Thursdays sure come along much faster when you have a random snow day on Tuesday! I always feel like days off in the middle of the week make the week fly by. However, the winter still drags on. I just avoid looking at the 10 day forecast now because it’s too depressing. So let’s talk about what’s been going on this week, with as little weather talk as possible.
1. I woke up Monday feeling like I was getting a cold. But I had signed up to take a 6am Pure Barre class which I really didn’t want to miss. Besides, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t work out- I just felt more run-down and tired. But class was good and I was glad I went. I feel alot of the same muscles working that I’ve been focusing on in PT!
2. Since there was no school on Monday I went to my office to do paperwork. I swear it took almost 40 minutes for my computer to start up. I hate wasting time like that! And I was the only one in my office so there was no one to complain to. Luckily my coworkers who had taken the day off happened to text me about something else, which distracted me for a bit plus I got to vent about it.
3. The PT clinic was kind of crazy on Monday because everyone was trying to get in and out before the snow came. I feel like we are slowly piecing together this puzzle that my body has given me very, very slowly. I described how on Friday I didn’t run but my low-back/piriformis was tight, and that when I woke up on Saturday and started warming up something “popped” and everything felt really good on my run. This would go along with my PT’s theory that my SI joint is contributing to my problems. He said I looked level when he checked me before I ran…and then when he checked after my run I looked a little off. He explained SI joint issues to me in a way that I finally understood.
4. Lately I have been feeling a renewed sense of optimism about my running. I always stay pretty positive about getting back to running and racing but after feeling like I have faced the same issues over and over again it can be really disheartening. But as I get some different answers (not that others were wrong, just that I think there is more to it than we had been focusing on) I feel like I am moving in the right direction. I think dealing with this has taught me alot, now that I am starting to piece it all together.
5. Something really strange happened on Sunday with my right foot. Like really, I don’t have enough running issues that my foot has to start feeling weird? It was a rest day and I noticed a really slight pain on the top/side of my foot. When I went to PT on Monday it started hurting after about 3 miles on the alter-g so I cut my run short. My PT was just as confused by this as I was. The only explanation I could think of was that it was hurting in the same spot where I dropped a shower door on my foot 2 years ago. Everyone probably thinks that all of these running ailments are in my head because that is definitely how it seems. It has felt fine since Monday.
6. A snow-day/sick-day was just what I needed this week. I hate taking sick days and wouldn’t have called out but I really needed the rest and to stay inside where it was warm. I had signed up for a Rev Cycle class for Tuesday morning but cancelled my reservation due to the forecast and how I felt (the class ended up canceled anyway). So instead of running (which I told my PT I wouldn’t do because of my foot) or taking a class I just did some strength work and PT exercises at home. Sometimes I need to be forced to take break or I never will.
7. I realized I have just over 3 weeks until my half-marathon. I haven’t been training and I feel like I have barely been running! This is the least prepared I have ever been going into a race. I have no idea if I will keep building my up my long run over the next week or two, but this weekend’s weather is supposed to be brutal (sorry, I know I said I wouldn’t talk about weather) so not sure if it’s worth torturing myself in 0 degrees or on the treadmill. I guess I will just have to do this race for fun and figure out a goal half for later in the year!
8. Did you celebrate?
Sorry if those thoughts were a bit all over the place, but sometimes that happens when you’re thinking out loud! Thanks to Amanda as usual!
Have you ever done a half-marathon (or any race) completely unprepared?
Have you ever had random pains that don’t make any sense? Ever feel like your pain is “in your head”?
Do you still work out if you don’t feel well?