So, I felt a stab of sadness when this email arrived in my inbox yesterday.
Yeah, I’m still signed up for this race, since I already canceled my entry and deferred LAST YEAR (due to, as mentioned in previous posts, a family member’s hospitalization.) Surf City was awesome to let me defer for one year, but I didn’t want to push my luck a second year. So if anyone is interested in running in my place, it’s all paid for and stuff. You even get a sweet medal, for those of you who are into that sort of thing. (Check out this post from one of my favorite blogs if you want to read about the argument for and against medals. I never even knew such an argument existed!)
Anyhow… yesterday, I got straight up pi$$ed. Like, so pi$$ed, I had to go into the bathroom at work and calm myself down because I really wanted to throw things and punch things. For those of you who don’t know me, this is not normal Katie behavior. I am generally pretty chill. But my foot was hurting and I could not, for the life of me, figure out WHYYYYYY. I haven’t run in nearly 3 weeks. I hadn’t even done any exercise at all since I ellipticalled it up on Friday evening. I was wearing comfy, low-heeled boots with arch-supporting inserts. I WAS DOING MY EXERCISES. SLEEPING IN MY BOOT. All that nonsense.
I informed my PT about my aching foot and my general frustration yesterday evening. (I used the word “frustrated,” because “straight up pi$$ed and wanting to punch things” makes me sound slightly psychotic– but then again, I’m posting it here on the Internet for all the world to see, so I’m not sure why I bothered editing myself.) Anyhow, he said that sometimes the stretching and stuff can activate the issue and thus, cause a flare-up. And that the road to recovery isn’t a smooth, continual upswing, but more of a bumpy road. This was a relief to hear. I also asked him if he had seen other runners with this issue fully recover and go back to running like they did before. He said that he had, and that the runners who have an issue recovering are the ones that refuse to stop running. To which I replied I thought I should get lots of points for actually stopping running, when it was the last thing I wanted to do!
So… that’s the latest on the foot. I have a date in my head that I’d like to be running by: March 13. That is the day that the spring session of the NYRR class that I took for a year and a half straight begins. I had to drop out in the middle of the fall session (which wrapped up in mid-Dec) and bow out of the winter session that is currently going on. And I have really missed that Tuesday night class. I’m a bit of a sucker for routines and I feel a bit adrift not having the class to attend each week. Anyhow, March 13th will also be MORE THAN 3 MONTHS since I got the PF diagnosis and for Pete’s sake, that’s a long-a$$ time!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last night after PT, I did something new: I went to Flywheel! My very good friend Cookie has been going for a while and talked me into attending a class with her. Prior to last night, my only experience with spinning had been at my un-fancy gym. So I never really understood why people raved about what a great and intense workout spinning was. The runner-snob in me kind of internally snubbed my nose at them, thinking, “What.Ever. Spinning is not a workout like running is a workout.”
But WOW. That is not the case at ALL at Flywheel! The hour-long class was tough and intense and I was dripping sweat by the time it ended. I LOVED IT. I mean, my first love will always be running, but while running is breaking my heart, spinning is an OK second choice! I was a bit intimidated by Flywheel, since it’s fancy and kinda expensive, ($30/session) but everyone was super nice and helpful. I’m definitely going to lose a lot of money on this, but at least it will be money well spent! Last night, T commented that he hadn’t seen me so upbeat in, well, a very long time.
What’s up with you guys? What are thoughts on spinning? Ever tried Flywheel? Or Soulcycle? What are other good studios? I have a Groupon for 3 classes at The Studio that I’ve
been putting off using been hoarding away had for a while, and now I’m kinda looking forward to giving this place a “spin.” (Har har har.)
Have a fantastic Wednesday!