I’m not running right now. Note how carefully worded that sentence is. It does not say, “I can’t run right now.” Because if I wanted to
injure myself and spend the first half of 2011 recuperating, I could totally go for a run right now. By choosing not to run and belatedly proactively take care of a little pain I’m having, I maintain my control over my training and my fitness.
Oh, who am I kidding? Here’s the scoop: my knee hurts and I’m taking a short break from running and riding because I should have taken more time off after the marathon. Doncha like how I say “more time” like I took any? Yeah, I think I’ve noodled out the problem. Honestly, I’m not injured, but I am definitely experiencing muscle fatigue and tightness like I’ve never felt before. It presents like knee pain, but I can bend and flex just fine. The real problem seems to be coming from my piriformis and hamstring, which are so tight they’re pulling everything out of whack (that’s a medical term, you can go look it up if you need to). Besides resting, I’m stretching and foam-rollering frequently. Yesterday, I even went and got a real live professional massage, a first for me. I abandoned the 10K race I was considering and I am now on official runnbattical for the next week or so.
This all sounds so rational and fixable while I’m writing it, but you know how you feel when you don’t exercise for a few days? Yeah, I’ve been going nuts. This afternoon I was about five minutes away from wiping “Good Mom” off my resume, and I knew I needed to get some endorphins flowing, stat (again with the medical jargon). Unfortunately, my options were pretty limited. Really, my only choice for a workout was to get in the pool. In my backyard. In the 55 degree weather. Well, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
I didn’t get any “after” pics because my hands were so numb they felt like they were on fire. I ended up swimming 500 meters in a wicked fast 11 minutes and 10 seconds (2:14/100). By “wicked fast” of course what I mean is “painfully and embarrassingly slow for normal people, but still under an Ironman cutoff pace.” I stayed in a hot shower longer than I was in the pool and then all was right in my world again.
I’m hoping to buy some sort of neoprene booties to keep my feet warm the next time I do this, because yes, there will be a next time. Probably this weekend. I’ve got big plans for 2011 – I’m doing a Half-Iron distance in May!! - and swim training starts…uhhh…now.