Monday, June 6, 2011

OK...Breaks Over....Back to Work

Somehow I've managed to take an elongated break from all things running, including my blog. So sorry blog, I really do love you, but we just needed a break. It's not's me...really. I thought we ran out of things to talk about. Turns out I was just stifling my feelings....anyway....

What's up??
In the past few weeks I have:
  • 'recovered' from my 5K PR (in case you didn't hear, I ran a 27.02...ahem)
  • experienced running in icy torrential rains and sweltering heat all in the same week
  • managed an escape vacation with the husband
  • got in the first round of golf for the season (only 9 holes in puddled course)
  • started the kids in swimming lessons
  • took a week off of running (no joke)
  • went to my very first physiotherapy appointment

The only thing I'll expand on now is the physio. I felt like a 'real' runner when I walked in, they quickly realized that this is sooo not cool. I quietly have been hiding the fact that my right leg has been achin' and botherin' since, well, oh, maybe February. It started as very minor and the only time it bothered me was when I was driving. So I really didn't think it had anything to do with the extra mileage I was piling on in my training through the snow and ice...really I didn't.
So ignorance is not complete's ignorant. My leg now bothers me pretty much all the time. The mornings are good, but usually the ache creeps in by lunchtime.

Long story short, physiotherapist...believes I have a pinched or compressed nerve in my back/hip area and is irritated.The good news: I don't have to stop running at all. In fact running makes it feel good, cause I get to move it. It bothers me most when I'm stationary, like driving or at work...figures. Dan set me up with four exercises to do at home and work, which should help move things and reduce the pain. He said it should go away...eventually. I keep a good stash of Advil around, so I'm doing just fine for now.

The other news is that after a short hiatus completely off running, I'm back at it but I've pretty much abandoned all my summer race plans. I thought I would race every month and now I'm just not interested. On top of the race schedule being completely squashed, I'm completely behind in my year end goal to run 1,011kms...but I'm not that worried about it.

Is that bad? Have I lost my ambition? I don't even know if I want to do a 1/2 this year anymore...what's happening to me? I figured if I just keep trekking, getting out there, hitting the pavement, just 'doing' it.... then I'll get it back again. This week I managed 20K and did most of it during 6am runs during the week. Surprisingly, they were the best runs in a long time. I think I just found my inner morning person...well, maybe...I'll let you know at 5:50am tomorrow when my alarm goes off.

Question:What time does your alarm go off on Tuesdays? (or any other day)


Jess E said...

Cathy!! Don't quit on your goal! Do it!!

Liz said...

Maybe you could try changing your running a bit - different routes, speed work, hill sessions, fartlek etc, to stop it getting boring. I wouldn't worry about racing - there's no reason why you have to do races. Just do what you enjoy!

Kittee said...

I think it is okay to take a break from racing as long as you keep running. Find the Joy in it.

Congrats on your 5k PR That is awesome...

I am just getting back to running after a 6 week break due to injury. Im taking it slow and easy..