Back in the Hokas
|December 17, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
Lots of updates for all y’all.
First of all, that whole cooking goal…
It hasn’t really been going so well.
Or at all.
I did help my girl Meredith prepare eggplant lasagna last Sunday night.
But to say I “cooked” the meal might be a bit of a stretch considering I was assigned one task (brushing the eggplant with an olive oil/spice mixture that Meredith prepared) and right after I completed my one task, this happened:
That would be Meredith redoing my hard work…effectively erasing any claim I may have otherwise had to the production of the dish.
Whatever. As Meredith said, it was “the most I’ve ever done to help her put food on the table.”
She meant it as a compliment, but I think we can all agree that she really should be thanking me for keeping my culinary ineptness away from her food.
Second update: I am RUNNING again.
Clearly, this should have been the first update since all things running are way more important than anything involving a kitchen or a stovetop.
I still can’t tell you exactly what has been plaguing my rib cage for over a month, but I can tell you that I went from crippling pain last Friday to minimal pain on Monday.
When I walked into my Doctor’s office last Monday and excitedly reported that I’d gone from a 9 to a 2 on the pain index, he sat there smirking and shaking his head, still totally baffled about what’s wrong with my ribs. But this time, he was the happy kind of baffled, and not the “show up at my office one more time with inexplicable mystery symptoms and I’ll never let you run again, Sweaty” kind.
He was especially pleased with my progress since he’d just received results from a second set of x-rays confirming I don’t have a broken rib and was at a total loss for other tests to try and get to the bottom of the pain. (The lack of a broken rib also means I do not need to steer clear of all things sweaty until February, 2013. GREAT news for anyone who has to see me during 3 months.)
He thinks I probably had some muscle tears around the rib cage and a lot of inflammation in the area. He poked around for a few minutes and then let me skip gleefully out of his office with permission to try running again.
But before you get too excited and make plans to track me in a marathon next weekend, I should clarify that when I say I’m “running again”, I certainly don’t mean I’m back to double digit mileage, double workouts, and races every weekend. I am only running very short distances at a very slow pace.
At least I think I am. I have declared December a no-garmin zone and will be running blissfully data-free until 2013.
I still don’t know what caused this bizarre injury, but I’m embracing it as a sign that I need to slow way down for a bit. No speed workouts. No rushing to try and run a PR marathon ASAP. And no obsessing over weekly mileage on every run.
It’s time to recover (slowly), give myself a mental break from tough training, build my base back up, and then game the eff on with a totally healthy, totally rested body.
Until then, I’m going to enjoy every single mile that my ribs let me run.