cross training, Injury, Uncategorized

Spring Awakening?

…or back from the dead?

So, I had a couple of setbacks after my last post that left me wondering if I would ever return to blogging about running. The first was that I got sick right before One Epic Run and ended up not running it at all (weather was a wintry mix that weekend and didn’t want to risk getting even sicker by showing up anyway).

About a month later, in mid-January, I went out for my usual Wednesday morning 8-mile run and felt my right calf muscle tighten up out of nowhere, making it painful to run. It felt like a Charlie horse, but…long story short, I wasn’t able to run for two months and just did elliptical and stationary bike workouts at the gym for exercise until a massage followed by a few days completely off in March got me to the point where I could start back again – gradually. It’s been about six weeks now, and I’ve built back up to being able to run 11 miles at Harbison. (I can probably do more, but that will have to wait until this weekend.)

I wish I hadn’t spent so much time away, but…it’s hard (I find) to write about something you want to be doing but can’t for whatever reason. Anyone out there who’s a diehard runner and suffered through an injury knows what it’s like to be sidelined. It’s even worse when you have an event coming up that you trained for; thankfully, that wasn’t the case for me this time around.

I don’t really know what else to say right now, except that lately – since I got my running legs back – I’ve found myself thinking more and more about blogging again. For better or worse, no matter how fledgling the blog and how many people are reading it so far…this is what I feel like I was meant to do. Not a directive from the Heavens, just the natural order of things. (Maybe they’re one in the same?) When I’m doing what I want to be doing with my day, I’m running, cooking and sharing with others either by cooking for them or by writing about it.

So my out-of-the-blue resolution is to resume doing just that, keeping in mind the wise words of Robert Louis Stevenson:

Loving the journey has gotten me through rough patches before, and it will again, I’m sure…

No special diets or cleanses such as I chronicled back in October, just the creations I come up with in my kitchen on a regular basis (or find through various sources and make my own). And my public challenge for myself is that if I should happen to become injured again anytime soon, I will talk about it, hopefully in a manner that you will find useful in your own running life, including what I’m doing about it and what I’m doing instead in the meantime.

And sharing what I’m eating, of course. Because the way I see it, you ain’t living if you ain’t cooking. Especially if you’re a runner.

So let’s hear from you now! What was it like the last time you were injured? How long were you injured, and what did you do while you were not able to run? Let me know in the comments!

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