Guess who’s back? Back again.
Between my platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection and recovery, a cruise vacation, and a few crazy weeks at work, I took a much needed break from blogging. I work as a technical writer, and it’s hard to find the motivation to write a running blog when you’re already writing a lot for work and you’re not running.
Blogging might feed your soul, but technical writing feeds our family, so my job obviously takes precedence.
It’s been six weeks since my injection. I’ve experienced some pain relief, but not complete relief. PRP is not a magic bullet, and my doctor told me it would be several weeks before I’d see results and that I may need multiple injections. Unfortunately, proximal hamstring tears (even partial, low-grade ones) take a long time to heal.
Running is off my radar for while. July and August are hot in South Carolina, and a lot of seasoned runners focus on other goals (triathlons, cross training) in the heat. The other reality is that when I can run again, it will look very different than before due to the long layoff and the chance for reinjury. To stay healthy, I’m still gymming for an hour each day- but who isn’t?
With no races on the calendar, I’m enjoying everything that was on the back burner during the years I spent training and racing and the past few months of trying to recover from injury. I’m still volunteering at Race the Landing 5Ks and volunteering with a social media conference, SMADCON.
I’ve set a goal to try a new-to-me restaurant or coffee shop twice a month, and I’m on a quest to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie in Charleston. I’m enjoying baseball games, potlucks with friends, and beach days with Charleston Beer Runners.
I’m also attending some of the Yelp Charleston events, like the Yelp’s Baby Got Outback dinner and Yelp’s Truckin Tuesday. The Summer of Yelp event series just kicked off, and I can’t wait to attend more events around town to discover or re-discover fun restaurants and hangouts.
Over the last few weeks, my mindset has shifted from recovering to have a Fall or Winter racing season, to simply moving on. The body heals, and I will recover- and when I am pain free and ready, I’ll start running again, rebuild my mileage, and sign up for a race.
In the meantime, there’s a lot more to life than running, and I plan to enjoy as much of it as I can.