Ahhhh... Another year older now and, so far, my new age fits pretty well :)
I decided to kick off the day following my birthday with a bit of a blog overhaul. While it is more like a revamping of the previous look, it is a change nonetheless. Hey, baby steps :) I kid you not, I played around with a dozen other layouts and thingies and after what was probably hours, I ended up picking a layout that is almost identical to my previous layout :) Heh, go figure.
It's been a full two WEEKS since I've taken a single running step. And, you know what? It's not horrible. But I don't really recommend it if you enjoy being sane and normal ;) Those two gnarly blisters I got under my big toenails brought me to my knees (on a "manageable pain" day, the feeling was akin to what I imagine it feels like to have your nails yanked off with pliers...nice, huh?). So, after a week of no running, Geof had had enough. He set up his road bike on the bike trainer and demanded that I ride. I resisted for a short bit, staring down the foreign contraption with laser eyes. I poked and prodded it, circled it, and then decided maybe I'd give it a shot, but I wasn't happy about it...
I'm thinking maybe I should write an Ode to the Bike Trainer blog post! But, that would be sacrilege on this running blog :-) So I will simply state that said Trainer has been a godsend for me this past week. I get to move my legs and sweat like a pig all without leaving the apartment! I was lamenting how high maintenance every other activity is compared to running, so this was a perfect solution. Plus, my new bike is now in the construction phase so I look forward to its arrival in the coming weeks, bam!
Sidenote: Dornbox Bikes is the place to go if you're looking for a top notch, custom made ride sure to turn heads. Chris Dornbach is a genius...which is really good because I know NOTHING about bikes, other than that they have two wheels and a seat :)
Anyhow, the blistery toes are on the mend finally and it's looking like running is indeed in my future :) You know when you get in a spot where you can't do a whole lot (injury/setback, gross blisters, etc.) and you feel like you'll never run again? (I know, talk about dramatic.) Know that eventually you do get to the other side of it. You will run again. That's how we humans roll. I'm now trying to use my forced down time as time to work on some weak areas...hips, glutes, calves, feet...so that when I do return to running I'm not right back where I left off, expecting new results. That's the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again while expecting the outcome to be different. Working on the weak stuff, while NOT running, will hopefully position me better. I'm also thinking about revamping my approach to running...low mileage still (under 40-50 mpw), but shuffling things around and adding a little bit of (but not too much) speed work. We'll see, plenty of time to work on this in my non-running state :) I also need to start some research on new road shoes. It has come to my attention that my feet are now just wide enough that I can't wear my road shoes without getting an annoying side-of-the-ball-of-my-foot blister. Any suggestions for cushioney, neutral road delights? We already know how much I love my trail shoes :)
Back to my baby steps...