I saw this sign at a park in Toronto and thought it was hilarious! Rogue Park, to be specific. I'll definitely remember that place for next time I need to go for a run in Toronto (but not if I need to toboggan) Anyways, I told you guys I'd probably forget to update this for a while.
We left Toronto on the 14th, but not before Canada left me a little to-go present. On Sunday the 13th we were working a Mountain Equipment Co-Op (the Canadian REI knock-off) race and I took a spill on a trail. It just so happened that the only place that was slick was the one place where I was trying to turn and I went down hard on my left knee. My first thought was a flashback to Mr. Sumner tearing his patellar tendon my senior year of high school and last year at the Tacoma Turkey Trot, but after a split second of that I realized that I was able to at least get up. I did a quick self-evaluation, checked that my quad could still fire and I had full range of motion (thank you Matt Harrelson, my Stanford athletic trainer) and realized that there was a LOT of blood and that it would be a painful run back.
I ended up not even making it back, luckily the marathon had a water station fairly close to where I was. At first I asked them for some paper towels to wipe it off and run back, to which they responded by asking if I wanted first-aid to come and drive me back. I, of course, turned them down knowing that I had to finish my run (it was my easy day, after all!) and I hobbled off. I made it about 60 meters before I realized that I was limping severely and was in fact in A TON of pain. So I limped back and said "on second thought... first aid might be a good idea." and joked around with them for twenty minutes until help arrived. I had Shannon give them all free Brooks shoe cards for being so awesome and helping me, because if I had tried to run all the way back I surely would've messed something up for good.
It took almost a week of no running but I'm pretty much back (almost pain free). I'm at least not noticeably favoring one side, I'll just have to be careful for a while. My first run was on Saturday and I've been doing better every day since then. I need to get some good work done before my first race of the season, a 5k the day before the Detroit Marathon. I told Shannon and Zach that if I win I'll buy us all a sushi dinner (the winner gets $300) so we are invested as a team.
After having an awesome last day in Canada (it actually was, we got some DELICIOUS pancakes in the morning) we drove to Niagara Falls. Customs coming back to the USA was way faster and we got to spend the next day at Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls definitely IS everything it's made up to be, it was such an awesome experience! Here are two great photos from the expedition which I would deem a success. I would highly suggest you cough up the dough and do the Maid of the Mist boat tour. It was absolutely worth the $17 to go right past the base of all the falls.
After Niagara Falls we made it to Rochester, NY for the Rochester Marathon. We had a good time there exploring some abandoned subways and eating delicious ribs and pulled pork at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. I found a great trail that is 30+ miles of dirt weaving through forests, corn fields, and farms. Basically my dream run and perfect for a nice fall running transition!!
We're now in Akron, Ohio and we have plans to visit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park which is conveniently 20 minutes away from our hotel. I had no idea that Ohio had a national park and it just so happens to be right between us and Cleveland! Time to check another one off the list!
Well, until next time I'll leave you with this hilarious picture that Shannon took at the Rochester Marathon finish line yesterday. It made me crack up when I saw it!