Suck it up Buttercup …

I will admit that I have ZERO patience at the gym. I loathe cross-training. LOATHE. IT. But since I can’t run and I can’t do yoga, I must be here plugging away at the weights and on the recumbent bike. I get that sometimes in life you have to do things you don’t want to, but I don’t have to like it. Seriously … EW.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP!!!

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Hell on wheels …

I have really kicked up my pace on the recumbent bike … and not for all the reasons one would hope. I am pretty sure that this type of training is what Satan does for enjoyment. Ugh.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t experience HELL ON WHEELS!!!

The comeback kid (AGAIN) …

With all the things I’ve experienced physically you would think that it would make be scale back on the things I do physically. Nope. Well, OK maybe initially until I get my bearings again. But then I feel like it’s GO TIME. It currently sucks not to be able to run or do yoga but it also forces me to change things up. Which is always good for me. Being uncomfortable isn’t a bad thing. At least I don’t think so. It forces me out of my comfort zone and requires me to get creative. And those things ALWAYS lead me to great moments in the future. Maybe the reason I have so many setbacks and failures is because I have learned to LOVE the changes it forces me to make. Hmmmm.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel like the comeback kid (AGAIN)!!!

I don’t really want to know … 

A couple of years ago I ran the LA Marathon. It was my best marathon to date, but I crossed that finish line with a pretty significant injury. It took me out of running for a month … and that sucked. I was so bummed out that I did everything I could to try to cheer myself up, including checking the National Day Calendar website. The site is awesome! Be it sunglasses, pecan pie or video games, if it’s a new day then you can find something to celebrate on that website. Which brings me to the purpose of my blog post today. Today is BOTH National Nude Day and National Tape Measure Day. AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

I am pretty sure this is one of the funniest combos I can think of. I’m left wondering who exactly approves these days of celebration. All I can say is that they must have one heck of a sense of humor, AHAHAHAHAHA!

Now, normally I would ask all of you how you plan on celebrating … but I’ll be honest …

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t really want to know!!!

A runner’s high …

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been having trouble with my right shin. It has sucked. It’s derailed my hopes for a great finish at my next race … and it really has hurt! With this shin thing lingering as long as it has, my plan has been to run my race and then go get an x-ray to confirm exactly want I am dealing with. Yes, I realize I should do that before my race, but it isn’t happening. I’m not missing this race for anything. And a doctor might have other plans for me. Which is a totally horrible example to set for others and I wound NEVER recommend it. But I’ve learned to read my body pretty well after all these years and at this stage of healing process I know that I can finish the race without damaging myself further.

That all being said, I ran pain-free today. My last 10-miler before the race and my shin actually felt pretty good. The last 3 miles went particularly well. Not fast, just not terrible, HA! The whole experience left me with that fire in my soul again. It’s like an awakening and it happens during a good run. And it breaths hope back into my dreams.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get a runner’s high!!!

Making the most of it … 

I felt great after my run today. My shin is holding together just fine … well … I guess the athletic tape is holding it together, HA! But really, I felt great. I’m taking it easy. I know that it’s a time to heal and a time be smart. I am grateful for every step I am able to take and thankful that I have no pain. And honestly, I am enjoying running despite not pushing myself like I normally would. Although I am still technically training, I’ve embraced the beauty of the un-pressured run. It is so utterly freeing. And I have found that there are just as many lessons to be learned along these gentle miles as there are on the hard run miles … probably even more.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you make the most of it!!!

Taped up and drugged … 

I have been dealing with one heck of a shin splint for the past month. I have no clue why I got it. I haven’t had one in years. I wasn’t over training by any stretch of the imagination. My running shoes aren’t too new or too old, nor are they a different shoe than I’m used to. It’s just one of those things that happened. And although I’m a little disappointed that it has derailed my training for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon in July, I’ve come to make peace with it too. It won’t be the race I had hoped it would be, I really wanted a new PR. But it will be an incredible experience nonetheless. The course is supposed to be beautiful and I’m really looking forward to taking it all in.

Regardless of my injury I am still training. I am not running nearly as hard or as fast as I normally would be. I have been trying my best to find the balance between allowing my leg time to heal and getting a decent training in so that I will be able to finish the race. It’s been a tough one to say the least.

Runners are a weird bunch. We own it. We will do just about anything to keep running even under the worst of circumstances. Have you ever watched a marathon? All that misery? We love it. And none of us can tell you why. It’s just something we accept and understand it when we see each other going through it. To the “outside” world, this makes us look insane. Running hurts on a good day. Running injured is hell … but it’s OK with us. No. Really. Again, we are a weird unexplainable bunch.

As for me, as long as I don’t think I’m doing irreparable damage to myself, I keep running and I modify my training as needed. This shin splint, however, is requiring a bit more of an intervention and in the past few days I think I finally found the balance I need to finish this training. It’s not pretty … but it appears to be working.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are taped up and drugged!!!