Neck is crazy painful. I went to bed early and managed to get enough total sleep even though I was sometimes awake for more than an hour, wandering around the house. This afternoon I made a snap decision to go to a walk-in clinic in Orangeville where the doc saw me within 10 minutes - nice. Even though my inner ear hurts too, he thinks it’s an inflamed muscle, which I guess is the best option. I’m supposed to keep trying to turn my head in different directions until the pain starts, and he gave me a muscle relaxant to help me sleep. It wasn’t a roaring success but probably made some difference.
He says it’ll be 4-6 weeks, which means I’ll likely be changing some race plans. Tonight I went before the start of our final boot camp to say goodbye to our fun class and instructor but I couldn’t stay because it’s excruciating when my neck is not aligned directly above my spine.
On a happier note, I volunteered once again as a “map orienter and explainer” for the youngest kids at today’s Hamilton Adventure Running Schools Challenge. With more than 1,000 participants, I think it’s the largest orienteering meet in North America and it’s been held annually for 43 years.
When I was explaining to one team how to orient their maps, they looked at each other, nodded and said, “Oh, it’s the same as Minecraft.” I have no idea what Minecraft looks like but I wonder if we can use that to help teach kids.