I’m lacking motivation to blog and read blogs this week for a few reasons. I’m back at school after an extended break and I’m getting used to my normal schedule again. Also, I’m not running right now. That confuses my mind and body to high heavens. Though I’m still working out, I get so thrown off when it’s not a mid-distance run on Wednesday and speed on Monday/Thursday with a long run on Saturday. My mind just warps into the world of feeling like a slug.
I swam for 45 minutes on Monday and biked for 45 minutes today, so I have no idea why in the world I feel like I haven’t done anything. There’s something so lovely and horrible at the same time about running as my constant and steady form of exercise. It hurts to go fast, but when I finish I get a certain rush and carry around a certain glisten that reminds me how good it feels to work myself in that way. Though I’ve signed up for a triathlon (and a mock tri and a duathlon, but who’s counting), swimming and biking still aren’t ways that I am able to gauge an effort (yet).
In the pool I get out wet (obviously?), so I have no idea if/how much I sweat, and with the bike I have a hard time creating workouts or knowing the difference between hard and easy cycling on the flat land that is Florida. I guess I rely on sweat and breathing to tell the difference between a hard day and an easy day, and this cross training just doesn’t provide it for me as well as running does. I guess I’m just in a funk. Excuse me for typing without thinking or editing myself.
An update on my ankle…
After running speed work on Thursday and waking up in pain on Friday, I decided to take some time off of running. It hadn’t really helped much, as walking hurt and my peroneal tendon was swollen, until I took yesterday off completely from all exercise. I woke up today and could walk around more easily. I’m hoping this means I’m on the mend.
I’m still not going to start running anywhere…I am signed up for a mock triathlon on Saturday to practice swimming followed by biking followed by running as well as the transitions between the three sports, but if I start running and it hurts, I just won’t run. I can still do all the other sports without pain, so I’ll do that and the transitions and go from there.
And why is this all so frustrating? Well, my original goal half for the spring was going to be the Iron Girl Half in Clearwater. That’s the reason I’ve been running bridges and practicing hills. It’s next weekend. This ankle has now kept me from running normally for the equivalent of a week’s time. It’s unfortunate that it has happened two weeks before what was to be my goal half. And it’s leading me to re-evaluating the race. At this point, I’m still planning on doing it. If my ankle continues to hurt, I won’t do it. If my ankle gets better and stays better and doesn’t hurt, I’ll do my best at the race and see what happens. If I can start the race and then it starts hurting, I’ll pull up and walk. More on that as I see where this ankle goes.
A few things that are making me happy right now, to brighten up this post…
What’s making you happy right now? Did you binge on Easter candy? Have you ever done a sugar/white starch detox?