It’s a good thing it’s the last Friday of this month, because I have some runfessing to do. Do you have running or fitness confessions that you want to get off your chest? I always feel better after writing these posts!
1. Blister Confessions
After thinking this through a bit I need to confess that I was pretty stupid about the blister I got last week. I really shouldn’t have run on Friday. Sometimes the “need” for running just gets in the way of logic, ya know? Later that day my coworker said “you didn’t run today, did you?” (I had complained about the blister the day before.) As I explained that yes, I did run. And yes, it still hurt, and was worse, I realized that to anyone else it makes no sense at all why I would run through something like that. But you guys understand, right?
2. Breaking in the orthotics
I think part of the problem was that I was not very smart about breaking in the orthotics. After wearing them walking for about a week, I started to run in them. I put them in a new pair of shoes (Altra Intuition, which is a neutral, zero drop shoe) and progressed to 4 miles pretty quickly. All along I had been saying I would take my time breaking them in. My patience was wearing thin and I got carried away. I am lucky that the result was just a blister and not a new injury.
3. Pessimism about Recovery and Orthotics
I also need to admit that for the past few months I have been pretty pessimistic about recovery and the orthotics. If I don’t believe I will get better, or that the orthotics will help, then nothing will improve. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Over the past few weeks I have been working to change my mindset. I know I will recover. And lots of people see good results with orthotics. That can be me too.
4. A Lazy Sunday
Last weekend, after a busy week, I went from one extreme to the other. I spent Saturday running around non-stop, doing errands, cleaning the house from top to bottom, etc. Then Sunday I did nothing. I napped, blogged, read, drank wine. I didn’t even go near my foam roller all weekend. It was like once I knew I couldn’t run, I had no desire to do anything. I didn’t even want to waste my energy on the bike for fear it could aggravate my blister.
5. TimeHop Jealousy
I often get jealous of my TimeHop running posts from years ago. They remind me of the days where I was running 40-60 miles a week like it was no big deal. Now I am lucky if I run that much in a month. I admit sometimes I feel bad thinking about how much I have regressed. Maybe one day I will get back to that, but maybe not. I know I am doing what I need to do, but it doesn’t mean I can’t be jealous of what I used to be able to do.
Do you ever get jealous of a past version of yourself?
Have you done anything stupid lately when it comes to running?
Do you ever find that you get really lazy when you can’t run?