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The Curse of Springtime Strikes Again

Posted in Running by Michael LaBossiere on March 26, 2009

While I know better than to be superstitious, I somehow believe in the curse of Springtime. Here is the tale of the curse.

One of the premiere races of Tallahassee is the Springtime 10K. It is part of the larger Springtime Tallahassee events (or rather, the events are part of the 10K-we runners think we run the world). Every year I have had something bad happen right before or during the race. Some examples: one year I had a horrible sinus infection. Another year I pulled a muscle. First time. Ever. Yet another year I was kicking the kickstand of my Yamaha, slipped and fell-thus injuring my back.

So, what dire curse befell me this year? The worst ever. My skylight started leaking, so I (stupidly) went up to fix it. When I was coming down, the ladder just shot out from under me. I landed badly and did horrible things to my left knee. Weirdly, I took the main impact on my right leg-which was just fine. Of course, my left knee has been injured several times (including a few pre-Springtime injuries).

Fortunately, the X-rays (first time getting non-dental X-rays in my life) showed nothing broken. My knee is swollen up and the doctor prescribed some nifty pain killers. I did get the prescription filled, but will most likely do what I always do with pain meds-let it sit in the cabinet until it expires. Why do I even bother getting them filled? Well, I figure that if my pain tolerance should suddenly be overcome (normally it is set at “death”, but perhaps something less than death can break it) I’d want some drugs on hand…so I can run through the pain.

I really shouldn’t try running for a while, let alone racing. But, I am crazy as hell in regards to running.  But, I’m a bit less crazy than I used to be-so if my knee isn’t working Saturday, I won’t be racing. That would make me…sad.

Now some philosophy: yeah, there really is no curse of Springtime. I just do stupid stuff and it really sticks out in my mind when I have a big race.  I have bad stuff happen at other times, but don’t attribute it to any curse.

But, it makes for a good story. Weirdly, it gets better each year-something bad always happens right before Springtime. Now, let me add a bit more-it almost always happens on a Thursday. Spooky stuff.

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  1. monkeywithpants said, on March 27, 2009 at 7:01 am

    You know what they do to another type of running animal when it injures its leg…..I’ll be over later to “help” you with that knee. :)

    A Farside cartoon comes to mind about a horse hospital where all the doctors are walking around with shotguns and charts. Good times, good times.

  2. magus71 said, on March 28, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Sorry to hear about the knee injury. I’d consider suing the incompetant company that can’t seem to fix that sky light.

    Just be aware that the X-Ray is the standard issue for all injuries. It won’t tell you if soft-tissue is damaged, such as cartilage or ligaments. Those are the things that get injured the most often when it comes to knees.

    Hopefully your doctor takes care to follow up with some simple tests to see if there’s any ligament damage. Don’t worry though; it’s proably nothing a couple of surgical screws and staples plus a cadaver ligament won’t fix. :)

  3. kernunos said, on March 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Nice, dead person ligament. I can just imagine a bad C movie where the spirit of the person who had the ligament was still in it, except, they sucked at running. The movie shows you running in circles a lot.


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