2-Week Hiatus

Wow. My last post was 14 days ago. That’s a long time. Two Sundays ago I set out to run 16-miles. My left leg was feeling much better and I was looking forward to seeing how it held up. It didn’t fail me and I was able to finish the run feeling pretty good at the end. Later, in the shower, my right leg (aka the good one) cramped up really bad. I mean, bad. I could hardly even limp. It was awful. My bad leg was now good, and my good leg was now bad.

It was frustrating and I felt completely unmotivated. I went 3 whole days without doing anything type of workout. Nothing. Nada. In the past 6 1/2 years, that has only happened when I’ve traveled. I have never taken 3 whole days off from working off - not even when I was sick. I spent a lot of the extra time massaging my leg, trying to work out the knots but the dull ache persisted.

I finally got around to working out again with a weight training session with my trainer. I actually thought about canceling it, but I knew I needed something to pull me out of my funk and get me going in the right direction again. It worked. I put in some workouts on Friday and Saturday, then went for a 10-mile run on Sunday.

I woke up on Sunday earlier than I would have liked, but after taking those first few steps out of bed, I realized that both legs felt normal. I was shocked. I was very apprehensive during the first couple miles of the run, afraid that the discomfort would return. Eventually I realized that I felt fine and was able to finish it without any problems. But that’s how I felt after 16, so I knew I’d have to wait to see how I felt afterward. And that could be summed up in 1 word - stiff. No pain, just stiff. Stiff enough that I skipped my run this morning. I probably could have pushed my way through it, but I really felt the need to stretch instead (see, I knew I should’ve gone to yoga last night). The Portland Marathon is now less than 2 weeks away. Despite the setbacks, I’m not all that worried about it. I mean, after all, I have 8 hours to finish it, and really, that’s all I’m looking forward to doing - finishing it.

In other news, my San Francisco Giants lead the NL West by 1 game, with 6 games left to go. And I’ll be going to 3 of the last 6 games. Its nerve-wracking and I am glued to watching every single pitch; not sure how I’ll make it through the next 6 days....