So I was pretty much MIA last week. I was hit with a bit of a germ bug that took me out for a couple of days. I spent the rest of the week scrambling to catch myself back up at work, home and get myself better. Normally, I’d be pretty annoyed at getting sick (who wouldn’t?!) but this was actually a blessing in disguise. My leg was feeling great on Monday and had no pain (not to mention no bruising!) after my physiotherapy appointment Monday night. Perfect recipe for me to do something stupid, like go for a run. Don’t worry…I said no more running until this injury is in the books and I meant it. Getting sick was just added incentive to stay on my butt and out of my runners.
This week, in keeping with my no-running theme, I dragged myself to the gym and even though I would have loved to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather, I blasted out an hour on the elliptical instead of my planned 6 mile run. Ironically, at a women’s only gym, the two TV’s there were on golf and football. It was a long hour. BUT, I got it done, challenged myself AND walked out pain-free. Clearly a sign I am doing the right thing. I’ll be sticking to this plan throughout the week at work as well.
I’m scheduled to run a 10k this coming weekend and I haven’t entirely ruled it out. I’m currently undecided on whether I’ll be participating or not. I’ve had a long talk about it with my physiotherapist and she says I can do it if I want because the distance isn’t too bad and I’ve built a solid base (or I had until 7 weeks ago). I think it’s literally going to be a race day decision for me. If I do run it, I certainly won’t be racing and it would be more for the fun and experience of running a new course than anything else. I might end up walking half of it. We’ll see. I’m going to make the most of it and honestly, at this point, if I don’t run it, it’s not going to make much difference anyway. I’ll at least be there to cheer on those who are participating and sometimes, that’s just as much fun!
All in all. I think I’m (finally) over the no-run blues. It’s definitely been a prolonged state of mourning, being okay and then mourning again but I’m at peace with where I am and I know that it’s only temporary and that the time I take off now will allow me to come back stronger in the future. It doesn’t make me any less of a runner and certainly not any less of an athlete.
Have a great week everyone!