I haven't talked much about running lately because, well, there's nothing to tell. To be honest, I haven't done much of anything since everything started back in mid-December. Things were finally starting to get better, thanks to my physiotherapist and I was able to run for five minutes at a time again! I even managed to get in one great run with three sets of Run5/Walk2.
And then, everything went to shit again. Tight calves, tight feet, problems with my arthritis which had never really recovered from December. Its my own fault though: I slacked off with my stretching and strengthening exercises when I got some sort of cold / flu thing around New Years and then I was sidelined with the stomach flu in mid-January. I just haven't been able to get back in the groove.
|Its okay Momma, I love you whether you run or not. Just give me catnip and snuggles.|
The little bit of movement I've been doing has been walking. I'll admit it; I've really missed it. At my best, I was on the treadmill walking four or five times a week. Part of what I'm really enjoying again: no pain, discomfort or muscle problems (the arthritis is still a both but I've gotten used to it). Its nice to not worry about everything from the knees down tightening up each time I lace up my runners.
I don't know what's going to happen in terms of running in the future. I know that right now I'm not enjoying it and I made a promise to myself when I started up again last year that I would only run if I was. For now then, I walk and when the weather warms up, I'll pull Cherie out of the closet and take her for a spin.
The half marathon is still on for October. There's no turning back as flights are booked and registration paid for. I have no problem walking the course if that's what happens. Its more important that I finish. I'd like to be able to say that I RAN a half marathon but I'm not going to force my body to do it if its telling me not to. The stretching and the exercises resumes today and the walking continues until further notice, perhaps with the occasional yoga session thrown in for extra help. I can't wait to get outside and enjoy some sunshine (yes, I am officially ready for spring!).
|My "official" time.|
While I had planned on running a 5K this month, as you can guess based on what I've just written, it didn't go as planned. I started off running (sets of three minutes). I ended up more than half of it when my foot started to cramp up and I got frustrated. I glad to just be moving these days; I've been reverting to a sloth-like state since 2014 began. Now I just wait for my medal to arrive!