(You know where I am going with this, right?)
I took my favorite huge mug out of the microwave and placed it very carefully on the stove. I was not in a rush. I started to mince some fresh ginger into the hot cup of water when it spilled all over my legs! As I quickly ripped off my pants, my skin came off with it. My five year old ran over and saw me on the floor and started to cry.
My six year old took charge of the situation. He tried to console his little brother and got me the phone. I quickly called my husband to come home from work. Then, I called my neighbor. She called 911 and was going to watch the boys as I went to the hospital. Another neighbor came over to help. At this point, I felt very blessed to have such amazing neighbors!
I can’t thank them enough for what they did for me that day. The ambulance told me that it was not a life threatening situation and I was going to be okay. The doctor informed me that I had 1st and 2nd degree burns. The past two weeks I have been going to the E.R. and wound care at Westerly Hospital and everyone has been amazing!
One of the Dr.’s and nurse that treated me were runners. They understood my frustration. I explained to them that I registered for the Cox Half Marathon and trained all winter. They were so hopeful that I might be better to be out there running today.
This past week, I went to the Omni to switch my race number from the half marathon to the 5K. This morning, I decided that it would have been nice to walk the 5k but my legs didn’t look good enough. I might cause more harm to my body. I had to check my ego and stay home.
DNS, I Did Not Start the race.
All winter, I followed Hal Higdon’s plan. It was not easy running 11 miles on the “dreadmill” because the roads were covered with ice and snow. This race would have been my finish line. Yes, pitty-party for one....that’s me! Sigh! :)
“You Get What You Get and You Don’t Get Upset!” is what Mrs. Birrell tells my son’s Kindergarten class. I hope to be back on the road extremely soon. When cleared to run, I will focus my energy for the Mystic 10K that will be held on May 31st. I’m also getting ready for a bunch of triathlons which I LOVE!
Being burned has been an extremely painful experience. Without the love and help of my husband, I don’t think I would be in such good spirits.
What I choose to do is count my blessings on this beautiful spring day May 3rd.
I’ll see you next year Cox Half Marathon 2016!