“There is no honor in running oneself into the ground”. – Anton Krupicka, ultrarunner
I’m a grinder. I like writing out and crossing off workouts. As a technical writer, I like closing out work request tickets on the same day they’re placed. I don’t like anyone having to wait on me. I can’t stand being late- I can’t stand NOT being early. If you’re on time, you’re late.
My work ethic is unapologetically heads down, get shit done.
Looking at my original training schedule, this was supposed to be my last “big week” before the Kiawah Island Half Marathon. Almost a year ago and fighting a different injury, I took some shots and surrendered my credit card number to register for the race when it was only $40. I succumbed to #BeerPressure and said Kiawah would be the half marathon I’d PR.
We all know what happens to the best laid plans. My priorities have shifted from training and workouts to recovery and rehabbing my right glute/high hamstring. 2017 hasn’t been a great year for running or racing, and at this point, I only hope to start 2018 off on the right foot- the healthy foot.
Speaking of healthy feet, at least I’ve got SOME uninjured body parts, right?
|Monday||60 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises|
|Tuesday||8.1 miles + 60 min. yoga|
|Wednesday||60 min. elliptical + PT exercises|
|Friday||60 min. hot yoga + PT exercises|
As you can see, running was pretty lackluster this week. 33.2 easy miles and NO WORKOUTS. I spent some time on the elliptical and arc trainer, mindlessly “doing cardio” and watching The Goldbergs, my favorite guilty pleasure cardio show.
I went to the PT this week, and she suggested I cut back my (already super low) volume and (already nonexistent) intensity. I also got a laundry list of exercises to do to strengthen my glutes and hamstrings. I have some new things to add to my usual routine, which is now three times a week instead of two. I’m not allowed to do any fast running like track, but the knot in my glute that hurts when I sit at my desk prevents me from opening up my stride to run fast anyway.
I went to yoga a few times a week and enjoyed it so much! On Friday, I tried a warm flow class, which was sweaty and fun. I like the vinyasa flow style of yoga, whether the room is cool or hot. I absolutely love my yoga studio, Soul Yoga and Wellness. They have so many good classes, and it’s very diverse for a yoga studio- all genders, races, body types, etc. I’m glad to have a studio where no one judges me for wearing Target workout pants instead of Lululemon or Athleta.
In non-running life, Clay and I went to 82 Queen for brunch again. If you’re looking for a classic southern restaurant on the peninsula, 82 Queen is it. It’s perfect for locals as well as guests, or for going out with out of town friends. Plus, it’s only blocks from the excitement of King Street.
82 Queen has been around for 32 years, so they’re clearly doing something right. The specials are always delicious, like this weekend’s seafood linguini.
I went out to Charleston Sports Pub with Emily and Shawanna on Saturday. Shawanna’s marathon is next weekend and she’s hoping to OTQ. I hope she does! We hung out a bit after lunch and it was fun being around other runners since I ran so many solo miles this week. I miss my training partners and friends a lot when I’m running less, and working from home can be lonely too, so I was glad to see them.
On Sunday, I felt good enough to run with the Hampton Park group, and Brent and I logged 8 conversational miles about setbacks, comebacks, and dreams and races deferred. Even if I run fewer days, it beats not running at all. I may be shuffling along, but at least I have good people to shuffle with.
Here’s to the grind of PT exercises, NSAIDs, referrals, heating pads, ice packs, thera bands, copays, and still being the captain of #TeamJanky.