Training for Tuesday: Everything I Thought I Knew Was Wrong

If you've been following along, you know that I've been dealing with a reccurrent hip injury since November (and, really, since last February). In December I decided enough was enough and that I needed to see a doctor. Not because it was hindering my running (it wasn't, really) or because it was really that bad (it wasn't, really), but I figured that, as I was coming up on a year without having gotten to the bottom of it, I needed to know what was going on so I could a) treat it and b) prevent it.

I started by going to a general physician and getting an X-ray done, just in case. After that came back normal, I started going to physical therapy. I first had a couple of appointments with my local PT, where I did a lot of generic stretches and exercises that, to be honest, I probably could have done on my own at home, but I felt better having a doctor tell me exactly what I needed to do.

I also made an appointment to see the running specialist my sister-in-law has been seeing for years (and she's not even a runner, that's just how good this PT is). They're in Raleigh and I'm, well, not, so I made a day trip for it, and when I walked into Abby's office at Run Raleigh PT, the heavens opened up and angels started singing. For the first time I felt like I had someone to talk to who truly understood the words I was saying, and I learned so much during my hourlong visit. As it turns out, this running thing?

Yeah, I've been doing it all wrong.

Just Go.

Even if it's 12 degrees outside and the wind chill is -1.

Just go.

Even if you're not sure how well your morning coffee is sitting in your stomach.

Just go.

Even if all your muscles and joints don't feel 100% warmed up and ready.

Just go.

Even if you have all day and could easily put it off until later.

Just go.

Even if your couch and your fuzziest blanket are calling your name.

Just go.

Even if they're calling your name REALLY loudly.



Sunday Sweats 2016 - Vol. 3

Apologies for the double dose of workout recaps! It was a busy week!

Sunday Sweats 2016 - Vol. 2

Training For:
Shamrock Half Marathon
March 20, 2016
Goal: sub-1:55, PR? (Current PR 1:49:34)

Big Sur Marathon
April 24, 2016
Goal: sub-5:00 (or at least finish before the cutoff of 6 hours)

This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

I'm most productive - in my head, anyway - when I'm somewhere where I can't actually get anything done. At work, in waiting room at the doctor's office, on the bus...that's where I form all my best plans. It actually gives me anxiety knowing that I can't perform any of the grand tasks when they pop into my head, but I promise myself that I'm going to deep clean my house or cook a gourmet meal just as soon as I get home.

My best ideas usually come to me when I'm driving. Last weekend I had a solid 8 hours all to myself en route from New Jersey back home, and you wouldn't believe how much I mentally got done! I couldn't wait to get home so I could tackle the last step of actually completing any of the to-dos I dreamt up: actually completing them.