Monday, May 23, 2016

A Frustrating Day

This is funny. I started this post on Thursday then got interrupted earlier than expected. Ah well, it's just as true today as it was then.

Today is frustrating.

It's in the upper 60s and sunny.

My foot feels great!! Well, not great, but better than it has in a long time.

I want to go run!!!!!!!

I'm still in the middle of the solid month post-race break. Not only am I waiting the arbitrary month, I'm waiting until my foot feels 100%. Most days it feels pretty good, a tiny bit stiff first thing in the morning, but good most of the day. Come on, little foot! Heal yourself!!!

A woman at work today said "I could never run like you do," Yes she could. If I had a dollar for every time I heard that... Yes you can!!!! Can you walk? Then you can run. Suck it up buttercup and push through the discomfort. Anything worth having takes a little work. I hated hated hated running the first two years, now I'm climbing the walls without it.

Waah, first world problems :D

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Oops I did it again...

Oops I registered for the 2017 Piggie. Did anyone really doubt that I would??? May as well save $ and do it early!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Moving On

Miraculously, I basically feel fine a week after the 36.5-mile Pigstravagana. Oh sure, I got my normal post-race cold, when my white blood cells were trying to repair the damage to my legs, leaving my lungs susceptible to every germ the kids brought with them. Burning the candle at both ends certainly didn't help any, but like always, I'll survive this one, too. And while the Piggie weekend was a terrible idea, I'm thankful I pushed myself through it, the pain of skipping it would have been infinitely worse than the physical pain. (race review coming soon)

Now what...? I want to go run! My foot essentially feels fine. I'm trying a new approach though to my post-race plan - No running within the week following the race!!!! I'm actually taking the entire month of May off from running, let my body heal itself, give my foot time. Absolutely nothing I did or tried helped it feel better, so I'm resigned to time. Besides, I've been saying for years I need to take one season off for deep healing and to recharge. My body told me in no uncertain terms that it's time. In good news, wearing cute shoes doesn't seem to irritate my foot, so I'm done with wearing the Mizunos around the clock.

Come June 1, if my foot has felt 100% for a while, I'll start with a sad little 1-mile run. If that hurts, give it a few more weeks. If it feels great, try it again the next day and build sloooooowly. Maybe I'll go back to the "couch potato to 5k" program just because it's a gentle way to ease into running. I'm being smart this time. Next year's Piggie is May 7, which gives me 53 weeks to heal and train. I have nothing but time to do it right.

Besides, I can always bike. That's the same, right...? :(

Monday, May 2, 2016

It's over

It's only appropriate that the first song I heard en route to Cincinnati was "It's the end of the world as we know it." Indeed. I was bound and determined and crazy stupid stubborn driven to finish the Flying Pig. After that, however, I don't know. For months now I haven't been able to see past May 1. I'd have to say I'm a retired runner, at least for the foreseeable future. It's sad. My body has been screaming at me since Christmas that we need a break. I abused it one last time, but it's time to slow down and see what else life is all about without running. According to my bucket list, I want to learn to dance the flamenco, to play the piano (again), to speak Russian. Maybe it's time to pick up one of those endeavors.

Ironically, my PF foot is the least of my pains today. My quads are beat and I picked up a blister on my right pinkie toe, both of which are significantly more painful than the arch. Nothing makes sense. I tried a different approach to healing the aches and pains, which seems to have worked dramatically better than anything I tried the first 21 times.

It's sad, and the gloomy weather doesn't help any. I don't want to retire. Even with beat up quads and a blood blister, I still want to go run today :(

Oh look! Here's a picture of me with a flying pig...

They emailed today - register for 2017 in the next two weeks for $150. It was $165 this year at the lowest rate. Why must you tempt me Mr. Pig? 2017 would be my 5th year, at which time I'm part of the "squadron" and could collect an additional 5-year finisher medal. I don't want to talk about it lol