It’s 9:00am - race time. I’m currently sitting my lazy bum in the recliner, imagining the start line, looking out the window at the absolute perfection that is the weather, the temperature is a beautiful 22* according to The Weather Network, and the sun is out but not too strongly. If it would’ve stayed as gloomy as it was at 6 this morning, which has become my natural wake-up time thanks to the early morning runs (kind of digging it, though!), I wouldn’t feel so crummy. But this race would have been perfect. It could have been the one to prove myself, to really put all that work, all of those runs and training sessions, to the test and see what I’m capable of. Instead, I’m just sitting here, and it’s driving me nuts.
Not running is one thing, but not doing anything is a whole other beast. I’ve made it no secret I find it extremely difficult to take rest days, it seriously messes with me mentally. I just can’t do it, I become the biggest bitch. I can’t even sit and watch TV or a movie anymore, I get so bored. I used to be addicted to True Blood - tried watching it this morning while I enjoyed my delicious bowl of Apple Pie N’Oatmeal - and ended up on Instagram and reading articles online, looking up how to work out with runner’s injuries. I can tell you what happened in the episode in like 5 words, yet it took that sht a whole hour to unfold and I’m like, how do peope do this? How do you just sit on your ass and flip through channels or play video games all day? You see where my dilemma with rest days comes from? I need some activity, or I go stir-crazy. Hell, even a walk, a crawl, a leg lift - I’ll take anything as long as I’m doing.
That’s where my plan for today comes in, because I really just need a good sweat session somehow. Thanks to Google and Runner’s World forums, I concluded to have a crazy cardio day by using machines that simulate the motion of running, without the impact on joints/my foot. Hello Arc Trainer and Precor! Added bonus: those machines are located at the co-ed gym, which means potential to have something nice to look at while I look like a disgusting beast. One of these days, my daydream of meeting someone at the gym will transpire, if only I went to the co-ed gym more than once a month. It’s just, the prep-time… I really don’t care what I look like when I work out at my usual gym. But when I go to the co-ed gym, I walk in there and you’ve got girls who look like they just stepped away from the MAC counter, hair curled, wearing head-to-toe LuLuLemon that matches, all toned, tanned and glistening, walking 3.5 mph on an incline, holding on to the top of the treadmill and I’m like - wtf.
Anyways, the gym for some low-impact, high-intensity (talk about an oxymoron) cardio time, and perhaps a fun plank drill challenge at the end it will be for today. I also wanted to make some healthy treats today, or protein bars/granola bars. We shall see! Of course, instagram it up for real-time healthy eats and treats from me if you’re interested: joanned3. I’m so addicted, I’m on that sht all day erryday.
As for Lefty: My knee feels so weird. I’ve had knee aches before, but this is so different. There’s like, almost a tightness? It just doesn’t feel right. Pain I can understand, but this feeling, like something is off in there, is new to me. My left foot is super painful and swollen. Blahhhh. Just going to have to deal, and cheer the rest of you awesome runblrs on who are getting your runs in, even in this heat! Seriously, you guys are beasts, pulling cray splits when most people are dying of heat stroke walking to their cars. It takes beast mode to a whole other level.