In the past 14 days I have run one day and it was the best feeling in a while. I ran in an 8k race so it wasn’t a kind of run where I got to admire the views and take in the smells around me because I was on a mission just to finish. My legs were running and my heart rate was pounding so to me it was perfect.
Since I haven’t been running I keep myself active by swimming, riding my bike on weekends and today I went on the stationary bike at the gym. I also tried the elliptical but it hurt my foot too much so had to stop. I am happy to be able to do these things and not just stay at home because that would be much worse. But since I haven’t been running I have noticed changes in myself both physically and mentally. Things like I don’t sleep as well and my mind never gets the escape like when I run.
After the race on Sunday I felt Ok and had a bit of a limp as we walked to the car. But by the time I woke up Monday morning I was really sore. Walking on my right foot was painful but in a different way than it had ever been before. The whole right side of my body felt like it was twisted and I couldn’t place my foot flat on the floor. It was like my arch wouldn’t extend and I had to walk on the outside of my foot. My back had been sore earlier in the week and was in worse shape. It felt like it would ‘catch’ when I walked. Sitting was just as bad and the way I was feeling I had never felt before.
So, yesterday at work my friend Kate recommended I go see her massage therapist so I did. When I first went in he did an assessment and said that my right side was sitting lower than my left. He worked wonders and hour later when I left he said I was back in line. Today I feel better and walking is easier so this I am happy for.
Some people lately don’t understand why I am having trouble to take some time off from running. I try to explain it to them but they look at me funny. Running to me is like air. Now that I have made running part of my life I feel I need it. I can go a day or two without running because I have a reserve but going longer than that I find hard. My back up tanks are on empty but I have decided that I am going to stay off running until I get things sorted.
When I think about running though these are some of the things I miss:
- the feel the pound of the pavement under my feet
- the spring in my step as I leap over roots and rocks on trails
- walking out my front door and feeling the morning air on my skin
- running on a mild winter morning in a tee-shirt (Yes, that does happen in the winter here.)
- exploring new areas and revisiting routes already traveled
- smelling the scent of detergent from a dryer, bread being baked at the bakery or even someone enjoying marijuana
- running with Warren on the weekend
- running with girlfriends
- running with my run club peeps
- feeling energized and tired at the same time after a good run
- clearing my head
- run dancing
I will bottle these things up and take them off the shelf on days when I think I don’t feel like running. But for now these things will help me get through until I can run again.
What are things that you love about running?