The Last Breath of Summer

It's hard to believe that September is already here and that Summer has come to an end. I wasn't able to run as much as I had hoped during the Summer, but I think it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

The break was beneficial and helped me rebound from burnout. Now I am enjoying my workouts and the past week was full of good ones:

Mon, 8/27:

A 6 am, 40-minute (1625-meter) swim.

That evening I had a 2-hour Thai massage, and for the first time in months, nothing hurt. Usually they are some areas that are quite painful to be worked in, but this time - nothing. It was actually an enjoyable, relaxing massage.

Tues, 8/28:

I spent an hour working out with Trainer Dave doing a TRX circuit, plus burpees.

A couple of hours later I went out for a 5-mile run of 2-minute Intervals. Needless to say that my legs were dead by the end of the day.

Wed, 8/29:

I had my 4th acupuncture treatment where I learned it's not recommended to workout afterwards. I wish I knew that earlier because it was the second visit in a row that I had planned to run after it. I left my treatment in trance-like state, but was able to recover on the BART out of the City and felt back to normal by the time I got home.

I went out for an easy 4-mile run. It was the first time in months that I ran on back-to-back days and I was very nervous about it. I was sore from Tuesday's workouts, but once I started running, everything seemed to loosen up. I ran at a snails pace, but finish feeling better than how I started.

Thurs, 8/30:

Thursday was my 3rd day in a row of running. Like Wednesday, I was nervous about how my body would feel, but it turns out I had nothing to worry about. My schedule called for a bunch of 1-minute hill repeats so I decided to run at Seal Point. There are 3 hill options there and I chose the easiest one because 1) it was the longest and 2) it was paved. I ran for a total of 45-min (4.5 miles).

Fri, 8/31:

I normally attend a 6 am Spin class on Fridays, but I was too tired to get to the gym by 6 am, nor was I sure I could make it through an entire class. So I got to the gym at around 7 am and watched a Masters swim class while riding a Spin bike on my own for 30-minutes. After that I did some PT exercises on some weights machines before my RunFit PT appointment.

That afternoon I worked out with Trainer Dave again doing another TRX circuit workout and more damn burpees (Burpees are the enemy).

Sat, 9/1:

I ran 13.04 miles for my first run of September. I started at Mission Bay in the City, and ran an out-and-back turning around at Sports Basement by Crissy Field.

I always try to start running early enough to avoid the throngs of tourists that invade the Ferry Building's Farmers Market, Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf, but this week, they beat me to it.

I spent the entire 13 miles bobbing and weaving in between tourists who don't pay attention to their surroundings. They see me coming (I mean, we even make eye contact), and they still step in front of me then get mad at me when I bump into them. Or even better, they stick their arms out, right in my face to point at something. And let's not even talk about the tourists who rent bikes (without helmets), who think they can "power" up the Fort Mason hill. A couple on a 2-seater bike FELL INTO ME trying to ride up the steep hill. And yes, I had words for them.

I never really felt comfortable during any of this run. I was crowded. My legs were tired (I blame the burpees). And, I was dehydrated despite drinking 2 Amphipod water bottles filled with Tri-Berry Nuun. It was a struggle to get through the miles, but it felt like a huge accomplishment once it was over.

Completing 3 days in a row of running was a big deal for me.

But even bigger was the fact that I had zero foot numbness during any of it. (I did have some once while foam rolling, but nothing while running). This was literally, the first time in months!

I also didn't experience any pain while running. I still have some minimal knee pain after I run (especially walking down stairs), but after icing, the recovery time is getting shorter and shorter. And the pain is gone by the time I wake up the next morning.

The same goes for the Piriformis and hip pains.

I attribute the progress to the RunFit physical therapy and acupuncture treatments – a combo of western and eastern medicine!

I am still trying to work out some stomach issues that have resurfaced but, overall, last week was a very good way to end Summer. Now it’s officially time to get excited about all the wonderful things planned for the Fall!

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