Sunday, February 22, 2015

Running update and Funny Foto Friday

Men are interesting creatures. Behind all of the body hair and massive amounts of sweat we're honestly quite simple to figure out.  That is, until we're not.

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, to say that I was getting a bit antsy and frustrated mid this week would be the understatement of the year. After a very sore glut / hamstring / knee, I pulled the plug on running and essentially moped around for a week. The reason for the drastic action was that I was limping while NOT running throughout the day - usually my normal canary in the coalmine. But, once the pain and tightness subsided a week or so after stopping running, I hoped on the bike to try to gain some sort of sanity. And, it worked.... kind of.

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

4 comments: said...

I need to send you a message. Hamstrings are tricky and I would get a deep tissue massage to really loosen everything up. I honestly think it could work wonders!

Sorry to hear about the issues in the first place though and see you soon!

Sue's Ramblings said...

i know exactly how it feels like not being able to run and then when you see friends' posting on FB, that tad of jealousy (or maybe a lot of it!). sending speedy recovery wishes your way, adam.

Pam @ said...

I'm straddling the fence between injured and healthy right now too. I took 9 days off and with a couple of visits to my chiropractor I was able to at least finish my half marathon yesterday. I'm kinda paying for it today though although it's still better than it was. I started off with several issues in my right hip/thigh/glute/hamstring area. Now all that's left is what I think is hip flexor tendonitis or maybe just a severe upper quad strain. I'm gonna see him again this week and probably schedule a deep tissue massage too. Hope we both feel better soon!

drdave said...

I have to agree with Pam on this one. Of course I am a little biased, being a chiropractor and all.
Seriously, I have issues with my left hamstring and adductors that always seem arise when my pelvis is locked up. A couple adjustments and I am good as gold....well maybe a little tarnished silver!
Good luck.