It seems I’ve been MIA the last little while. Between working, teaching, participating, and studying for my Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist certification, I’ve been a little zonked. But, I’m here now.
I decided a while back that I wanted to get back into running again…like, full-on like I use to run. I want to be completely committed to my running and I want to participate in the Harvest Marathonin October….something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while but something always seemed to have been priority that weekend (it just happens to be Thanksgiving weekend (in Canada), my parents’ anniversary weekend, and my nephew’s birthday weekend – so, it’s pretty busy). Not this year, though. I’m doing it. I’m committing myself to doing it and that’s that.
Unfortunately, I have a few hurdles to get over:
1) We’re still partially buried under some snow here in Nova Scotia. Not nearly the amount we initially had a few months ago but enough that the ground is covered in a lot of places and extremely soggy in the places that it’s bare. So, I’m working with what I have. I’m hitting the treadmill at my gym.
2) I have tarsal tunnel syndrome. I talked about this back in September when I was participating in the Zombie Run and honestly, it just got worse from there. My ankles sometimes vibrate and ache for days after I run, and I need to keep them elevated and iced (and sometimes medicated).
3) I’m battling a chest cold. Since I started exercising many years ago I now rarely get sick. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had a cold in 8 or 9 years. On the rare occasion I do get hit with something it’s something I’m already prone to like bronchitis or pneumonia (I have a virus in my lungs left from the whooping cough when I was a baby and I get either one or both of these nearly every year), or some weird flu that completely kicks the crap out of me. But right now I have this crappy chest cold that hasn’t quite come to full surface yet but is sticking around to kick my butt anyway. I’m not happy. I would be happier, honestly, if it would just completely rear its ugly head so I can move on and be better. Right now it’s in the “linger” mode.
So, with these three obstacles in my way I’ve been pushing on. I have committed myself to running at least 3 times a week. (This is week is the first time I didn’t get my third run in, but I did get a speed walk in on a lunch break earlier in the week so I think that should count – especially since right now I am a total mouth breather and am still sticking with it. Stupid cold!) I’m running on top of my regular workouts and teaching, so I don’t feel 100% bad that I didn’t fulfill my goal for this week but there’s still that small part of me.
The first week or so that I started my 3-day-a-week runs my ankles were atrocious. They were rattling and vibrating and aching to the point I almost wanted to give up. I stopped wearing shoes at work (as much as I can get away with), and I have my feet elevated most of the day. And it seems that my ankles have strengthened! They’re conditioning with each run and getting stronger and the tarsal tunnel is almost not affecting me at all. Positive vibes, y’all!
Since I missed out that third run I made sure today would be a great gym sesh – to make up for my absence. And what a great workout I had. I had a nearly steady run – only stopping once to blow my sad little nose*** (again, full-on mouth breather here) and got right back to it. I had a steady pace, a good incline, and I ran like the wind. I hit my target and when I finished I got some good strength in – and completed some crazy box jumps – which I’d never even thought about doing at the gym before (another goal!). I felt accomplished – and exhausted and wiped out – and proud at the end of my workout today.
Tomorrow is Monday and the start of a new week – which means completing my 3 runs on top of my other workouts. Once this cold is gone and I feel more confident in my ankle abilities I plan to increase my runs to 4 times a week. By this time the snow will be gone and I won’t have to venture all the way to the gym to accomplish this. Also, a friend and I are going to attempt to get some runs in on our lunch breaks when we can. Right now is perfect weather since it’s not too hot yet – I don’t want to go back to work looking like a sweat hog – but a mid-level run during lunch can certainly help with the new goal(s).
On top of all the running, there’s so much more I want to explore with exercise – in and out of the gym. Today I tried a couple of new things and I was happy with the results. So, as long as I set the goals, they’re mine to crush!
***SPEAKING of blowing your nose at the gym – last weekend during a run the dude on the next treadmill decided to blow his nose…..right into his tshirt. Who does that? I’m all for wiping your sweaty brow with your shirt if you have to but blowing your nose into your clothing is disgusting – especially since the room is full of paper towel dispensers and there are washroom facilities available. Gross.