Last time I posted, in *January*, Maine was in a deep freeze and I was complaining about plantar fasciitis. Let’s just say, in all respects, it was a LONG winter, weather-wise and exercise-wise.
I just couldn’t get myself to deal with the gym and do the therapeutic workouts on the rowing machine or elliptical. I’m not a gym girl. So, I made up my own workout – not the same cardio as running, but a regular routine that worked on strength. It helped me keep focus and I stayed generally fit.
Ever heard of a Bodyblade? Neither had I. And then I tried one out and … it is one serious piece of equipment. It’s a long piece of fiberglass with weights on the end and a handle in the middle. You grip the middle, and cause a rhythmic motion and that works *everything*.
Here is the Bodyblade:
So, anyway, I had a routine of the Bodyblade, 40 lunges, and a 7 lb kettlebell, 6 days a week. To deal with the foot issue, I rolled out my foot on a special (not so nice) nobby ball that was supposed to help loosen up the tight fascia in my foot. Then, along with those exercises, I slowly started running again. Just 2 miles at a time, a couple times per week. Then 3 miles. Then 2 or 3, etc. And now, I’m getting some real mileage back.
However, I am not completely recovered from the plantar fasciitis, so I have to do the following:
1. run with tight tape (and yes, the angle of this photo does make my ankle look really, really strange. It doesn’t really look like that.)
2. A post-run ice bath for my poor foot.
3. Then, a therapeutic compression sock especially for plantar fasciitis (and I have to sleep with the sock on, too!)
The good news is that I’m actually getting somewhere. I logged over 20 miles last week, with an 8 miler last Sunday. (Though, I stopped at mile 7 for a quick hello to a neighbor who was outside in his driveway, and then it was actually a 15 min chat, so I got a bit of a rest before getting that last mile in.)
And, if you’ve read this blog before, or if you actually know me in person, then you know that there is a probably a goal embedded in this mileage effort. Indeed, multiple goals exist.
For instance, I no longer have horses. This leaves a huge hole in my life for a lot of reasons, including regular exercise and a daily time commitment to caring for them. Running takes time and effort and planning, so it helps to fill that tremendous void of an effort that I loved so much. In this way, my goal is to use running to distract myself from the loss, finding an alternative outlet.
Also, running connects me to other people, though I mostly run alone. But, I know that Janet and Margaret are there, working on their own goals, logging their miles in achievement, with focus. And, sometimes we’ll run together. Margaret will be in Maine for the 4th of July. I am running the LLBean 10k on that day with a couple of friends from work, and Margaret will join us. 🙂 Janet is coaching a Couch to 5K group, so she’ll be with them on the 4th.
And, running is helping me keep my head together as there are days when the intense push-pull of my life could get me so mixed up that I would want to just stand still. But running keeps me moving forward – literally and figuratively.
So, I’m on the road again. I am aiming for October 5 – either the Maine Half Marathon or the Maine Marathon, depending on what I’m ready for. Janet really wants to do the Philly marathon again, but it’s so late in November this year that it puts the heavy distance training during my busiest travel time which is pretty complicated. But, as Janet pointed out, Philly is relatively flat and has fans cheering for the whole 26.2 miles. Maine is hilly, 1/10 of the runners, and not so many fans. It’s lonely and hard. I’m not sure I need lonely and hard. So maybe Janet and I will just do the half marathon on Oct 5th and then decide about Philly. Too soon to say.
However, I just went out and planted a water stop for tomorrow morning’s run – I am going to head out before it’s too hot and just see how far I can go….