You see, up until 2 weeks ago, I self identified as a dad first, a "nice/funny" guy second, and then somewhere down the list blow cheese connoisseur and pasta aficionado, I considered myself a runner. Oh, how did that change. After nearly 2 weeks of not running, I realized that I most certainly self identify as a runner which means that when I can't, I lose myself a bit.
This happens every time that I'm hurt and can't run. I take being able to be active for granted and completely forget that I've woven it into the fabric of who I am. If I'm not a runner, who am I? Do I even exist as the Adam we know and love? It is sort of like how after day 3 of having a head cold, I completely forget what it is like to be able to taste food or not have snot running down my face.
So, this past week I put in nearly 80 miles on the bike and ran twice. Once on Friday as a test run and once today (Sunday) in an up tempo 8 mile run @ 7:07 pace. Both runs felt fine, but they were harder than they should have been and I had some tightness after I finished. I can't describe how frustrating it is to have this nagging injury and I have to admit that I really don't know what I should do from here.
Should I take more time off? I started doing yoga for runners which seemed to help - should I incorporate weight lifting again? The fortunate thing is that I don't have any races on the schedule, so I guess I can take all of the time I need. That is, as long as I can figure out something else to self identify with. I wonder how well a cheese blog would go over...
Finally the funny foto friday (even though it is Sunday - oops). The weather everywhere (except here) is pretty terrible so when I saw this pic shared I couldn't help but smile. I have to admit, the nice weather here has gone from "fun to make fun of others about" to "jeeze, I just feel sorry for you". Happy Friday!
Cold weather is cold