So it’s been a while! Let me explain…
Like most runners, when things aren’t going well I just don’t want to talk about it. I kept wanting to write about it since it’s suppose to be therapeutic right? Not always. I’d start writing and then get so upset I decided to just let it be. Much like this post. I’ve probably rewritten it four times, each time starting to talk about the last few weeks then deleting it. I’m not going to get into it right now, not while I’m gearing myself back up!
THE GOOD NEWS is that after about three weeks, I’m running again pain free and it’s such a relief! I’m not putting in very many miles but I’m out there and it feels amazing! My endorphins are pumping and my mood’s improved. Ladies and Gents, I’m back in the game! I’ve had to make some adjustments and I’ve learned a lot but that’s what this is all about!
Yoga’s become a staple for me. I do it quite regularly now. I still can’t touch my toes and I don’t feel very flexible but I’m rarely sore. That doesn’t mean I’m not getting a good workout. Yoga kicks my butt most days I just do some restorative stretches when I’m done. I like to work out at home and boycott gyms. I find that they overcharge (at least in Toronto) and that I just don’t need them! Not to mention signing up for a gym membership these days is like signing a mortgage. I’m a contract-a-phobe so working out in the home and outside is perfect for me. I can’t wait until Erin Motz’s My YogaPro launches online. I’ll be all over that!
Spin! I’m the kind of person who needs that cardio. I need to sweat to feel like I’ve accomplished something! I usually spin at home with my baby hooked up to the trainer. There’s something about someone yelling at you though that just pushes you to the next level. I’ve started going to spin classes at least once every two weeks just to get my ass totally kicked ;) Another plus is that I can feel spring coming. I know it’s just around the corner and then I can start cycling again. I’ll probably still keep up the biweekly spin classes though. Who doesn’t love a good ass kicking now and then?
Swimming. Ok, a little bit about me. I can’t swim! I flail around to what kind of resembles swimming but I really don’t know what I’m doing. When Lindsey suggested I start swimming I got really nervous. I’m working on my form but I’m not going to lie, it’s terrible and I definitely stand out in the pool. It’s still a work out though and I’m sure one day I’ll look back at where I am now and laugh. I should add that I’m looking to join swimming lessons to help me out a bit. I’ll have it down eventually! I’m glad she added this in. I’ve always wanted to do a triathlon but the swimming part gave me anxiety just thinking about it. I’ve heard horror stories about getting kicked, hypoxic and disoriented so I shied away from the sport. This might just be the kick I need to finally sign up for one. I’ve other things on my plate right now but it’s coming, I can feel it!
Shoes. Alright, I may have grown up a tomboy but that shoe fever that womyn get? I’ve got it bad. I can’t help it. I love a sexy shoe even if it is a runner! With the knee pains, it was suggested that I get new shoes. AH! In the past, the lighter the shoe the better. I find them so comfortable. I used to struggle with the bulkiness of shoes and it drove me nuts. Then the minimalist movement took off with a bang, I was in heaven and jumped right on board! Looking back on it, it was that fever and not sense that got to me. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great if your gait can support that type of shoe but I know now that mine can’t. When it was suggested that I try a new pair of runners I knew it was a good idea but I didn’t want to give up my beauties! I went to Blacktoe (a local running store I had been hearing so much about) for some help and to my surprise I was face to face with Rejean Chiasson! I wasn’t expecting it and I’m somewhat of a quiet person. I had so many questions I wanted to ask him but I kept it to the shoes! Maybe next time I’ll pick his brain ;) Anyways, he let me try on a million pairs of shoes and I decided on some New Balance 890v4’s and we both had a good laugh because the ones I liked were blue/pink, super ugly and they didn’t have any other colour. Honestly, so ugly! I swallowed the big lump in my throat and bought them. Even as I got in my car I thought I should go back and return them for something better looking but really Amber?! Comfort over style? Who are you? lol I brought them home, put them on right away and went on a dirty rainy run so I couldn’t return them if I changed my mind. The good news here is that I’ve found their inner beauty!
The most important thing I took in from my ‘break’ from running was the importance of stretching. I always did it but now I do it a lot. Trust me, don’t ever skip out on them. Even if you feel like a million bucks, DO THEM. If you don’t, one day injury will plague you! It’s only a few minutes of your time and it’ll help stave off injury. I’ve learned to enjoy it quite a bit. Even on the days that I don’t run I’m doing lunges, squats and foam rolling.
So there it is, a few changes! I’ve unfortunately had to put a hold on my plans to finish my first marathon. It was REALLY hard for me to accept, but you have to listen to your body. Mine was clearly telling me to wait. Don’t good things come to those who wait anyways? ;) I’ve exchanged my BIB for a half instead and my marathon plans have been pushed to the fall where I’ll hopefully finally catch that 42.2! October 19 watch out Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon…. I’m coming for you!