Hmmm. So. Where to start. September was brutal, and ugly. October was full of fun and wonderful. And here we are, just newly into November and who knows what this month will hold. I have a feeling it will hold me some learnin's.
Guess what interwebs. I can't run. Well I should say I'm choosing wisely NOT to run. Until January 2010. I'm taking a 'season' off of running. Clearly my body is protesting, it has been since about March. I ran some really good races between April and August, and some not so good. I achieved my goal of finishing a marathon, getting a 5K PR and doing a trail race. But since my body isn't a hoss, it's not a train that can run and run, race after race, mile after mile. I need a break. Actually my Physical Therapist suggested I take a season off of running. Duly noted.
It sounds absurd in a way, as a runner. But somehow I know it's right, it's absolutely what I need right now. It's time to focus and re-focus on certain parts of my life I've been ignoring and that I had given up on. So watch out non-running life, because when I put myself into something, I go all in. Maybe that's why I suck at Poker. And Gin.
My legs are... in the words of Meatwad... TORE UP. My PT is amazing, he is understanding, he is just the kind of PT I need. He looks at the why and what's go on all around, not just the injury or pain. He gets to the nitty gritty of it all.
Anyway, I know you want, so I'll give you the laundry list of all the things wrong with my scrawny little chicken runner legs:
Both legs are super tight
Low ankle rotation
Weak core, hips and booty (see people, being scrawny and skinny isn't all it's cracked up to be, we are lame and weak, boo)
Compensating from the weakness by running from my calves
Tight messed up IT band on left side
Popping knees, something is wrong there, because of tight IT band (and my knees never ever even hurt when I run, or walk or do anything)
That's all I can think of for now. See. TORE UP! Fire me up, I'm having a 'nic fit... okay that's only funny to Aqua Teen fans. Regardless, it's obvious I need some time to strengthen, rest and recuperate and focus on other parts of my health. The good news is I LOVE spinning class and that is one of the things I get to do. Along with lots of yoga (i've missed you yoga), pilates and strength training. The last one will take some effort. But I'm game.
Don't worry, I will still blahg. Promise. Since I always have topics rolling around in my head, and because I entertain myself quite a bit when I write. But mostly I'll continue the blahg because I'm an utter narcissist. Plus, I have a lot to recap. Pictures from the summer, trips, the fall, telling you all about my little life the past two months. The good stuff.
So hello needed running hiatus, goodbye frustrations, in a lot of areas of life. In the end, I'm looking at this as a running fast. I'm also going to be 'fasting' from a few other things, just to help me refocus. I'll talk about it all more later. Maybe. If I feel like it. Because in the end... I DO WHAT I WANT
So it's time to "Let Go" as Frou Frou would say. Time to let go of being so stubborn with running, and a lot of other things in life. Things that resemble me knocking my head against a brick wall repeatedly while the brick wall is all... "lady look, I'm not moving, get over it, you are ridiculous." Cheers to this season friends. Also. Cheers to Nutter Butters.