Sunday, November 08, 2009

Why did the Wombat cross the road?

I'll give you one possible answer to the title question of this post, but feel free to come up with something more humorous. Answer: I crossed the road to exorcise the chicken.

A bit of unintended drama this week. I should have listened to my mother when she told me to thoroughly chew my food before swallowing! On Wednesday evening I ran with friends around the Wetlands — somehow managing to miss out on some interesting conversations by running behind Chris and Andy but ahead of Jen and Ruth. I'm always missing out! On the way home I bought take-out roast chicken for dinner. I took a phone call during dinner, then was rushing to finish eating before bedtime. Long story short... I ended up in casualty at Canberra Hospital early Thursday morning — admitted for an operation that evening to remove the evil piece of chicken from my throat. All good now after being collected from hospital by Joy (my mate Mal's wife) on Friday afternoon.

Three days off running have left me feeling unfit. How can that be?! I ran a Pete Magill drills session this morning and finished with a trial run of three repeats up a 60 second hill (as recommended by Kathy in my last post). My legs felt good during the drills and semi-good for the hills, but the heart-rate was quite high for the whole session. I'll wait until Thursday before deciding whether or not to race the 10,000 metres.

Kathy's hillA good hill near home for 60-second hill repeats


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about the close encounter with the chicken Ewen. That must have been a horrible experience. Glad you are on the mend though.
We miss you at Calwell.
You're right - you should have lisened to your mother , chew your food !

5:37 pm  
Blogger Superflake said...

Hope you are feeling alright Ewen? I choked on a chicken about 25 years ago and a lady at the restauraunt I was at ran around and belted me between the shoulder blades to release it. No hospital like yours though.

6:11 pm  
Blogger Scott Brown said...

Unlike "Superflake" I used to "choke the chicken" a lot when I was a young fella but have eased off thesesdays.

Seriously though Ewen That could of been worse. I hope you are OK!!

Just goes to show you we are here by the grace of...

7:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ewen,

I am sorry to hear you had the problem with the chicken. Ewen, did you ring the ambulance? How did you get to the hospital?

Take care

8:01 pm  
Blogger Jog Blog said...

OMG! Ewen, your choking story is not funny. People make light of such occurences and yet when something is caught in your throat and you can't breathe, swallow or talk it is terrifying. Take your time to regain your confidence with eating etc. You have to be able to breathe and eat normally and confidently before you can make other demands on your cardiovascular system such as running hard.

9:11 pm  
Blogger jojo said...

okay okay, you're the new drama queen..LOL and im not making light, i AM glad you are okay!
you would normally feel refreshed, although, you have to remember your body had a trauma and is trying to recover
take care

9:17 pm  
Blogger Superflake said...

Bondi Lifesaver is the same couse Ewen. They have been starting at Vaucluse since 2004 at least. Maybe a problem with parking made them move the start.

9:35 pm  
Blogger Grellan said...

I think our trips to casualty this week is a subtle message to take things a bit easier. Less haste and more speed.

Swalling a chicken whole before bedtime is a receipt for disaster - unless your a python.

10:11 pm  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

ouch, not fun, all the best with getting back on track, the hill looks like a pretty good one to train on!

1:34 am  
Blogger Girl In Motion said...

OMG, you poor thing! What a scary situation, soooo glad you're ok. Screw imagined fitness loss, potential life loss would be far more irritating. You'd have been better off eating Wombat, their bones seem much bigger (and cuter).

3:11 am  
Anonymous Julie said...

Well, that's so horrible that I'll even refrain from making masturbation jokes. I nearly choked wolfing down cold Chinese food a few years ago -- some deal, rushed gluttony to blame. I'll never do that again.

It's good to note HR, but don't make decisions based on what it's doing on a single day. Some days, you're just "off."

Don't worry about three days off. What feels like lack of fitness is just the staleness that settles in from not running.

5:24 am  
OpenID canute1 said...

I am glad to hear that all ended well despite the unpleasant experience. Your body probably needs few days to get over the stress (and the anesthetic)

6:37 am  
Anonymous Louise said...

OMG! You're supposed to rip the legs off before trying to swallow it whole.

Glad you're okay.

7:54 am  
Blogger strewth said...

And the moral of the story is - buy boneless chicken. Have your meal prepared so it's ready to eat after your run and don't gulp your food! Also, in future run beside me so I can check out potential nurses/heiresses to keep an eye on you! Now, take it easy, recover well and run gently - no racing for a while I should imagine. Your health is more important than PB's and we missed you!

9:10 am  
Blogger IHateToast said...

easier ways to meet young nurses, spewen.

9:24 am  
Blogger Ewen said...

Kathy, in future, whenever I see Anne or James I'll tell them they must listen to their mother! I'll be at Calwell tomorrow, and more regularly over summer.
Flake, thanks, yes I'm fine now. Also, one thing I miss about Sydney are those Sunday long runs.
Scott, with all those 190k weeks you wouldn't have the energy these days ;) Stick to thrashing the elite women.
Kelley, I didn't want to be a drama queen so I drove to hospital. In hindsight a bit silly I guess.
Jog, thanks. It wasn't funny at the time! I could breathe and talk though - just couldn't swallow.
Jojo, thanks. My goal is to beat you in the drama queen stakes as well as the 1500 ;)
Grellan, we were probably in casualty at the same time!
Jonathon, yes it's just about the perfect hill - there's lots of choice around here.
Flo, life loss would be irritating as I think some PBs weren't far off. Wombats are cute, but tough - not good eating!
Julie, you were lucky. A good lesson - as was the movie Se7en, which I'll now think about at every meal! You could be right about staleness - I'll see how the next few days go.
Canute, you're right about the anesthetic - I was still sleepy on Saturday.
Louise, thanks. Next time I'll just eat the stuffing.
Strewth, a good moral. I'll do what you say.
IHateToast, you could be right. I might become a wardsman.

3:28 pm  
Blogger Thomas said...

You might be ok, but I bet the chicken is no so lucky. Better start listening to your mum.

10:29 pm  
Blogger Sling Runner said...

Heard than chicken bone is a source of collagen which can improve your skin texture and fight aging :)

12:47 am  
Blogger Luckylegs said...

This is not funny, MW! You could have choked to death waiting all night, unable to swallow, before getting to a hospital.

If the worst had happened, to whom would I then turn for help with my running!!

7:36 pm  
Blogger Ewen said...

I've started listening Thomas!

Sling, I'm not worried about aging, but if it improves my skin texture...

Luckylegs, if the worst had happened it wouldn't be so bad - you could look to Speedygeoff or Strewth for help with your running - not that it needs any help these days :)

9:25 pm  
Blogger speedygeoff said...

I'm not as sprightly as I used to be - I might be approaching LL for advice, not the other way round.

10:37 pm  
Blogger strewth said...

I agree with speedygeoff - me too! It was really good to see you 'back on track' tonight! :)

10:17 pm  
Blogger bill carter said...

HI Ewen

Just getting caught up with you after a self imposed blogcation. Having to work so much really makes it hard to find time for the things I enjoy.

As always, I learn something new when I come to your blog. I hadn't really thought too much about stride length, but you've got me thinking that all these high mileage weeks this summer might have done more harm than good. I actually had 3 weeks of
130k+ and my legs had nothing the rest of the summer and into the fall racing season. For next year I know I will cut back sooner and also try to incorporate more speedwork (quality).

Take care Ewen and thanks for all the good info.

12:31 am  
Anonymous Em said...

Ouch you still bugger!

Glad you are OK, would have been scary.

3:11 pm  
Blogger Andrew said...

I'm going to incorporate a chicken in one of my next jokes for Mike.

5:46 am  

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