First things first. I want to say very a special thank you to Tom over at 278 to Boston for recommending my blog on I Heart Running for one of THE 100 BEST RUNNING BOGS OF 2013. I had no idea! I am thoroughly grateful and honored. Again, a heartfelt thank you for thinking of me and I look forward to continuing to share our running journey(s)!
Soo….did I have an a-may-zing run yesterday? No. It was just okay. I am really trying to embrace ‘taking things slow” with running. I know I will continue to heal and I do see a little progress every day. But I would be lying if I said it was easy to feel so held back!
I know it is just going to take time and if I have learned anything from this injury, not listening to my body was not a good thing. So I get out there and I walk/run. When I am walking I am able to appreciate the little things I may have missed if I was running. And when I run, I am able to run just long enough to satisfy my craving and clear my head. Overall I am okay and grateful for that. For now. Okay I am trying to be, but the goal oriented, boss side of myself doesn’t want to.
Another thing I learned about this injury is it didn’t take long for my muscles to build up toxins from medications and not being my usual active self. My chiropractor confirmed that me being nauseous and feeling “toxic” in the day(s) following my first run(s) back was attributed to just that! I won’t deny there is a place for taking anti-inflammatories etc. to help ease the pain and reduce the swelling, but it’s also another great reminder to be mindful of what I am putting in my body. So I learned it was possible to drink far more water than I thought was possible in the course of a day.
My chiropractor seems confident that I should be well enough to run my half-marathon, but I am not feeling his confidence. It’s just a little over a month away! I know I have lost some of my endurance. And at the rate I am going, what does he expect, I will walk/run the race? Better yet, is that even possible?
After getting a heads up my friends fathers funeral would be this Saturday, I spent all morning shopping and trying to find something to wear to the service. I had no luck and I was getting super stressed about having to go out-of-town and not have something to wear. But all my stressing was for nothing. Right before I entered panic mode, I learned the funeral won’t be until next weekend. I wont deny I am relieved. Thankfully my friend and her family seem to be holding up okay. I can only imagine what they must be going through. I wish there was more I could do, but right now they have a lot of support around them and I will be able to help her more when she comes back to town. And I decided when things have settled down a little that I want to make a quilt for them out of her father’s clothes. I made one for another friend after both her parents passed away and I felt like it did help her in feeling more close to them. After-all, handmade quilts are very comforting anyways right?!
Now that I am not heading out-of-town, I am feeling a little scattered. I didn’t get any grocery shopping done, give my pups a bath or any of the other weekly “to-do’s”. So now I have some catching up to do before the weekend. You see I don’t shop or deep clean on weekends. The stores are extra busy and shopping at the end of the week saves me a great amount of time and frustration. Except days like today when I can’t find what I am looking for. And having the house extra clean, gives me more time on the weekend to have fun or just relax. So I am off to tackle what I can on my list, get a run walk/run in after it cools down and I will finish the rest of what I need to do tomorrow.
So until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!