Saturday, February 16, 2013

Resting on a Saturday afternoon

An NSV for me!  And one I just tried today because
bath sheets will not stay around me anymore. I can wear a
regular sized towel. When I was my heaviest, a bath
sheet wouldn't fit around me!
I have to BEST readers in the world.  Thank you all for your words of concern and encouragement from my last post.  I read my comments carefully and thought I'd respond to all of them in this post.  I love getting comments and please fell free to voice/express yourself however you feel fit. I welcome constructive criticism and have a pretty thick skin, so don't feel timid or shy.

I admit, I am a bit of a running fanatic.  You are absolutely right Paula.  I have replaced one addiction for another.  That being said, you really can have too much of a good thing.  Running is good for me, yes.  But pushing myself too hard can be counter productive.  If I was healthy right now, I don't think I would be as fatigued with my training schedule.  Not only was I keeping up the 5 days a week training, but I'm also doing physio 3x per week and stretching and exercises 2x per day.  That with my hectic work schedule has me tired.  Good point well taken Paula.  And just for the record, I would never kill you:)

You are absolutely right Steve, I am burning the candle at both ends.  And it will catch up with me in negative way.  I really want to run my half marathon pain free, so I have scaled back my training a bit early.  I am still running my long run tomorrow (20K or 12.5M), but I DID NOT run today.  You heard it here first folks.  I skipped another run.  I'm feeling a bit antsy, but I'll cope.  Lynn mentioned that I could be over training, and again, if I was healthy, I think I would be okay.  But Lynn, you could be absolutely right.  With my injury, I may be over doing it.  Thanks for the advice and food for thought Lynn and Steve!

I had a massage yesterday morning and I actually cried.  Not sobbing, but tears came out of my eyes.  I had another muscle knot in my calf, and Mark stripped it real good.  Much harder than he did the last time.  I have honestly never felt pain like that before in my life.  The downside was the pain, the upside is the knot is completely gone.  I had a great physio appointment yesterday. Graham stretched me out really good and when I left, I felt no pain in my hamstring.  I also felt no pain this morning when I woke up.  And I still feel no pain.  I am super excited that, fingers crossed, I may be running my long run tomorrow pain free!

Vanessa suggested that maybe I should change up my exercise a bit and try something new.  I have actually been thinking about this a lot lately.  I would love to try cycling in the spring, and I remember my gal Dawn talking about a cycling group she rides with or used to ride with on Sundays.  I may give it a try.  They ride with people of all levels of cycling, so it sounds like something right up my alley.  Thanks for the suggestion Vanessa!

And last but not least Connie!  I actually bought the dress with the $1000 gift card they gave me. Everything I wore was borrowed.  Shoes, accessories, clothes.  I wore the outfits for the show, and everything was returned to the store with original tags.  Well, with the exception of the Spanx. That they let me keep (thank goodness)!

This cracks me up!  I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little obsessed
with running a marathon...