Saturday, October 10, 2009

Damn it

No log this week- mostly because I'm upset and confused and angry and. . .well, boy I could go all night.

I didn't finish the New England Championship race today. I knew something was off when I woke up today- I've been a little sick (just sniffles, I thought- nothing to sweat). I ate a normal breakfast, drank a lot of pre-meet water, took a day off on Tuesday to ensure that I'd be fresh for the weekend. By 800 in I felt dead and by a mile and a half I grimly decided that I would FINISH no matter what. By 5k my vision was started to tunnel on me and I apparently told a teammate "I think I'm about to pass out." Things get fuzzy from there. Well, I woke up being slapped in the face by a SNHU runner (thank you, by the way- I don't remember your name). He and a teammate basically carried me out of the wilderness loop to a waiting ambulance. I'm fuzzy on what happened next but I woke up again in the ambulance with an oxygen mask and two EMTs asking me all sorts of questions.

Obviously, this is disconcerting. I'm going to see the BU doc on Wednesday. I don't really know why this happened or what's going on. I'm having memories of senior year when I passed out during a race because of a bout with pneumonia and had to go undergo this whole barrage of cardiac stress tests on a treadmill at this cardiology center. I got to sit there and listen to a bunch of doctors in lab coats discuss whether or not I should quit running altogether. I would really really prefer to not go through anything resembling that again.

Anyway, hope everyone reading this had a better weekend than I'm having. I'm going to bed.


  1. I'm a UMaine runner and I saw you lying down while I ran by (on my way to a subpar performance, wonderfully enough). You appeared conscious and one of your teammates yelled something like "Let's go, Craig!" so I didn't really know what to make of it. I guessed it might be some sort of injury.

    Anyway, just wanted to say I'm sorry to hear you had such a rough meet.

  2. Hey Craig I hope you get better and figure out what is wrong..good luck and hang in there man!

  3. Hey Buddy, It's Owen - screw anonymity. That sounds not only very unfortunate, but also quite scary. You've been having great training from what it seems. (Yes, I am one of the devoted followers of this blog.) Hopefully the BU doc has some good news for you; and you will be back out training in earnest again soon. Keep me updated. Best of luck!

  4. Considering your bouts of illness earlier this season, I'd chalk it up to the lingering effects of that and just being run down in general like most college students - eating shite food, having a shite sleep schedule, hanging around thousands of others who take even worse care of themselves than you do and are rife with communicable disease as a result, etc.
    Don't doubt the training or anything foolish like that.

    Uisce fe thalamh.
    - TAL