Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season with your families and friends. Clay and I are celebrating with some friends today. If anyone is in the Charleston area and wants to celebrate with us, you’re more than welcome to join us!
It’s official: I’m once again the captain of #TeamJanky.
Injuries are tough, but since I’ve had a few, I’ve learned to cope. One thing I’ve learned from years of running and from so many of my running friends is that BODIES HEAL. They do not always heal on our terms, our timeline, or our race schedule, but THEY HEAL.
I’ve had friends endure pneumonia, heart surgeries, bike accidents, cancer, and car wrecks that they shouldn’t have survived to run successful races, win age group and masters awards, qualify for Boston, and inspire me. Running is an endurance sport, and the same enduring spirit that carries us through races carries us through tough times.
As a wise friend once said, whether you’re on the top or on the bottom, you’re never there forever.
|Monday||5.1 miles + 60 min. hot yoga|
|Tuesday||60 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises|
|Wednesday||60 min. Arc Trainer|
|Thursday||60 min. Elliptical + PT exercises|
|Friday||60 min. Arc Trainer + 15 min. strength|
|Sunday||60 min. Elliptical + 30 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises|
On Monday, I tried my first run in over a week. The test run hurt MORE than the run the day after Kiawah. My left knee and right glute/hamstring were killing me. I kept running hoping that it would feel better a mile or so in, and it didn’t. No one likes feeling dejected after a run, and I won’t run through pain.
After that run, I decided to just take the rest of 2017 off from running. At this point, my fitness is gone (see: Kiawah Island Half Marathon recap), so it’s not like I have much left to lose. Being injury-free was fun for six months, but now, I’ve got to serve my time in what my friend Roscoe calls “running jail”. For me, running jail is cross training at the Purple Prison… Planet Fitness.
I called a new-to-me sports medicine doctor who came highly recommended from a few local runners, triathletes, and running coaches. He gave me different exercises as well as offering more of a full body perspective on my injuries. I go back next week and hope that he’ll offer some treatments and insight- plus he does active release therapy, Graston, and other cool stuff.
Enough of the injury talk because it’s CHRISTMAS! This weekend, Clay and I celebrated with both of our families. It was good seeing them and getting some fun presents, plus stuffing our faces with delicious food. Greek seasoned salmon, anyone? Red velvet cupcakes? I’m there! I don’t know when my comeback race will be, but if my family has anything to do with it, I’ll be adequately carb-loaded for when that time comes.
I also introduced my mommy to the world of hashtags and selfies. My mom is 71 and walks 2-3 miles a day a couple times a week. Running (or walking) really is the fountain of youth and keeps both of us looking young.
Clay and I also celebrated Christmas Eve. This is our first Christmas Eve at home since we’ve been living in Charleston (five Christmases!), so we brought back one of our traditions from when we lived in Florence: Getting takeout Chinese food and watching A Christmas Story. In the movie, Ralphie’s family’s Christmas dinner gets ruined, so they go out for Chinese food. It was a great cheap date night.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!