Monday I went on my last big (second of 2, 20 milers) run before Boston. I got on the road at a decent time, the weather was great (sunny, upper 40's), and I my legs felt pretty good; all was going great. Then, just after I passed the 6 mile mark, I tripped and fell. I don't even know what I tripped over; I had been putting my water bottle back in its holder, running in the dirt path next to the paved trail, and the next think I knew I was falling. I landed full out flat, like I land when I fall snowboarding (don't want to break a wrist), and hit hardest on the front of my left hip bone, with some minor bumps and scrapes on my left elbow, right palm, and right knee. I considered turning around and heading home at that point, but considering that I'd have still had to run 6 more miles and would need to do that 20 miler at some point (I'd already missed a 19 and a 20 miler when I was sick in February), I decided to shake things off, brush off the dirt, and continue running. A few miles later I stopped briefly in a park to refill my water and use the rest room. As I started running again, in addition to the pain from the bruise forming on my hip, I felt an odd pain in my chest, on the left side. I looked down and was surprised to see that there was dirt on my shirt there. It stopped hurting once I got going again, however, and assumed that I pulled a muscle a bit as I was trying to break my fall. I finished the run feeling pretty strong with an average pace of 9:20 minutes per mile.
As the week has gone on, the pain in the chest has gotten worse. My current thought is that I bruised (or maybe cracked?) a rib when I fell. It still hurts when I breath deeply, turn over in bed, and especially when I sneeze. I tried to run yesterday and managed to get in a very very slow 4 miles, but it hurt the whole time, and in trying to minimize the pain, I've knotted up my back.
I think things are a little better this morning. I'm going to try another run today and hopefully things will have loosened up. I got a packet in the mail from the Boston Athletic Association yesterday; we fly to Boston in 2 weeks. I'm sure that all will be good by then.