Move over Christmas and Valentine’s Day- Easter has the best candy!
We don’t celebrate in the religious sense, but I’ll make a special trip to Walmart today for discounted bags of Cadbury Mini Eggs and Reese’s Peanut Butter Clusters, my favorite holiday candies. Mondays after a holiday weekend are always tough, but the candy will get us through.
I’ve given up on any sort of “training” right now. Between this hamstring/adductor/glute injury and stress from life and work, I don’t want the added stress. I’ve had more bad than good runs recently, and it was time to shut it down. I’m not ruling out the Kiawah Island Marathon, since it is 8 months away, but Spring and Summer aren’t looking too promising. Good thing running is a lifelong sport, right?
To keep it real: I had more medical appointments than runs this week. Welcome to the new normal.
|Monday||60 min. elliptical + 45 min. BodyPump|
|Tuesday||60 min. stair climber + PT|
|Wednesday||65 min. elliptical|
|Thursday||60 min. stair climber + 60 min. BodyPump|
|Friday||4.1 miles + PT + Sports Massage|
|Saturday||60 min. elliptical|
Work was a beast this week- as we had a five day work week crammed into four days- so I was at peace with my decision to not run. I’ve taken on a new project at work that’s basically doubled the number of meetings every week and increased my workload, and adapting to work demands is obviously more important than runs and working out. Running might feed my soul, but technical writing feeds my family.
On Tuesday, I stair-mastered for an hour then had PT that afternoon. My PT dry needled my adductor so I was in running jail for the evening, but I still went to the Charleston Running Club group run and social at Lotus in Park Circle. I timed my arrival to drive up in my car just as everyone was finishing the three mile run. We had some delicious apps and saki, and the service at Lotus was great.
On Wednesday, I had a dentist appointment, where I found out I had a cavity. The dentist could’ve filled it on Thursday, but I wanted one day of the week (well, besides Monday) without a medical appointment. Plus, cavity filling involves needles, and I’m already a human pincushion from dry needling. It sucks to put it off, but I’ll go back in a few weeks for a filling.
When Thursday came around, I kinda wished I’d went ahead and gotten the filling- you know, to at least be “done” with the cavity. Oh well.
I was off work Friday, so I went for a short run before PT. I figured if there was any time to try running, it was before a PT appointment and a sports massage, so I could tell my PT how the run felt and that the massage would help any pain, if I had any. PT was needle-free and I got new exercises to do.
My sports massage was pretty incredible. Andrew at Elements Massage beat the $@&#* out of my lower body, but I felt good- and pain free- after. I got dinner at Dellz on the Macon, a new restaurant in North Charleston, where I had the veggie tacos. If you’re vegetarian or just like plant-based foods in Charleston, Dellz is the place to go. I already want to go back!
I felt fine on Saturday morning, but decided to elliptical so I could watch trashy TV and give my body a day between runs. After lunch, I headed out to the Kiawah Island Kids Triathlon to volunteer with Summerville Tri Club. About 250 kids completed the triathlon, and my job as a volunteer was handing out medals.
I love volunteering in general, and I’ve done it all- from race day registration to beer tents- but my favorite thing is volunteering with kids. The kids are the future of our sport, and if the Kiawah Kids Triathlon was any indication, that future’s a bright one. The kids had great attitudes, and I’m so proud of every one of them.
On Sunday, I ran with Virginia and Kelly in Park Circle. We ran an easy five miles, although it didn’t feel nearly as easy as it should have. I didn’t have much pain during the run or after, so at least that’s a plus. I shared a run with friends and had a change of scenery, which is always good. Plus, it was Easter Sunday- so no excuse to skip church (of the Sunday group run).
I hope everyone has a great week! It’s another short work week for me, as I’ll head to Savannah on Friday for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5K. I can’t wait for a mini-vacation and chance to see so many running friends.