I don’t want to be the crutch


I’m a runner.

It’s my form of exercise and stress relief away from work. A short run for me is a five-mile jaunt around the city of Tracy. I run with two friends for six or more miles in Mountain House up to three times a week.

I spend a lot of time putting foot to the pavement. And, for more than a year, I’ve been relatively injury free. Outside of some Illiotibial band pains earlier this year I’ve been able to push through four half marathons since March, most recently the 2nd Half Marathon of the San Francisco Marathon races.

And then I went for a run on Saturday and felt like my leg was going to fall off. Nearly 2 miles from home my only recourse was to head back. I put five miles in with a not-so-impression time of 1:05. I couldn’t walk the rest of the day. The pain got worse in the evening. On Sunday I could barely walk.

I finally found myself in the ER on Monday morning. It felt bad. I assumed the worst: stress fracture. Three-hours and an x-ray later I was sent home with crutches and super strength Ibuprofen. I’m hobbling around now, not putting two much pressure on my leg. But I’m not running for at least a couple weeks. Not walking much either right now.

High school football season, though, begins this week. That means the recordnet.com team is out on fields throughout San Joaquin County to bring you video of local teams prepping for games this week and next.

Tuesday was a training run for Web Content Producer Katie Combs. Katie came to The Record with solid experience in social media and all the other wonders of the web. She’ll let me admit here she doesn’t have a lot of knowledge about football. (Katie: That’s the understatement of the century.)

We headed out to Lincoln High School where the Trojans were preparing to take on Tracy’s West High wolf pack later this week. Katie carried the camera and tripod. I provided insight into what was happening. (All my experience from my brother’s days as playing quarterback for Stagg in 2005 and various Pop Warner games once upon a time.)

But I’ll admit, I looked pretty silly on the sidelines and as I did interviews with the Lincoln players. Coach Brian Gray even joked that he could get me a golf cart with a tone of concern.  I was good. But it was awkward.

I dropped the crutches a couple times and held on to the tripod to give Katie some pointers on camera movement, but mostly just hobbled along and (when needed) sat down. I didn’t overexert myself. For what it’s worth, Katie said the training was successful. We did some great interviews. We got solid footage from the practice. And we had fun.

It’s not often we go out on assignments with dual videographers. We don’t have the time to do so typically.

But for various reasons, including the fact that I was on crutches, this worked out really well. Awkward yes. But we accomplished the goal.


And it kind of kicks off the season for us nicely. Look for Katie’s video  and another one on Escalon’s preparation for their season kickoff Sept. 2 from Kevin Hecteman on late Thursday. And join us for our regular live scoreboard (for the first week from The Record newsroom) beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m.  at recordnet.com/football.

I’m going to hope my hobbling is replaced by walking (even if slow) by next week.

(By the way, the title for the blog comes from a Matchbox Twenty song called “Crutch.” It’s been kind of playing in my head for the past five days.)

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