Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Crash

I’ve re-read my last post, and I thought it sounded a bit negative towards the comments I have received. Let me assure you that I value every single comment (well, except spam of course), and even if I might disagree with someone else’s opinion, I still want to hear about it.

I’ve just found the worst possible way to start the week, namely crashing the car on the way to work on Monday morning. I was coming down a ramp towards the N70, when another car was there just around a blind corner. The road is ridiculously narrow (it is impossible for two cars to pass each other), and I hit the brakes. Unfortunately the road was also covered in gravel, and my car just seemed to slide and slither along, rather than slowing down, and I hit the other car. It wasn’t too bad an impact (my airbags didn’t inflate), and, most importantly, nobody got hurt. It was my fault, and I had no hesitation admitting it. The road is in a really bad condition, but I should have taken that into account and taken the corner that bit more slowly. My insurance is in good order, and we’ll see how much the damage is.

Oh yes, this is still a running blog. I went to bed early last night, but couldn’t sleep. I was awake at 10, at 11, at 12, at 1, and still at 2. I slept for a bit after that, though not very well, and at 5am the alarm went and I got up for this week’s long run. I was so glad to get out of the door I can’t describe it. That was the most I’ve ever needed to run, just to clear my head and try and get the scene of the crash out of my head. I can only hope I will never be involved in a serious crash, if a small one without injuries is shaking me up so badly. Anyway, the run went fine, 17 miles, 3 loops along the Devil’s Elbow and towards Ard-na-Sidhe, and my head feels all the better for it. My achilles disagrees and started hurting again after 14 miles, but not too badly, and certainly less than in the past few weeks. I might do a recovery run tomorrow, and then definitely a few intervals on Thursday.

17 miles, 2:29, 8:45 pace

9 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your crash. I've only had one, but it shook me up for a while.

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  2. Oh no, glad you're okay! Nice run, 17 miles, wow!

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  3. Well shit Thomas...that's no good. I hope all turns out well with the insurance demons. Isn't that every road in Ireland? I've spent a few weeks over there and drove around and man, the first time I saw a lory coming at me, and two rockwalls on either side of me, I thought I was dead for sure. When I ot back to the US it felt like I was driving on a parking lot. Wide open spaces. And it was really weird to come back to a yellow center line and white fog lines.

    But anyway...

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  4. Oh no! Glad it wasn't a bad crash. Johnny totalled our car a year ago, and has had problems with his knee ever since :(

    So you kept waking up at night, but not because of the kids?! They've got you in a habit now!

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  5. I'm so glad that you are okay. They can be so scary.

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  6. yikes...so sorry about that. I've only been in one bad accident--not my fault--but it scared the poop out of me. no wonder you couldn't sleep!

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  7. Sorry to hear about the crash Thomas. I understand the need for a long run to clear the mind.

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  8. Ouch, a crash! I've had been in 4, nothing serious, but no fun for sure...glad you're OK. Long run sounds perfect!

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  9. Wow I don't think I could have run that well on so little sleep.

    Glad to year you are okay. Accidents suck.

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