Um, hi? Is this thing on…
It’s been a while since I’ve updated here, but it’s also been a while since I’ve run. I was fairly steadily working out, and then it was cold here, and I changed my spring race plans around, and I just…lost motivation.
Don’t worry. I pulled myself out of it it. I decided that just because I was cold doesn’t mean I need to give up on my goals. I got in touch a friend who builds running plans (I think I was training plan 154!), and he gave me something to build up mileage before a 10 Mile Race in June – endurance is my first priority, “speed” will come later.
Two weeks ago, the night before my first run, I hurt my back. My pup had jumped off the bed and needed help getting back up, and I didn’t lift from my legs – and she tried to leap – and whoops, I pulled all the muscles on the right side of my back.
Luckily, I was able to get into the Doc in the Box the next day, and he gave me stretches to do, and told me to look into massage and yoga. I booked a massage for that Friday night, and it hurt like a MFer.
The masseuse told me I was like a human tension rod (can’t understand why?! DC isn’t America’s most stressful city or anything), and that I really needed to work to destress my life. I’m working on it, but ironically, one of the ways I do that is exercising, which I couldn’t really do.
I took off about 5 days from all exercise, besides walking and PT stretches. These last 6 days, I’ve done three “approved” workouts: elliptical, ARC Trainer, and a Flywheel class with a friend on Saturday morning. It still is tender, but I (and the doc) think that it will take about 4-6 weeks to feel completely back to normal. I’m to continue my PT stretches, incorporate more yoga and core work into my work outs, and just be cognizant of my back moving forward.
This is a long way of saying that actual training for my next race will start tomorrow, and I hope to be updating here more regularly. As in, at least once a week!
Happy Super Bowl Sunday friends! I’m an Alabama fan, so I’ve been told that I should cheer for the Pats (as everyone in America hates their fanbase as much as they hate Alabama’s), but I’m really in it for the commercials.