Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Don't Panic...

Monday's post... that never got posted.
My theme for the day seems to be... don't panic... everything will be fine.

Running... oh running... how do I miss thee?  Let me count the ways...

I stayed off my leg all last week.  I hoped to get out to run 16 miles on Saturday, but just wasn't sure if I'd even be able to go 1.
I did go 1, and it felt so great... then my calf started to cramp up and pull.  Dang!  It hurts!!!  Probably against better judgment I pressed on, to see if I could somehow work around this... I somehow eeked out a workout, still ran 7 miles, but felt EVERY. SINGLE. STEP... and it hurt for the rest of the day!  It's not a soreness, I know what that feels like and I'm fine after I get moving.  This is some crazy knot that is shooting pain through my leg, stopping me in my tracks!

I love swimming.  I have been swimming more efficiently thus have gone farther faster... it has been great!
I love cycling.  It's great!  I can't wait to get out on my bike.
I love being able to row... I'd love to do that in real life someday.

But... they just aren't the same as running.  Add to that my goal of running a June marathon = anxiety!
I will, however be fully prepared for my July triathlon... I'm ready for most of it now.  Just not the running!

The way you prepare to run for a long time, is to run for a long time!  As great as it is to continue working out in these other disciplines, it's just not the same as being on my legs.

For yesterday's workout I swam a mile, rowed and cycled for 15 minutes, then wanted to try running, even just a couple of miles.  I went nice and slow, then almost cried as I felt that familiar pain.  Mostly out of frustration.  A quick way to depress my spirit is to keep me from being able to run!

I just needed to run, so I kept on... telling myself... don't panic.
But I am, I'm afraid of losing what I've built.  I don't want to lose speed and endurance.  I want to build, I want to improve.  I won't lose endurance aerobically, but if I don't run, will I lose muscle endurance?
Don't panic...
Running will always be here.  There will always be a race.  You don't always have to PR.  It would even be ok to run this marathon if I don't run 16 miles for another couple of weeks.  Don't panic!  You will be fine.

I will try to do just a little bit of running each day and see if I can work this thing out of my leg.  Resting didn't work.  I won't go turbo on distance, but I want to at least get a little in each day.

Here is what last week's workouts looked like..
Monday: Tried to run... got half mile out and had to walk home.  The weekend off didn't make me better.  This is when I committed to a week off my leg.
Tuesday: Swim 2400 meters, bike 12 miles w/ hill intervals
Wednesday: Yogalates 1 hr.  Bike 20 minutes.  Row 15 minutes
Thursday: rest
Friday: Swim 2300 meters.  Bike 30 minutes
Saturday: Run 7 miles with some breaks @ 8 pace.


I was sick to my stomach this morning... not 100% why, but it had to do with our choice, regarding our future.  I've been dying to talk to M and he has been BUSY!!!
I finally felt a wave of relief in the early afternoon... We are going to be great!  Our opportunities are fantastic, M is going to be happy... don't panic!

We had an interesting weekend.  It has been a thought provoking weekend.
We should be jumping for joy, but we've been a little somber...
There are decisions to be made and our future still is unclear at the moment!

General Conference was wonderful.  I was uplifted.
I organized my craft room while I listened... played with my ribbon, moved it around.  Reorganized my hair accessories and finally did my curtain project.  This room, that never seems to be cleaned, is going through a little spring cleaning!

I have ribbon everywhere!  I have drawers of it, and some of it hangs out at my scrapbooking desk.  I also have some on top of my corner desk, for hair stuff, as well as a photo box full of it!

I moved all of my 'craft' ribbon over to my scrapbooking desk.

I had purple and brown ribbon hanging there before.

I reorganized my drawers from 'fatter' and 'skinny' ribbon, to 'solids' and 'patterned'.  I seem to search for them that way right now.  They are grouped by color too.

Now, on top of my desk are just solid ribbons that I can use to cover headbands or for the base of bows.
I'll walk you through all of it when I take you on a tour of my craft room... after it's clean!


  1. Sorry your leg is bothering you! I know it must be killing you not to be able to run!!!

    1. Indeed... but, so I don't get dead I keep running!
      Matt said he saw you today at the JCC!
      Now that would kill me! Getting up early to work out! :)

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your leg! I hate running injuries and it's especially so hard for me to be patient when I'm injured! I hope you heal quickly. I love your "Don't Panic" reminder because I tend to panic all the time! I also LOVED General Conference SO MUCH and am so sad it's over. It was the perfect spiritual recharge for me.

  3. Have you had the leg checked out? Definitely don't push through, because you love running way too much to cause yourself a long term problem! For me, this wouldn't be a problem at all, since I hate running:) Off to yoga... (ribbons look great!)

    1. LOL!! Yes, I recall you saying running's not your thing! I think I could for sure love yoga.. I've only done some CD's, I'd love to take a good class.


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