I haven’t run since my Turkey Trot. Saturday’s planned 3 miler? Didn’t happen. Sunday’s 9 miles? I didn’t even try. For the first time in 2010, I won’t be hitting 100 miles for the month. I’m not thrilled, but I’m getting close to acceptance of it. In fact, I no longer have any mileage goals for the remainder of 2010. I’ll just be happy if I can start running again soon.
After two days of complete rest, Sunday I did some walking, some leaf raking, and a few strengthening exercises. My achilles is still tender, but it no longer hurts to walk up and down stairs, so I’ll count that as progress. My plan at this point is to go for a long walk today and then try a short run on Tuesday. I also plan to join the gym on Tuesday or Wednesday.
I’m trying to look at the bright side – I’m being forced to cross train. As an older runner, it’s not a bad thing to use my muscles differently. Heck, I might even try swimming or join a class (or maybe not LOL).
Things I’ve noticed already with three days of not running behind me:
- my patience is GONE
- my house is cleaner (because I feel guilty if I stay still too long)
- my stress level is through the roof
- I have to actually think about how much I eat (luckily I’m also less hungry)
- I’m craving a run, like an ex-smoker craves a cigarette
- I think I’m going through withdrawal
If this keeps up, I’m going to have the cleanest, most clutter free house on the block and the best abs and shoulders around. Oh, and a straight jacket as I’ll have completely lost my mind. ;o)