For anyone injured I highly recommend making a contingency plan. It feels great to take back control of the situation. It’s like telling your injury to “Piss off!” (in an awesomely nasal British accent of course). You could also say “Bugger off!” I hear they use that in the UK too.
On a side note: I watched TWO British films this weekend. Run Fatboy Run and Rockin’ Rolla. As a coincidence they both feature Thandie Newton and people who say things like “Piss off!” I highly recommend both.
On to the contingency plan. Which from here on will be dubbed The C.P. Not catchy at all, but Plan B was taken, as was Planned Parenthood, The Alan Parsons Project, The Apollo Mission, Mission to Mars, Mission Impossible, Mission Impossible II, Mission Impossible III, and Preparation H. Yes, of course those all would have been worked into a blog about running. Don’t question me.
Where was I?
Oh yeah, The C.P. Or should I say The C.P.’s? Here they are in – yep – LIST FORM!!!
1. Go to MCM. Don’t run and be an athletic supporter of the 20+ B.R.A. members who are running. (Probably choke back tears during MCM and drink a hidden flask or twelve of Baileys.)
2. Go to Chicago and cheer on the Redhead and super speedy Jess (in her quest to BQ). Booze it up around Chi-town and go to Kanye’s home to tell him to “Piss off!” (Lyrics = good, MTV VMA’s = bad)
3. If I can’t run MCM I will probably sign up for the Halloween Halfathon, should I be all healed by then. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Halloween. I am already thinking of a costume for the race, you know, just in case…
Obviously, these are great options. I think that I can swallow my tears and cheer on those running at Marine Corps or Chicago. I can also have a great time in either city. Sure, I won’t be running but I’ll be eating and drinking my way through both! Not to mention the fact that I really enjoy making signs. (My inner sorority girl loves markers.)
That being said, I am not throwing in the towel just yet. My ankle feels even better again today and I’ll keep up the aqua jogging and cross training. I also want to thank you guys for your support through this injury. It’s been tougher than I ever imagined.
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” – J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring)
I'm so sorry for the bummer injury. Hopefully everything will work out!
I think the tour of Chicago sounds pretty sweet. It's one of my fav places to visit.
And bummer about the tendonitis. But like you say – there's not a whole lot you can do about it other than rest. Better to rest and let it get better than create more damage by rushing it! My son used to be a pitcher, and would have elbow and shoulder tendonitis often. He would shut down for 4 to 6 weeks and take anti-inflamatories. But he would always come back and kick butt afterwards!
I LOVE Chicago.
Hope you are healing well. Sorry to hear about your injury…
Sounds like a great CP! Good luck with finding the perfect halloween costume. It really is the best holiday.
Great plan, I mean CP! 🙂 I love halloween too!
They all sound like great plans … love the flask remark ROFL!
Sending healing energies your way!
I love all three CPs! It sounds like you can't go wrong!
If you go to Chi-town, you'll have to let me know where you are along the route. That way, if I am behind schedule, maybe I can borrow your flask! LOL!
If you go to DC, we are soooooooooooo gonna party after that race! Or not too much for you because…
If you run Halloween, I will be there to cheer you on!
You are an inspiration to me as I watch you handle this injury with such a positive perspective.
Way to go, B.o.B.!!!!! I can't wait to read your post about how you're 100 percent better and back to clicking through the miles! Go, girl!
Love the end quote!
You know that either way I'm still rooting for you to be able to run… and if that's not the case than which ever C.P. you decide (although for my own selfish reasons I'd much rather you come to Chi-town) I stand behind you 100%.
We're going to have so much fun racing the Halfathon!!!! Yay for Halloween running! 🙂
P.S. All this brit talk is making me fantasize about Gerard… mmmm…. *drool*
LOVE YOU BOO!!!!
YES! Love the C.P. although Preparation H might have been a better name… ahahaha
You have the right attitude, girl! ~Healing vibes to you!~
Your CP sounds awesome! I run a Halloween race in costume and it's the best. Hope the ankle continues to heal!
Oh the quote and photo!!you made my day..
Ummm "athletic supporter" subtle…but I totally got your humor. You are one funny chick.. I just watched Run Fat Boy Run…I got ANXIETY watching him wearing jean shorts and flat sneakers….UGH!!
Best of luck with the CP..
Love the C.P's but still hoping for a complete miracle that you can run…..I am voodooing the injury evils and sending healing vibes your way!!
I know Red Head would love some cheering and you guys would have a blast in Chicago BUT go with your gut and pray like crazy that you get better!!!
those all sound like great options….and I love rockin rolla!
I think in the next blog you should identify your potential Halloween costumes. Remember to not make the blog too long as a picture is worth a 1,000 words.
Ha, nothing like an extra jock strap to cheer for people! I say jump into the race at MCM, after completing several flask. There's always tomorrow, Annie……
You've got some great CPs…especially the cheering and swigging Baileys. A Halloween race would be awesome too. I thought Run Fatboy Run was hilarious!
You are hilarious!! I love your alternate names for the CP Project…. how much time did you put into coming up with all those? Are you just THAT witty? You are hilarious!!
I love your CP. I think it helps mentally more than anything to know that there is a time in your future that you will run again. Can't wait to see what Halloween costumes you come up with. Have you ever tried kinesio tape? I've just discovered it and it's wonderful. You do need someone who's been trained to apply it but it works wonders.
I'm already planning to run a Halloween half next year. I don't quite feel up to it yet but should be there by next year! A running costume, that is a great idea. I love your attitude! Tell it to BUZZ OFF!
Great contingency plans. And while I totally and completely understand your disappointment – in the grand scheme of things, everything will be okay. Really. 🙂
Good CP's, but I will be sending healing vibes so you can run!
AGH! I've got my fingers crossed that your ankle continues to feel better every day!! I'm glad you're staying positive about everything though!
Also, random that you mentioned Run Fatboy Run. Someone behind me at Parks was talking about it and I remember thinking (before I heard her say it was a movie) 'dude, did that lady really say that?' ha. going on the netflix.
I loved Run Fatboy, Run! It was hilarious!
Sorry to hear about your injury! Hope it heals soon!
Love your attitude, B.O.B.!
Your C.P.s sound great to me, even though I hope they stay forever as contingency for the future…
I didn't name my CP yet. I also haven't given up on my late season 26.2 (NYC). One of my so called friends told me to just register now for Disney in January. He said I've already lost so much in race registrations so what's another $125?
I do recommend more research in the proper beverage selection while cheering. Bailey's has it's features but you don't want to chance palate fatigue. It might be good to use it as part of a warm up and cool down though. Other flasks can hold options based how the day goes from a single malt to a mellow shiraz. Would you use a fuel belt?
These are all great cp's, but I am still hoping your foot sitch will get better in time! Maybe all you need is to practice a little of the bailey's now 😉
I believe your foot will be fine soon, and Chi-Town is a great place to throw down a drink or seventeen.
As I was born in England I would like to offer "SOD OFF" as another bit-o-English-F#ck-the-Injury-Flair (trust me, it's a good one).
Just know that with all of the great marathons out there you will find something to run when you get healthy. The most important thing is not to push too hard and make things worse.
Get better THEN kick asphalt!!
All the best,
Wow. Running a Halloween Halfathon sounds like the most fun I could imagine! I wish there was something even HALF as cool as that around these parts …
I like the C.P. but I'm still hinging on a hope and prayer that it never has to come into play. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm all for boozing it up at anytime, but I'd rather your wonky little ankle get over itself and on with the show 🙂
You totally are a LOTR nerd aren't you?
I think it's really smart of you to come up with back-up plans. I hope there is no need for them . . . but should there be, I vote you come to Chicago and bring the Bailey's. I'll probably need some come mile-21 or so 😉
I love Chicago. Chicago has my vote! There's lots of eating and rowdy drinking done there. The Halloween thing sounds fun too. Would you dress up?
well hey, if you are in chicago cheering, you can join me at aid station 7 to volunteer 😉 when you can't join 'em, cheer for 'em. i started back into 'cardio' today for the first time since my injury. it felt SOOOO good. 30 minutes on the bike! tomorrow, pool jog and swim. our injuries can SUCK IT!
"Piss off" to the injury. Love it! You can totally kick its ass. It sucks to be sidelined, but it's also great to cheer on your friends/teammates and be their biggest fan.
Never thought Preparation H would be in a running post…
OH, and Run Fat Boy Run is an awesome movie!! I heart Thandie Newton and Simon Pegg. Hilariosity.
I love me some British films! you're gonna get through this with flying colors my friends!
I'm with the rest, and think that your injury should piss off.
Deferring MCM until next year closes at the end of the month – so if you don't run, maybe we can meet up at the race next year 🙂
Cheering a race you had to withdraw from is really great therapy, until the end.
you have an amazing attitude with all of this, keep it up!!! i hope the ankle is better SOON!!