so... the week before i went on vacation to florida i was hella busy. so busy in fact that i went to crossfit once (it hurt and i was SOOOOOPPPPPER sore the next day) and ran zero times that week. this proved to be my downfall as i would find out a few weeks later.
strava data here)
that run started a domino effect of ailments that have now culminated into some serious pain in the ass. i'm literally UNABLE to run without pain and certainly not at the level i've grown back to over the past 6 or so months.
notably, i also think that the fact that i have a sitting job attributes to the nerve pain i've been experiencing again.
today i went to see jerome for a sports massage at body wise milwaukee. it was fantastic. some of my pain is relieved, and i'm interested to see how running is tomorrow. i'm not expecting any miracles but i'm hoping that the pain is lessened.
it is so amazing to me how, as i've gotten older, my body no longer recovers like when i was in my 20's. of course, i rarely moved my body in my 20's other than to walk a lot of places (necessity not choice) and to shake my rump-ah in a well lubricated white girl way.
now... if i don't stretch an appropriate amount of time after physical activity... my body rebels and i'm in a world of hurt a couple of months later. aging is a bitch.
bryce in approximately 3 weeks (20 days to be exact). i'm working on transferring my 50K entry to the 1/2 marathon distance. we'll see if i get to do that. i've been patiently working with someone at vacation races but the communication is sporadic at best given that they are always gone on location at other races. we'll see... if i am unable to transfer to the shorter distance i am going to stick it out for the 50K and hope to god my body holds up. i am not ready for that distance given i've run only a handful of miles since my ice age DNF. life is cruel sometimes. *sigh*
i mean... worst case scenario... i walk the whole 50K. the cut off is 11 hours. that's like 21min/mile pace. i'm pretty sure i can manage that with some running thrown in there for good measure. do i WANT to walk a whole 50K? hell no... but if i don't have a choice i don't have a choice and i will tough that shit out like a champ.
next year i think i might have to strive for short(er) distances and see how my body tolerates that. until then... i will take this race season and try to run/race for love and not be so broken up about the competition aspect of it all. i always want to win so maybe this is a lesson in humility, slowing my roll, and learning how to love the journey.