Monday, June 8, 2009

These Burning Legs

The hip pain is gone, but don't worry. I have a new sore spot to take its place. After completing a successful first week of marathon training with an easy four-miler on Saturday and an eight-mile long run on Sunday, I basked in a rare sunny day in Northeast Ohio.

I basked a little too long.

My legs up in recovery repose on a chair outside, I read the Sunday newspaper while the sun reddened my shins and feet. My arms were decently tanned and didn't suffer much, but my lower half has only been exposed to the sun on the run. Clearly, my legs have been too fast to be caught by any ultra-violet rays.

Stark white is now pink and shiny with aloe.

No worries here though. I have three days of recovery, rest and ease before returning to the Circle of Doom in search of further aches and pains. Suffering is such sweet serenity.

Just don't touch my legs.

12 comments:

Roisin said...

I feel your pain. There's no nice "tan" stage for me ever. Just red and burned.

Vanilla said...

With the hip pain gone, I suspect you did this on purpose so as to have something to complain about.

Xenia said...

I can only hope that mosquitos keep landing on your legs over the next few days so you repeatedly slap your burn and cause yourself more pain.

BrianFlash said...

I sunburned the top of my feet on Saturday while wearing Jesus sandals and then banged out a PR 5K on Sunday.

Sometimes you just have to man up.

Jess said...

How come men seem to believe that sunscreen is voodoo? If it weren't for me, I'm certain my husband would have melanoma by now.

X-Country2 said...

I hate that first burn of the season. Keep up with the aloe. That stuff is the nectur of the gods.

tfh said...

Ah, those are the best Sundays. Next time, though, I advise wearing a pair of recovery socks over your shins. Your neighbors may smirk, but your calves remain pasty.

nwgdc said...

What is this "sun" you speak of?

I'd do anything for a single UV ray at the moment.

S said...

I have only two colors: pale white or sunburned red so I definitely feel your pain. I was outside for 5 minutes over the weekend and managed to get sunburned. It's pathetic.

Blyfinn said...

Hope the Aloe works. I would hate for you to miss out on the track workout.

Ted said...

I am surprised that there is no "white" circles on your legs. You didn't have some cans of beer sitting on your leg while tanning?

Vava said...

Make sure to keep those legs moist with butter. But don't let anyone dump oregano and parmesan cheese on there afterwards for fear of getting eaten by Newman...