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I ran…I ran so far away

Heh, okay not really, but I DID run a mile today.

Today was my first official day back at counting points.  My life has gotten back to a somewhat normal status.  The play is running smoothly so we don’t even have to have a pick up rehearsal this week and my cold is finally fading.  My IT band was healed long ago so I really don’t have any more excuses.

Yesterday I prepared some low point chicken wraps for lunches and stocked up at the store on soups and bagel thins.  I portioned out cereal and crackers and all that good stuff and I feel like I am back in a good place.

Today I brought my running shoes to work but by eleven I had all but talked myself out of going for a walk.  The excuses were thin at best.  “It’s warm outside.”  “Michaelle’s husband is bringing the babies and I want to play with the babies.”  “I kinda feel like my cold is coming back, maybe I should just nap on the couch instead.”

So I told myself that I would just go out and walk until I didn’t want to anymore.  Even if that meant stopping after five minutes.  Well three minutes into the walk I was running, and I continued to run until my nike + GPS app said I had run a mile.

And I felt SO GOOD!  I can’t express how good it felt to run again!!  Now don’t get me wrong, my shins were on fire and I was sweating like a pig but I really felt the …I’m reaching for the word here, but I felt IT.  I felt that strong desire to run, the great appreciation of being out in the sunshine, the stress releasing from my body with every footstep that pounded the pavement.  The very feeling that got me so addicted in the first place.

It was so incredible to finally feel it once more.  I’m not letting it get away from me again.

 

Running–The New Anti Depressant!

Okay so when I last left you dear readers I had a raging case of PMS and was being very down on myself for not running.
It seems the two are related.  I took four days off of running and was miserable all four days.  Like seriously falling into a depression.  I have also noticed this on my days off in the past, I just never let it go passed one day off usually before I start running again.
Well what started with my usual Friday off extended through Saturday and Sunday due to my period and really bad cramps but I had every intention of getting back to my lunchtime runs at work on Monday.
The universe had other plans for me.
At any rate, it may be working for the best right now since we are down to one car and this is the end of quarter at Rob’s work I have to get up early and come in an hour early every day this week.  Perfect time to get my run in while I have nothing else to do and it is nice and foggy and cool out!
So today I started back up after four days and was able to run for 30 whole minutes–a new record for me.  I was running about a 13.5 minute mile, just a light jog really but since I was doing it more for endurance than distance or intensity it was perfect.  I was very proud of myself and to further the proof that I need to exercise to feel better(duh really?) I was in a good mood all day.
It’s so odd to me that I’ve been on anti-depressants for most of my adult life and all along I could have just taken up running??  :-D   Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to leap off my prescription or anything and I know it isn’t that easy but it is nice to know when I find myself falling into a funk that a quick jog might be able to perk me out of it.  I will experiment more and report back later!
The bad news is that I think I may have overdone it a bit today.  As I was finishing up my run I felt my hips start to hurt a little. Soon after I discovered my right thigh in the front was really stiff and sore when I stepped on it after sitting for a bit.  I iced it for awhile at my desk and after walking on it a bit it was fine but it would still flare up after I had been sitting a while.  It also changed position from my thigh into my knee for a bit than back to my thigh.  The thing that kind of bothers me is that it almost is reminding me of when I had a pinched nerve in the way the pain is changing position and acting in general.
I bought some icy-hot on the way home so I think I am going to go draw a hot bath and then use some of that to see if it helps at all.
So tell me, do you get depressed on the days you don’t work out?