[**NOTE: graphic photo at the end, please don't open if you are sensitive to bruise photos]
I was feeling adventurous after my long run on Saturday morning so I decided to join Tappan and some of his friends for a game of Paintball.
I'd never played before and I didn't know what to expect...but I thought it'd be fun and might even serve as a good "shake out" for my legs after my long run! I didn't want to get tight sitting on my couch all day.
It was all fun and games until a VERY inconsiderate person shot me in the quad/IT band area from about 2 feet away. For those of you who don't know the rules, that is completely NOT allowed.
Fortunately it was the end of the day so I was able to get home and ice it relatively quickly.
Here are the stages of healing:
Despite the giant bruise, I ended up having an enjoyable time and someone on the opposing team even said I was one of the "fiercest ones" out there, which I took as a compliment!
Have you ever played paintball?
Ordinarily I would dislike the idea of paintball (i.e. getting hit), but I like stepping outside of my comfort zone sometimes and I certainly am glad that I did this time! Sadly, I don't think I'll be back again though, it was a little traumatizing to get hit so hard at such a short distance. But more importantly, the lack of respect from the opposing players was enough to turn me off from it.