Surf City, Here We (Don’t) Come!

1 Feb

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!)

The medal that, for the second year in a row, eludes me. Sniff Sniff.

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!

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15 Responses to “Surf City, Here We (Don’t) Come!”

  1. runningseal February 1, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Ugh why is it taking so long to heal? Have you thought of going somewhere for a second opinion to make sure something isn’t more wrong with it. Sending you speedy healing thoughts!!

    I guess I am sort of snobby towards spinning. When I was injured and couldn’t run I just did no exercise….good for you for still doing something!! 🙂

    • Katie February 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      Haha, I had the same question, Celia! WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG?! But from the (extensive!) research I’ve done on the Runners World “injuries” forum, this particular injury is a little b!tch that likes to linger. In comparison, I haven’t had it for all that long! (hard to believe!)
      Thanks for the speedy healing thoughts!!!

  2. KristyKrsity February 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    i’ve never tried spinning. honestly, it scares me! they yell, there are all these people on bikes dying and sweating, i think it’s intimidating. of course, i’m only reporting what i observe since i never actually attended a class!

    fingers crossed for march 13 – or earlier 🙂

    • Katie February 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

      It was definitely a bit scary– which is why I went with an experienced friend! She helped me out with everything. If you ever come to NYC, I’ll do the same for you!

  3. Josie February 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Great post 🙂 Where to start….

    1) I totally hear you about letting the crazy out on long term injuries. When I was out for ages with an ITB, a physio made fun of me about my injury not being that serious. I cracked it I admit. (and then went to a new doc). But yeah, long term injuries are sooo annoying!! Hang in there.

    2) On the controversial medal issue- I don’t really see the problem if someone wants a medal. They trained for, made the effort and finished a race- why begrudge them that? Aren’t there other things in life to worry about?

    3) Never done much spinning. I went once at a NYSC. I have heard some are amazing but at $30 a pop… I wouldn’t be going to regularly unfortunately!

    • Katie February 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

      I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who went a bit nuts with an injury! It is intensely frustrating, as you seem to understand!
      Yeah, the ones I had been to were at NYSC, too. They are not nearly as intense as the fancy ones!

  4. Ben Jackson February 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I don’t know why people are so enthusiastic about spinning as opposed to, say, Tae Bo or Zumba or step aerobics or any of the other cardio fads to which we’ve borne witness. But I guess to each her own, especially with the reduced set of activities feasible while injured 😦 One needs a way to get one’s sweat on.

    • Katie February 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      Hmmm… what’s that you say? You’re coming with me to a Flywheel class? Exxxxcccelllennnnt. 😉

  5. Kimra February 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented before, but I dealt with PF a few years ago and my doctor told me off the bat that it would probably take as long for me to feel better as I’d been feeling pain. So, if I went to her after feeling pain for 3 months, the minimum amount of time I should expect to feel 100% was 3 months. That was a huge bummer at the time, but I also found it to be accurate — I was able to start running a little around the halfway point and was back to normal at 3 months. So fingers crossed for March, if not sooner!

    • Katie February 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      Thanks, Kimra! I really appreciate you commenting!!! (and keeping your fingers crossed for May! :))

      • Katie February 5, 2012 at 10:52 am #

        MARCH. I meant MARCH!!

  6. Meggie February 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    “Why is it taking so long” = story of my life! Focus on what you can do (elliptical, spinning) and not what you can’t do. Kind of take running of the table for alittle while. That helped me calm down a bit.

    Spinning = obsessed. Love both soulcycle and flywheel.

    • Katie February 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

      If only spinning were free, like running. Being injured is expensive, yo.

  7. Allie February 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    I love Flywheel and the Torque Board! Their Flybarre class is also awesome. SoulCycle is super high energy and the bikes (to me) are much closer together; they seem to have more theme rides (like the Harry Potter ride) which just adds another fun element. I’m interested to hear about “The Studio” – and Brooklyn has CycleBar which I like. But usually I just go to the spin classes at my gym, since I can’t afford fancy cycle classes very often! I take it you love the NYRR running classes? I’ve thought about doing it; good to know the March 13 date. And hope that is a great date for you!

    • Katie February 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      Ooh, Harry Potter-themed spinning? Awesome!
      I DO like the NYRR classes, mostly because they push me and force me to do drills and intervals I wouldn’t do on my own. Thanks for the good wishes! 🙂 Maybe I will see you on March 13!! 🙂

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