Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Ruined Plans

In the recent months, I’m been able to realize that I’ve gone through my fair share of ruined plans. This topic is my set of ruined athletic plans. My running has not gone through its best stages in roughly four months, or since the end of my last track and field season. I’ve gone from about running 35 miles a week, to about 2 miles a week. If I was currently an athlete, that’d be atrocious. Well, even when I’m not an athlete, that’s still disgusting.

I’ve gone through a shin injury for about 4 months. I guess it’s my fault, really. I never really took enough rest in order for it to heal properly. After seeing my doctor and firmly stating that I don’t have a stress fracture, I probably have an overuse injury. My doctor quoted “It could take up to six months to about three years for it to fully heal”. Please, two weeks is unbearable for me, and now I’m being told I could have to wait up to three years to be fully healed?

After hearing that, I knew my plans were ruined. You see, I planned on running the 115th Boston Marathon in 2011, and at the rate my injury is healing, it seems very unlikely. I mean, the pain is going away steadily with the correct treatment I’ve been applying, but the time it’ll take to get my body back into shape and then into training will be way past the marathon date itself.

Then I was thinking about 2011 Dartmouth Relays to run the mile unattached, but now I’m not too sure. It’s in January and I’m still not in shape to do anything yet, so it’s back to sticking to the rehab. It’s a long process, and it’s truly unbearable to not be able to run like I used to. I watch all the athletes training in college and I wish I could be running with them and feeling their pain. That’s my true obsession.

Hey, maybe 2012 will have better luck for me. You never know. Until then, I’m stuck in the sidelines, making my knowledge more useful than my legs.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

What Are You Deaf? Turn that Music Down!

Seriously, the music is too damn loud. When people are in their dorm rooms, why do some feel the need to turn the volume up on their stereo? You’re in a confined space, so why not put your music on a volume that you can hear comfortably rather than a concert hall? You’re probably not deaf, but you’re doing to be if you keep turning your music up. It’s such a bother at times. Some days you’ll hear a really good tune that is ok to bear while doing your homework. Then there’s just some horrible playlist of songs that you just refuse to listen to. So why is the volume up, really?

I hope it’s not because you want to be obnoxious or anything. Even if you’re not trying to be, you are. If you’re partying hard with a bunch of friends busting out some music, then that’s cool. If you’re alone in your room and decide to just turn up the volume for no reason, then you got to chill with that. People take power naps, sleep early, or study for tests and stuff. Sure, that’s what “quiet hours” are for. Except if you want to be a jerk and blast music during quiet hours any way, then there’s a problem. You might as well just lose your hearing in the process or something. Keep it down.