Well, hello. Long time, no blog, right?
When last we talked, I had decided not to run the Philadelphia Marathon. Since then, I took a full month off from running. The longest break I’ve taken since September 2011 (I think). I still worked out, swapping the elliptical and stationary bike for the treadmill, but I didn’t lace up my running shoes once.
After weeks of no running, I finally saw the doctor last Monday. The diagnosis? Stress syndrome aka shin splints. Huzzah! It’s not a fracture. I don’t think I can understate how relieved I was to not have a fracture. I’m allowed to ease back into running, with at least one day off in between runs. I’m not currently registered for any big races, so I’m free to take my time building my running base. I know I’ve lost speed, but honestly right now I really don’t care about that. I’m just happy to be running again. Although I’ve totally forgotten how to dress who the cold weather. I was a tad overdressed for the 2 miles I ran over the weekend.
When not slowly plotting my running comeback, I’ve been trying out the PiYo workout series I’ve heard so much about. I’m just over a week in and so far I’m a fan. The workouts are short, need no equipment, and so far have kicked my butt. Since I stopped going to yoga regularly, I’ve noticed a lot more tightness, especially in my hip flexors. My hope is that PiYo will help work out some of the kinks that come from sitting at a desk all day and weeks of marathon training. I’m also been participating in the challenge groups that Cyanne over at Run Stretch Go has been hosting the past two months. They’ve been great for helping me with some accountability now that I’m not training for anything. (Check out Cyanne’s blog for more info on the groups – including the Holiday Survival Group that starts right after Thanksgiving).
In between all this not marathon training, I escaped for an adventure. Thanks to a work conference, I spent the first week of November in Amsterdam! The conference was only two days, so I had plenty of time to explore the city on my own! including a side trip to Belgium for an afternoon. Where I tried to sample all the chocolate in the country. It was an incredible trip, and the first real vacation I’ve taken in,I don’t even know how long.
So that’s what has been going on for the past month. Oh, that and work being crazy busy (another reason for the no blogging, no desire to look at a computer at the end of the day). But it’s my favorite holiday next week, followed by my birthday, and then of course Christmas. Fun times indeed.
Now it’s your turn! What’s new in your life? Tell me about it!