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We're 2-0-1

My soccer team, the Defenders, played to a tie last night, so we're 2-0-1. We had a number of new players on our team, so I think we did well to come together as we did. Personally, I was happy to be playing at all.

Sunday morning, I took my daughter for a workout at the gym -- our first together. She wanted to focus on weight training, so that's what we did. I never do lower-body work when I'm lifting, and she wanted to, so we included some of that in our workout. Not being used to it, I pulled a muscle in my right thigh, though I didn't realize it at the time. During my cardio workout afterwards, I felt a little pain, but shrugged it off and kept going (mistake #1).

That evening, my team had soccer practice. My sons went with me to help out. As the practice began, I wound back and took a hard kick on the ball and instantly felt the full extent of the pull. Not wanting to miss the practice, I stretched for a while and then hobbled through it (mistake #2). After half an hour of practice, we were challenged to a pickup game by some people on the next field. Despite the fact that I was in pain, and had a game the next night, I played the full half-hour (mistake #3).

I'm sure it's obvious that by the time I woke up Monday morning, I could barely move. I started taking ibuprofen (the anti-inflammatory wonder drug) and stretched before going into work. I took more ibuprofen during the day and stretched again. Then I took yet more ibuprofen and stretched right before the game. Thankfully, I was able to play, and able to run nearly at full speed.

If you're curious, yes, I learned my lesson: at the first sign of pain, stop, figure out what's going on, and treat it appropriately. Had I taken it easy Sunday night, and done the right kind of streches and used an anti-inflammatory, I probably would have been in better condition by game time Monday.

A slightly cynical friend of mine listened to my story yesterday and gave me three weeks before I quit playing. That's not going to happen.


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