Up and Running

I’m really looking forward to my next chiropractor appointment tomorrow.  I’ve run twice since Monday and am incredibly encouraged by the results.  The acute stabbing pain I had been feeling is gone.  My gait is much more even and normal.  And the biggest change, I didn’t end up in pain and limping after either run.  I felt pretty normal afterward which is HUGE.  The runs themselves weren’t pain free.  My foot is still sore but I expected that.  I know it’ll take some time for everything around that bone to calm down and get back to normal.  But he’s definitely made me a believer.  He found in 20 minutes what 3 specialists missed for 4 months.  I just want to give him a big hug…. or 20.  But I feel like that might make things weird, so I’ll stick with a million thank you’s instead.

I’m  not sure where this leaves me with my fall races.  It’s too soon to tell.  I’m doubtful I’ll be able to race them at this point.  I’m just cutting it close to getting into racing shape by then.  So, I have to decide if it’s worth it to go to Chicago this year.  If I had to decide right this minute, I would skip it.  Luckily, I don’t have to decide for a few more months.  So for now I’ll focus on one run at a time and just try to not to be a crazy spastic person while I’m out there.  When I left for my run Tuesday morning, Lawrence said, “Now, I don’t care how good you feel after the first loop, DO NOT run another one.”  Smart man.  I’m not going to lie, it’s tempting to keep going but the fact that I don’t want to spend another 4 months on the sidelines keeps me in check… for now.  When I get a little further away from this injury and the memory of it starts to fade, I may need a few more reminders.

So, aside from running, what’s been going on?  It’s been a full week so far.  We kicked off the last day of school with our Tuesday night neighborhood happy hour.  With Sean heading off to kindergarten in the fall, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my life.  In my previous life, I was an accountant.  But I’m pretty sure I don’t want to go back to that.  So I’ve gotten in the habit of asking everyone I meet what I should do with my life.  This is not an exaggeration.  Within 3 minutes of meeting people, I literally ask them what they think I would like to do.  I like to up the awkward factor by also asking if I can come to work with them for a few weeks to see if I like what they’re doing.  I figure it’s just a matter of numbers, the more people I ask, the more answers I get and the more likely something will make sense.  Right now the front runner is park ranger.  So anyway, back to the cook out, we got into the discussion about what I wanted to be when I grow up and that led to a discussion on personality types.  Very interesting.  Not that it got me any closer to figuring out my life plans, but we did find out that Lawrence and I are almost completely opposites.  So I guess it’s true that opposites attract.

Last night, I did the fun run at the running store for the first time in… I don’t even know!  It’s been so long.  I had religiously been going to this run for a year before I hurt my foot.   It’s changed and evolved a lot since my first run up there.  We have a great regular group there now and I was so so happy to be back there running with them again.  Slow and steady is the name of the game for me so I was kind of glad a few of the speedier guys weren’t there last night.  It would’ve been hard for me to watch them run away while I plugged along.  But the reality is that I’m just so happy to be able to run at all, I’m not worried about pace…. for now.

I thought for a second about running again today.  But 3 days in a row is too much plus  Dr. Wong told me to run before I come in tomorrow so I need to run in the morning.  Today, I’m going to do some yoga and I’ve been toying with the idea of swimming.  But I’m doubting it will happen.  I  asked Lawrence to order me a waterproof mp3 player.  My main complaint with swimming is the utter boredom of it.  I guess I’m spoiled with running groups and fitness classes but when at all possible, I try to exercise with other people.  I think some music would make swimming a whole lot more tolerable.  It would be nice to find some cross training that I loved so that it wouldn’t be such a chore to do it when I’m trying to give my legs a rest from running.  Unfortunately, I think that’s probably just wishful thinking.  I tried pretty much everything I have access to during this injury and nothing got me too excited.  But if the alternative is another injury, I guess I’ll suck it up and get my booty to spin class every now and then.  🙂

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