Remember how I mentioned last week that I ran into a small brick wall with my thigh? I've been able to play hockey on it twice since then, and although the leg is a bit stiff the next morning, skating itself has been pain free. Imagine my surprise, then, when I tried to play my first soccer game tonight and became basically unable to walk or kick after playing for about 10 minutes. The pain became excruciating every time I kicked the ball, but we were really short players (we had only 5 instead of 7) so I couldn't come off the field. I ended up volunteering to play goal where I let through approximately 5 goals in one half. I am now barely able to walk and am worried I may have done additional damage to my leg. I'm hoping I didn't tear anything. Now I'm off to take some ibuprofen and a hot bath, followed by some ice. I would say this was a rather inauspicious return to soccer for me.