I’m actually trying something new

If you’ve known me for any significant length of time, you know that under this “risk taking” exterior, I’m actually sort of comfort-driven. I think it’s the Taurus in me…I just really find solace in knowing what to expect. It doesn’t matter if it’s traveling or kids or school, I like to know what’s coming. I order the same things at restaurants and when I don’t, I usually regret it. This year, for the first time since college, I bought a pair of running shoes that weren’t Nikes (they are Sauconys and I love them).

So you can imagine that it takes something big to get me out of my routine. Today I came to the realization that I have to change it up. For the past couple of months, I’ve been running. A lot for me. Usually 20-28 miles a week. A side effect of upping my mileage is that I didn’t keep lifting and stretching, so my IT band starting getting tight and I started to hurt. So I bought a foam roller and started stretching and it felt better. Not gone, just better. Then I had a week where I didn’t stretch or roll. At all. And I started limping. And it hurt. I started talking to my internet running people and I realized that I probably let that IT band business turn into hip bursitis (or the early stages of it).

It’s not really in the cards/budget/plans to head in for therapy, so I’m working at home on it. Stretches, hip work, some old hurdle drills…and rest. I’ve run once in the last week, which sucks more than I can explain right now. I feel myself getting so close to becoming a slug again. I worry about gaining weight back, about losing fitness, about my new clothes getting too tight. It’s a problem, and I know that. So I’m going to be proactive. I’m going to do what I can.

I’m going to do something new.

Tomorrow morning, I’m pulling on the only swimming-appropriate suit I own and borrowing my husband’s goggles and swim cap. I’m driving to our gym and I’m going to swim. Like a real swimmer. I’m going to do the front crawl. It’s probably going to be hilarious. I have no idea how to do it. I can’t do turns. All I really know how to do is breaststroke. I don’t know what to expect, but I’m going anyway.

Of course, I have a water running workout already in my head if this whole swim thing doesn’t work out, but I have to try this. I need the challenge, I need the workout, I need to move.

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