notwithstanding the handful of miles after midnight at umstead on sunday, it's now been 3 days without running, and today will make 4. i spent most of sunday in bed with my leg wrapped in ice and elevated on pillows. that worked well until it was time to head to the airport for the trip home. all that travel time on my feet was a minor recovery setback. by the time we arrived home sunday night, the swelling in my leg had returned to it's original intensity.
on monday i went to the doctor. his immediate concern - since no bones were broken - was to get the swelling down. he instructed me to keep the leg elevated as much as possible. if the swelling didn't go down in a couple of days - or if my foot suddenly started to swell - he would an ultrasound to pinpoint the problem.
i didn't mind staying home on monday because it gave me a chance to go through the stack on newspapers, magazines, and mail that had piled up since friday. i also wrote up my race report, posted it - along with some photos - and enjoyed reading everyone else's reports on the race. in addition, i squeezed in a couple of non-race related posts on ratdog at the beacon, "the greatest game" book follow-up, and the william f. buckley, jr., memorial service.
even with the umstead and non-running posts, it still seemed a lot happened over the last few days. to mention just a few: the martin scorese rolling stones movie, "shine a light" opened on friday (which i'd like see), charlton heston died this weekend, and a suicide bomber killed 14 people at the start of a marathon in sri lanka. on monday the news reported that bob dylan was awarded an honorary pulitzer prize. so much news, so little time.
on tuesday, to give my leg more rest, i worked from home. the swelling had gone down noticeably, so there was no need for the ultrasound. but while not as swollen, the leg was still bruised and tender. i still harbored hopes of walking the "thomas labrecque classic" 4 miler in central park this weekend - but the better plan was to volunteer there instead. since i had to run 9 races and volunteer at 1, the switch would take care of the latter.
so on sunday morning, instead of running the race, i'll be a course marshall on the north west portion of the course (probably on west drive in the 90's). that was the easy decision. the tougher one comes next week, when i have to decide whether or not running the boston marathon is feasible.