Monday, April 04, 2011

A bump on the track

I'd planned to race the 5k this Saturday at the Canberra Running Festival weekend (there's a supporting marathon race on the Sunday). This afternoon I had a skin cancer cut from my right calf and the doc said "I don't want you to run for ten days." There are only eight stitches in the wound but I should heed his advice. Bugger! There are plenty of 5k races on the calendar so I'm not fretting. I could be a marathoner who's almost torn her hamstring off the bone or a runner who's missed a lil' ol' cross country race due to a stress fracture.

The hazards of living at a high-ish altitude in the country's sunniest capital city. That's one of the reasons I prefer running at dusk — no need to lather litres of sunscreen all over my ranga-esque body. On Sunday morning I watched almost a thousand females race through the parks down by the lake. The Youtube video is here. The frame below shows how much "air" the two leaders are getting. But not as much as me! I reckon the other photo is proof of a new air-time PB. What do you reckon?

Air time at the WAG 5k fun runAndrea and Sarah leading the Women and Girls' 5k

A PB! (perfectly timed photo from John Kennedy)I beat them for air-time on the green grass of Stromlo


Blogger Luckylegs said...

Yes, for goodness sake, heed the doc's advice! Do as he says. Eight stitches is a lot of stitches!

Good health is too precious to run risks with and there are plenty of races for you to run in the future.

7:29 pm  
Blogger Luckylegs said...

Forgot the 'air-photo'! Looks like you might have batrachian ancestors!

7:45 pm  
Blogger strewth said...

Disappointing news but at least you're rid of it now and as you say there are plenty more 5k races on the calendar. Use all your spare time in the next 10 days to finish that book you're supposed to be lending me! I love that photo - you should enter the high jump or at least the hurdles on the track next season. You may set a record!

8:11 pm  
Blogger Jog Blog said...

You certainly don't want to tear open 8 stitches - ouch! Take the conservative option and have some very legitimate time off now.

8:23 pm  
Blogger speedygeoff said...

I am sure you can find ten days sometime this year when you don't have a run?

8:24 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

Ewen. Hope the skin cancer was just a passing fad! Love the shot of you getting air - I think Toyota could use you for a car ad!

9:49 pm  
Blogger Grellan said...

Great air-time shot Ewen. Was there any air-brushing involved? Stromlo looks like a great running track.

As you say 10 days well worht the recovery. Have you completed any MAF evaluations to see how you're progressing?

10:18 pm  
Blogger Andrew(ajh) said...

I want to see the video f how you got that high off the ground!

Hope the wound heals quickly.

10:39 pm  
Blogger Robert James Reese said...

Glad you got the skin cancer taken care of. That's nothing to mess around with. Enjoy the forced rest as much as you can! It's guilt free.

10:50 pm  
Blogger Thomas said...

Well, at least you got one great photo out of that!

Jeez, skin cancer is scary, especially down there at your place. Take good care!

11:04 pm  
Blogger Girl In Motion said...

Yikes, glad you got that removed! Glad you even got it diagnosed, seems like the calf would be an area that could easily miss. I always think of skin cancer happening closer to the top of your body since it's closer to the sun...guess I was way wrong!

LOVE that airborne photo.

12:49 am  
Blogger Bill Carter said...

Hi Ewen

That is scary stuff! Even here in frigid, northern Michigan we still see a ton of skin cancer. I actually see it in the form of different types of lid tumors.

Take care my friend and there will be no shortage of races in your future. As always, thanks for stopping by my blog and being so supportive. You are not only an excellent, humble runner, but a true running gentleman.


2:25 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeesh, skin cancer on your calf?! Good catch by the doc who found that (or did you find it?) I almost never bother with sunscreen on my legs - guess I should.

And goodness, yes, be smart and don't go ripping out any stitches with a non-crucial run. There will be plenty of other races.

4:35 am  
Blogger Ewen said...

LLs, I will listen to him *this* time. And don't you go making fun of my ancestors!

Strewth, I always slow down at the end of good books - don't want them to end. A Fairytale of New York is a good book.

Jog, thanks. I'll use the time off to clean the house ;)

Geoff, you did last year, so I can too!

Paul, Ha! I had a Toyota, but like my Honda better now.

No airbrushing Grellan. I always look good. Used to high jump. Thought I'd hit a plateau with the MAF tests but I was feeling like they were going to improve again last week.

Andrew, a high jump run up!

Reese, thanks. No guilt for this rest.

Thomas, that's right. Too much sun down here.

Flo same here. Legs get a lot of sun if you run.

Bill, thanks. You're a gentleman too. There aren't many of us left ;)

SK, I found it 'bout 12 months ago as a small reddish lump. Doc said it was OK then, but this visit a biopsy showed it had to be taken out.

5:28 am  
Anonymous Ali said...

Definitely listen to the Doc, hope all is good.

You win the air contest. Both my feet are always on the ground when the photographer captures me, how is that possible!

9:18 am  
Blogger RICK'S RUNNING said...

I didn't know white men with beards could jump so high, are you on the end of a rope?
sorry to hear about the skin cancer, wishing you a speedy recovery.
take care dude.
P.S. I'll keep my British weather any day, rain and overcast sky's, I'm lovin it !

4:16 pm  
Blogger jen said...

Damn, sorry to hear about the skin cancer. Sounds like they are on top of it though and you'll heal up quick. Take care of yourself! :)

2:32 pm  
Blogger Ewen said...

Ali, I've listened -- 'e knows what 'e's talkin' about. I think both feet captured on the ground for you is because they're stuck in the snow ;)

Rick, thanks. And thanks for keeping your British weather! My high jumping used to rate a higher A/G score than my running.

Jen, thanks!

5:53 pm  
Blogger Shane said...

Hope you heal up nice and quick and you can get back into your training. I hear you about the lack of melanin, I can sympathise.

Re: Townsville, I am going, got confirmation today however I don't think Scott Brown has anything to worry about it is ridiculous how well he has been running these past couple of years. Hope to see you at NCH run I think I will add close to 10 mins on last years time :-)

8:04 pm  
Blogger Scott Brown said...

Kick his ass Shane! Don't care if he is still wearing his bandage when you see him at the race!

Sorry to hear about the skin cancer Ewen but I expect you to show that doctor that you are not the average patient by taking those stitches out by yourself and having a run on the morning of the seventh day!

By the way Ewen, did you know that arm warmers can also work as a safe guard against the sun?

2:23 am  
Blogger Ewen said...

Shane, a comment like that is only good for inflating Scott's ego. So you won't be an 'age breaker' at NC? I'm in with a chance!

Scott, only Ryan Hall would dare do that (if he had permission) - otherwise he'd be resting the 7th day and running the 8th. Enough with the arm warmers! OK, I'll get a pair of bright pink ones like yours.

3:45 pm  
Blogger Black Knight said...

Disappointing news, I have a similar experience in 1991, the skin cancer on my shoulder was as big as a coin. Be careful with the sun.
All the best for a fast recover and ...a PB on the next 5 km!!!!

9:00 pm  
Blogger Sling Runner said...

Hope you have a quick recovery and we'll see you blazing those 5ks soon.

8:12 pm  
Blogger Ewen said...

Stefano, I am these days. For us fossils a lot of the damage was done when we were kids (before sunscreen).

Thanks Sling. I'm looking forward to running, never mind blazing. I think it'll be a slow burn.

9:15 pm  
Blogger Runner Susan said...

You win best air, Ewen! Take care of yourself and your stiches.

5:09 am  

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