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It will take a car hitting me to stop me from running…

…and that’s what happened. I was hit while riding my bike to work on December 2. The person who hit me never saw me in the intersection and accelerated after rolling through a stop sign. I fell on the left side of my body. It all happened so fast that I didn’t completely feel all of my injuries nor was in the right mind to comprehend just what happened. I WAS HIT BY A FREAKIN’ CAR! A CAR! I’m a very aware and careful pedestrian/cyclist. I’m this way because I always expect the worst from drivers. If you live in the South Pasadena/Alhambra area you know to always expect the worst from drivers. You just do.
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The injuries were not as bad as one would expect after being hit by a car. It wasn’t a high-speed collision, thank god! I suffered bruising, cuts, and scrapes on the left side of my body. I was hit from the right and fell squarely onto my left. My hip and knee became bruised and inflamed from the impact of hitting the ground. I have a pretty bad ass scar from a nasty gash on my hip. X-rays showed nothing broken, torn, or separated.

I took two weeks off from running, which was very frustrating since the previous month I was averaging 70+ miles a week of quality running. I just recently I started running again. Stuff still hurt: left knee, left shoulder, and wrist. This past week I ran a total of 22 miles with a few mile repeats at “race pace” to test out the legs. My lungs are still in good shape, but I can’t help but feel my development has been set back severely in gaining a racing fitness level. I’ll continue to take it easy, aiming for 35 miles this coming week with some trail running miles.

I’ll be running a few high-profile races in 2015 and I hope to put in the kind of work that my wife, my family, and others who have supported my running can be proud of; that I can be proud of.