A couple weeks ago, my friend Julie emailed me asking if I wanted to do the Brookhaven Bolt. She and her husband own a personal training studio and they were one of the sponsors of the race. So, of course, I signed Jason and I up. And then I hurt my back. By Friday, I felt almost fine. Not 100%, but I wasn’t in any pain. It was more that my lower back just felt stiff when I woke up but then later in the day, it would be fine.
I was really conflicted on what to do about the race. I posted it on facebook asking my friends if I should run it or not and I got mixed answers. I felt like I could run, but I was really worried about re-injuring myself. Because my back problem sort of came out of nowhere, I worried that if I ran, it would feel fine during the run, but then I’d be in pain the next morning. So after a lot of stress, I decided to walk the 5K.
I’m not an especially fast runner, but walking a 5K is totally different ballgame than running it. I was in the back of the group and small children were passing me. I wanted to shout out, “I am injured! I can run 3 miles! I do not belong in the back!” Plus, it takes way longer when you’re walking. It was a nice course. There were two big hills but other than that, it was pretty flat and went through the tree-lined neighborhoods of Brookhaven (where I wish I lived.)
It took me 45 minutes or so to do it. Obviously my worst 5K time by a good 10 minutes, but I guess it doesn’t count. Afterward, I went over to talk to Julie, where she and her husband had a table set up. They had someone that is affiliated with them giving massages, so I went over to talk to her about my back and see if she could loosen me up. This was a deep tissue/sports massage and it hurt! But in a good, she’s getting out all the tightness way. She said that my hips were uneven and that my lower back and butt is very tight, especially on the right side, which is where it hurt. I think I might actually go to this woman to get more massages. When I typically get a massage, it’s from a spa and while it’s nice and feels good, it’s kind of superficial. This massage felt like she was really helping.
The day’s excitement didn’t end with the race. At about 4pm, we headed down to Marta (the subway) to go to Party in the Park, a concert in Centennial Olympic Park. The concert featured five bands, two of which I’d never heard of. By the time we got there, around 5, AWOL Nation was about to go on.
Honestly, I wasn’t a fan. After they finished, Young the Giant played. I thought they were pretty good. I have that song, “My Body” on a lot of my running playlists. But the band that I really wanted to see was the last one, the Flaming Lips. I’ve seen them in concert before and they put on such a fun show. I was kind of bummed that they didn’t play “Fight Test” but they played some others that I liked.
We were close enough to the stage, that I actually got to touch one of the balloons, which was fun. I actually sort of started to get nostalgic. Yoshimi, my favorite album of theirs, came out right when I moved to Atlanta. I was obsessed with it and whenever I hear it, it reminds me of that time in my life. That was 2002. Ten years ago. In 11 days, I will have lived in Atlanta for TEN years. Just thinking about that makes me feel weird. How has time passed so fast? And even though I feel really different from the person I was back then, some things don’t change, like my taste in music.