lychees :)

Sun - REST
I am in Vancouver to meet up with my sis and fam. Of course I had intended to run but left my running clothes at home :((( I guess it might be a blessing in disguise. Maybe I could have done with a rest day this week and now I'll get to buy some new running clothes tomorrow from Niketown :)

Moment of the day: Green green evergreens...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Getting back to it...

It's amazing how difficult getting back into the groove can be after just 5 days off from running. Ended up with 35 miles for the week.

Mon - REST
The sight of a day was a blue heron taking off in flight at the Bellingrath gardens. Majestic!!

Tue - REST
I opened my eyes to an announcement from the pilot to look outside and enjoy the beauty of the Tetons. I spent the rest of the flight mesmerized by the beauty below!

Wed - 6
Finally woke up early (at 5am) and headed out for a run by 6am. A very different look compared to my evening runs. Folks doing Yoga... Energetic feel.

I got to see Tabu, one of the most talented Indian actresses around, in the evening...

Thur - 6
The smell of fresh rain

Fri - 6
Could not have a better summer morning to run!!

Sat 17
A solid long run at 7:55 pace.

I was talking about the hot tea served at the Berlin marathon. Funny how both me and the new girl from Purdue remembered the Seinfeld "hot coffee" episode immediately.

As the new guy referred to "his boyfriend", Larry exclaimed "Hey you're gay!". Awkward moment but everything was normal there after :)

Sun - REST
I went out to run but just didn't feel like it. I had eaten too much in the afternoon and the food was not digested so no running :p

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Sweet home Alabama...

Sweet home Alabama - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLQrbo_i2Zw

An extreme cutback week with just 2 runs and onlly 16 miles.

Mon - REST
After literally crashing for 10 hours last night I'm feeling alive again. My energy meter was at zero - I didn't even have the energy to take my wallet out before collapsing on my bed...

I was pretty sore after yesterday so I decided to skip my run.

Cool Fact:
In a Men's health magazine study, Seattle was rated as the most physically active city in the US!! That's why I love living here :))

http://www.menshealth.com/health/most-active-cities

Tue - REST
I really did intend to run but I came home, sat on my couch... The next time I open my eyes it was 1:09am :p

Wed - 10
Not a bad day for a run after salsa class...

Thurs - 6
My first hip-hop class... I wasn't the oldest person in the class but I was the only person of color :) Hey, you're got to try everything atleast once in your life time!

I crashed the Office365 ship party in the MSFT soccer fields. More ice-cream fridges, fresh roasted corn and food :)

Fri/Sat/Sun
Decided against running in the heat of Alabama. I got to partake in my friend's special days in Birmingham, Alabama :) Great fun and memories!!




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