Saturday, October 6, 2007

Tears, Tears and Turkey

So, here’s a confession: running makes me cry. Not in a cause-and-effect kind of way. I don’t know what my deal is, but for some reason when I’m running, particularly when I’m racing, I’m more likely to get choked up at the sight of cheering supporters or inspirational signs or thoughts of people who helped me along the way. For my whole life I’ve tried to the tough guy—probably in the hope that my steely emotions would belie my pint size. But how am I supposed to be a tough guy when I’m blubbering and teary all the time?

It hasn’t really become a problem, short of a few near-asthmatic backlashes against the tears, but I was just thought that admitting to the problem would be a first step toward recovery.

And speaking of recovery, I can almost breathe through both nostrils now. My ears are still a little cloggy and my breating weak, but I'm on the mend. After five days down with the flu (OK, it took me three days to give in and get some rest), I’m finally able to function on an almost-normal level. Breathing during yoga is still difficult—I’m breathing double-time and gasping instead of ujjayi pranayama—but at least my body isn’t still aching. I finally got around to some weights, ab work and stretching last night, and then an hour of yoga and fast-walking today.

Yes, I said walking. I also made it to the doctor late last week to check out my calf injury. It’s a slight tear that doesn’t require contact medical attention, but rest, ice and stretching. I’m allowed to walk for now, so I did 4.7 miles at 13:50/mile today. Is it cheating if I’m walking almost as quickly as I can run? It still felt fine, and I came straight home for follow-up stretches and ice. The next two weeks will tell (two whole flippin' weeks?)...

After listening to my running stories and an examination, my doctor said my injury was likely caused by one of two things: 1) a big wipeout (which one: this one or this one?) or 2) pushing too hard in my tempo runs. Boy, didn't see that coming at all! If nothing else, at least my blog will be a guide to beginners of how not to train. So, I feel less bad for going from 30 miles/week to 2 miles to 4 walking… but I’m still itching to get back. I have a Turkey Trot to prep for!


SavvyFitChica said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. And I'm glad you admitted you're a softy! "Admitting your problem is the first step toward recovery." J/K.
Hey, you'll be happy to hear I went for my 1st bike ride in years last night! (6.75 miles) It's way harder than I thought it would be!

JenC said...

I used to cry all the time too, but as I've gotten used to racing it got better. I didn't cry at Ironman at all.

Good luck with recovery and count on me to be trotting with you next month!

miss petite america said...

i'm a crier too...i don't know what it is...races just fill you up with all kinds of emotions...

B Bop said...

Rest up! Walking, as long as there is no pain, is fine while the calf strain heals...I'm finally winning the battle against my calf strains, they plagued me for my first 2 years of running.

A winter/early spring of base building (no speedwork) after the rest will work wonders.