It’s been a long journey of healing from an injury in January. I’m still not fully recovered, but somewhere along the way I lost that loving feeling for running.
This morning though…I rekindled my love affair with running.
1. Things are progressing from injury rehab mode back to injury prevention mode. Hip, hip, horrray!
2. This recent purchase from Old Navy‘s active line has made it’s way to the top of favorite workout shirt lists.
3. This boy of mine turned 16 and is officially a liscenced driver. What?!
4. I’ve rekindled my love for spin class. One good injury + One A-MAZ-ING instructor = Schweaty Love 4EVER! (and one low quality, grainy picture)
5. The Fitnesssista’s winter shape up is killer but I’m loving every minute of it. Check it out here.
6. My ZOOMA run packet came in the mail and it was packed full of fun goodies! Getting excited to run with my Sole Sisters in just a few weeks.
7. This weekend I traveled to Houston and had a chance to revisit the old stomping grounds. Bayou running is embedded in my heart forever and ever.
8. I recently found a fountain of youth!
9. Girls on the Run Spring session is in full swing! It truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year!
Adaptability is the ability to change to fit changed circumstances.
Overcoming an injury is probably one of the most frustrating things for an active person. Each and every time I am faced with re-visiting lessons on patience, perseverance, and adaptability. On Saturday mornings I sort my laundry and measure how the pile of athletic clothes stacks up to the rest. I’ll spare you the details on how the stinkiness factor weighs in this time. 🙂
Friends, I want you to know my athletic laundry pile looked pretty good this week.
If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times…change is never easy. But, I would say that the hardest part of that is wrapping your head around the fact that there is a need for change. Once a person lifts their head out of the sand and realizes somethings gotta change, then the rest is gravy.
During week one post injury, my brain was still in the land of denial. Except for the fact that I could hardly walk straight without a painful reminder, I had not accepted the fact that for an extended period of time things would really need to look different. Yea yea, I got out and did a few things like swimming and more strength workouts, but it hadn’t really sunk in yet. So I mostly wandered around the gym with a pouty attitude, not finding much joy in the workouts.
Approached with a different perspective, week two post injury proved to be much more successful. I managed to get my heart rate up and squeeze in a few schweaty workouts on the elliptical this week. And just because we are having a winter intermission here in Texas, and it’s mid-60’s and B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L outside, I got in 5 miles of walking. Adapting is underway!
Guess what else is underway? Spring season for Girls on the Run in San Antonio kicks off TO-DAY!! I’m super excited to begin my second season with this amazing organization. Here is a little glimpse of some of the beautiful faces from last season. If you know a girl who is between third and eighth grade or you are interested in volunteering with this program, please click the link above to learn more. It’s not to late to sign up for this season. Can’t wait to share more with you as the Spring unfolds!
Although I haven’t gotten around to completing my list of goals for 2013, I can tell you what WASN’T on the list. An injury. I had ideas for goals like completing an average of 30-40 miles per month, new PR’s for a 5K and a 10K, and finishing at least 10 races during the year. All of that is not completely out the window, but as of this week I am facing a 6-8 week set back. Ugghh..
It was not an ideal situation to find myself crumpled on the floor one step into a cardio class at the gym earlier this week. A pop in my upper left calf, followed my extreme swelling and tenderness had me believing I had a grade 3 calf strain or even worse, a rupture of the muscle. So as much as I don’t want to have to deal with an injury, I am thankful that my diagnosis is only a ruptured plantaris tendon. Who ever heard of such a tendon? Not me and to find out it has no real function, created even more mixed feelings about this whole thing.
Anyway, if your curious about this mysterious tendon and it’s non-existent function, you can read more about it here. But, basically its common in tennis players and athletes over 40 years of age. Since I do not fit either of these categories, I am in a bit of denial. Although a good friend of mine reminded me on my birthday recently that I just entered my 40th year of life, I stand firm in the fact that I am not OVER the age of 40. At least I have youth on my side during the healing process. Maybe, just maybe that will help speed things along. Wink, wink.
What to do about cardio in the meantime? Attempting a triathlon has been on my to do list for a while, but am frightened to death of swimming. I went through a series of basic swim lessons when I was child and can get myself from the slide to the pool ladder like any casual swimmer. Athletic swimming though… it’s something I have never attempted. There is no time like the present to try something new. Right?! I’ll let you know how that goes, friends. Within the next couple of weeks the pain should subside and the stationary bike will become my friend again.
Fingers crossed, I’ll be as lucky to make nice with the pool too. Any tips and tricks are welcome. Please, please post below. Now I am off to look up youtube videos on swimming techniques.