Long time, no blog about running. Allow me to explain.
For starters, this is what is going on in New York City. Notice the “feels like?” And notice that this is at 8:45 am? Thankfully I was finishing my run.
I don’t handle the heat well. So in attempt to avoid posting something negative and complain’y, I’ve just held off on blogging. The heat and I have never gotten along. It drains me, makes me cranky and triggers my migraines. (If you get migraines, you know how hellish the feeling is and how desperate you can be to avoid it.) I love being outside in the sun and I love a good workout sweat, but the 69% humidity at 8:45am is not ok with me, my brain or my body.
I try to avoid posting photos of myself, esp ones of me looking a sweaty mess, but in order to fully express the intensity of the situation… this is what I amounted to at the end of today’s workout.
Which brings me to the other reason for my absence: I haven’t been able to run as much. Whatever I did to my ankle a couple weeks ago has taken its toll. It had been feeling ok, so I wrapped and ran. It still felt ok, so I continued to wrap and run.
Last week after my Sunday 6-miler, which followed a late-night Wednesday 4-mile run (to make up for missing Tuesday’s practice to go to the opera) and a light 3-mile Thursday run, I was hurting. I skipped this Tuesday’s practice to go to yoga, needing the stretch a lot more than the mileage, annnnnd that was it. The next day I woke up with my first case of shin splints, accompanied with sporadic knee pain and a dull ache in my ankle.
I’m not good at the taking a break thing — rest days are nothing but frustrating to me — but I tried to run Wednesday with no success and stayed off it, except for strength training isolations and whatnot, till this morning.
And as an extra precaution, I opted to rack up miles on my blades (9 miles) and keep the run to a minimum (3 miles). And that, above, is the result B&Gs.
Now, laying in the A/C with ice packs balanced on my shins and icy hot sending tingles to my bones (seriously, Icy Hot is the greatest invention ever. Thank you Z for introducing me!), I’m feeling more positive.
You see, I may sometimes have a slight tendency to over-dramatize things. For example, every time I discover a new ache or pain, an image of myself sprawled out on a hospital bed with my leg bandaged and elevated during race day flashes through my subconscious. Meanwhile my conscious thought won’t even consider making a doctor’s appt until either the pain increases over an 8-week period or I can’t actually stand. My brain is such a paradox.
However, I think tomorrow I’ll be getting up a bit earlier than today. I was on the move by 7am today but finishing at 845 (that included a skate, run and an ab/upper body workout) was brutal. The cicadas were buzzing, the trees drooping and the air choking on its own humidity. 1,000% ugh!
I’m also slacking a bit on the ‘group training‘ and the fundraising. (PLEASE DONATE TO MY RACE! :-)) I havent had it in me the last two Saturdays to get up at 4am to be on a 5am train to make it to a 7am practice, and there is no way I was running with the 830am crowd. I know, I know, “there may be a heatwave during the race; what will I do then?” I will tough it out then; but until then I am running in as cool of weather as possible. If for no other reason than to protect my brain from the torment of fighting brain cells.
Oh! And I signed up for a 5k race on Monday evening at Robert Moses State Park. I’m excited because I haven’t ran any sort of timed race in years and my pace has gone up since then. I think beating my past time will boost my confidence.