Thursday, April 9, 2015

A shift in the tide

On Tuesday, I received the approval to run again.

No one can white man dance like Stephen Colbert

Yet, here it is Thursday and I have yet to run a single mile except to the fridge in-between commercials.  But, I biked for an hour on Wednesday and today (Thursday) am getting ready to go bike and maybe hop on the elliptical….up in the gym just a working on my fitness….

I know Ross, I know.

I am starting to get the sense that my body is sort of like a broken down car. You’re broken down on the side of the road and proceed to refill the gas tank, replace the sparkplugs, and jumpstart the battery, only to find out that someone stole all of the wheels so you’re not really going anywhere anytime soon. So, no sooner did I figure out my hamstring/butt issues than I found out that I have bursitis in my knee. Bummer.

So, no running until the swelling and inflammation goes down.  Possibly later this weekend? Who knows.  The GOOD news is that I don’t have to go to the PT guy again until I go on a test run. It is like saving $150 a week without doing anything! I think that earns me a beer.

Fortunately, just like you can jam out listening to the radio in a car without wheels, I can (shockingly) continue to bike and do the elliptical while waiting for my body to cooperate. I’m not one to argue, so a biking I will go.

As the days and weeks have turned into months, I can’t help but wonder if this is the beginning of a change in the tide. Long have I rode the 100% running wave. I had no time or patience for anything that didn’t directly push forward my running goals. But, is it time for me to get serious about hanging up my running shoes part time and start to consider non-running activities not as cross training for running but instead as separate fitness events in their own right?

While certainly a Chicken Little statement, I can’t help but wonder if the lingering and compounding nature of my current injury is foreshadowing of the years to come.  I don’t think that it will be a major change in my activities, but certainly a complete tidal shift in my way of thought.  I’m honestly not sure WHAT the change will be, but I suppose I will stop looking at biking or core work as “this will increase my Vo2 max” or “this will help reduce my lateral side to side movement and direct more power to my legs” and instead “this will improve my overall fitness”.

But, who knows… Shortly before I ran Boston I had a stress fracture and had many similar thoughts. No sooner was I healed than my bike was cast aside like an empty beer bottle at a frat party. Unfortunately, I’m not 20 years old and will likely need to give my body a break every so often. I wonder if car dancing is low impact?

Since this post was a bit of a downer (maybe?) here is a pic of my son finding his easter basket. 
That easter bunny is SNEAKY.


Laura said...

I am SO excited that you're giving the elliptical a shot! Can't wait to hear how it goes :)

Nick Althoff said...

You should try crossfit. At least go to 1 class. it only takes an hour a day 2-3 days a week. Much less time than running 50 miles a week. Classes are usually almost any time of the day too. typically the first classes are free! I love it!

Sue's Ramblings said...

how did the elliptical session go???? :P

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Welcome to getting older...hope the running and new cross training regimen go well