I didn’t run at all this week. In fact, I barely exercised this week. The reason is because, wait for it, I have a freaking kidney stone. The medical issue I vaguely referred to last week turned out to be a kidney stone. Jess and I went to visit my folks in SC for Thanksgiving. On Thursday morning, I started feeling some pain in my lower left back. That pain continued and got worse over the day. I was able to tough it through Thanksgiving dinner, but by the evening and the next day, I was feeling pretty bad. On Friday afternoon my family took me to the urgent care, where I hung out for a few hours before having a CT scan that revealed a 6mm stone. Now I’m just waiting with eager anticipation for it to pass!
Needless to say, this cramps my run plans. After I’m better, I’m going to have to spend some time building up my base miles. No big deal though, I was expecting to hit some ups and downs during this journey, so I’m not terribly bummed. I’ll resume once I’m back to 100%.
TWIR (THIS WEEK IN RUNNING)
I learned a lot this week about kidney stones. I tend to obsess about things once they have a specific impact in my life. So I spent the several days googling everything under the sun about kidney stones–how they are made, what causes them, why they are so painful, and how to pass them. It’s going to make for some killer bar conversations, that’s for sure.
The other big event this week–the Michigan-Ohio State game. I’m still too upset to talk about it. I hate whining after a game, but man, that was highway robbery. Michigan was clearly the better team, and had any one of about 6-7 plays been officiated correctly or consistently, Michigan wins it. I still think that Michigan stopped JT Barrett on that infamous fourth and 1, a play that’s going to go down as one of the most important in the history of the rivalry. I’m still super pissed. But that anger has been diminished by the terrible stabbing incident on Ohio State’s campus today. Puts things in perspective for sure.