Sunday, November 6, 2011

2011: Not My Year

I haven't posted anything in months. 2011 has not been a good year for me. The Houston Marathon weather was a little too warm and humid for me and I ran a poor race. I was starting to put together some better training but then pulled my hamstring in April. I came back to run the Corpus Christi relay in May, but the heat and humidity of another record-breaking summer had already taken over any chance of decent running. Just as the first cooler mornings of September seemed within reach, I wrecked my car on the way home from work. I was traveling about 65 mph down Texas 36 and smashed into someone making a left turn onto the highway. My old car didn't have an air bag and I hit the steering wheel hard with my chest. It was pretty scary hearing the hospital emergency room announcing a trauma code after my triage. But the CT scans showed nothing was broken.
Nuke aside: The radiation dose from the CT scans was nearly half of my lifetime occupational radiation dose. I've been a radiation worker in nuclear power for over thirty years.
I expected the accident recovery to be similar to a marathon recovery. But after a week, I still couldn't take a deep breath and it hurt to just lie down in bed. After three to four weeks, I was finally able to start running seriously again. But a few weeks ago I tripped over an uneven concrete joint in the sidewalk near the bridge over the bayou. It was a stumbling fall, but I hit my left knee hard on the concrete. I ran a half mile home and found my left sock was soaked in blood and most of the skin was off my left kneecap. I didn't mind the wound much but the knee started hurting in the joint when I tried to run a couple days later. I don't know if I hurt the joint when my knee hit the concrete or if the stumble strained the knee. Regardless, I've had to take another couple weeks off.
I missed the 10-mile race because of the car accident, the half marathon because of the knee injury, and now the next week. I'm overweight and out of shape. My longest run this fall has been 9 miles. And the nuke plant is in a refueling outage that has been eating up every weekend. I doubt I'll be able to run the 25K, er 26.21875K.
I neglected to register early for the 2012 Houston Marathon, assuming I would have plenty of time before the veterans deadline. But that deadline was November 1. So I guess I'm already out of Houston 2012. I would like to get in decent enough shape to race the 30K in December. But who knows.


Rob said...

I had been wondering where you were. Sounds like a tough year indeed. Pretty scary about the car accident - glad you're OK. Hopefully your knee will be fine as well. Regarding Houston 2012, I heard somewhere that HARRA might open up some more slots, so you might watch for that. Hope to see you out there again soon!

Anonymous said...

Great to see you posting again. You have been missed.

And glad you are getting back on track. What a year.

Anonymous said...

hang in there man! Glad you're posting and running.

best of luck

Peter L.

Rob said...


FYI, the HARRA page says that the last 25 CHM slots are available for application until 11/27 - check it out. If you decide to do the 30k, have fun! - I will not be there.

Nuke Runner said...

Thanks all.
I applied for the marathon veterans to run as the 3:30 pacer. The last HARRA 25 seems to be limited to those who have run less than 5 Houston Marathons. I hope to hear about the pacer slot soon. If I don't get the pacer job, I'll try for the remaining HARRA 25.
I think I'll probably skip the 30K too. If I run it, I won't race it.
I've missed all of the Houston area runners. How about Dale Lee? He seems to be tearing up the over-50 group this Fall.

KG said...

here's to a better 2012

Bert said...

Sorry to hear about your knee, and the other stuff; hopefully things will look up a lot for 2012!!