***LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR BEST BODY BOOTCAMP ROUND 4!!**
Ah, Move It Monday. A day when I normally either recap my workouts or share a workout methodology I’ve been loving or a mixture of the two from the past week. This past week, though, I got nothing. I did minimal in the workout department – a yoga class, a spin class, and a 30 minute functional and core based strength class at the gym.
All great, but you might realize it’s much lower volume from what I have been doing and one other key change. No running. Zero.
Peter had the kids help him make a special gift for me for Christmas – a race medal hanger.
I absolutely loved it! Such thoughtfulness and Makenzie even picked out the letters and colors. It still doesn’t change the fact that my beautiful new medal hanger will have to wait some time before it gets a new medal to adorn its hooks.
I can’t run New Orleans. And I’m taking an entire month completely off running.
You may remember that ever since March I have battled nagging running injuries. They all started in my left foot. That got better enough to survive my marathon….then my right ankle started giving me problems which progressed to my right IT band in a fierce way early this summer. I did what I could to help that recover, only to have my ankle still give me problems off an on since then. Suddenly, my left IT band hurt and back down into my left foot and ankle.
With every injury, I took a week or two off of running then hopped back in to running at mileage fairly close to the higher mileage I was doing. The most I ever did for recovery was spend a month running no more than 3-5 miles at a time, but still not ever allowing a complete break and recovery.
The past few weeks pain had come on sooner into my runs and kept feeling progressively worse. I had had enough and my body was trying to get that same message across my thick skull.
So, I’m taking a month completely off running…then plan on getting back into running very conservatively. It may be too conservative, but I’m sick of trying too much. I’m going to start basically from scratch and go through the Couch to 5K program again after this month of zero running.
I’m giving my body what it is asking for…TIME. During all of that time, I will focus on yoga, stretching and strengthening targeted to the muscle imbalances I know contribute to everything, and taking other workouts easier too. I’m not going to sub my runs with an hour of intervals on the elliptical instead. Nope. I’m giving my body the time to really focus on the problems and not just slap a quick fix band-aid that inevitably falls off a month or so later.
How am I doing mentally with this decision? I don’t really feel too much. I guess I just think “it is what it is” and I’m focusing on feeling better. So I’m not too upset. I was pretty angry at first, and also angry at myself for not doing what I needed to do earlier this year to properly recover. On the whole, though, I’m ready. To do what I need to do. To find joy in my workouts again.
It’s been a LONG time since I’ve felt like that regularly after a workout. It’s time. Body, I’m not giving up on you but I promise to give in to your requests. Now, here’s to a hopefully stronger, healthier, and happier year ahead. And although I’m not sure when, I sure hope to have some good racing ahead too. We can do it together.
Your Turn: What workouts are bringing you joy right now? What has your body told you recently?