This week has been rough. My knee injury was just one of many issues that felt overwhelming this week. I’m sure I struggled to cope with everything else I have going on more because I was in pain. I also couldn’t work out as intensely as I’m used to so I lost an outlet and coping mechanism. My knee is certainly healing but that process has been long and painful. I have run a mile outside every morning before work. I am glad I’ve been able to get back outdoors for my runs but I also look forward to running pain free again. Luckily, running doesn’t seem to hurt any more than my other day-to-day activities. I’ll probably stick to one mile runs until my knee isn’t hurting as much. Injuries are frustrating.
Last night, on my run from work to my van, I totally ate $hit. I fell hard. I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and slammed the concrete hard. I had a bit of an audience, which was completely embarrassing. I hit my right knee first and then skidded on my palms a bit. I was impressed by the amount of immediate pain. A young college student came over right away to ask if I was ok. I had to be honest and say that I wasn’t sure. My knee felt totally messed up. I was worried about my knee cap. I sat there and tried to collect myself as another young man approached to ask if I was ok. I felt so stupid but I honestly wasn’t sure if my knee was going to hold my weight. The first young man offered to help me up but I asked him to just make sure I didn’t go back down once I got up. Once I was up, I started laughing. I couldn’t believe I fell so hard! I walked the rest of the way to my van and continued to assess my injuries. I texted my husband and asked him to have an ice pack waiting for me. My right knee definitely took the brunt of the fall. It is pretty scraped up and is starting to bruise. My left knee has a knot and a decent bruise forming too. Both palms are bruised and my left palm is scraped up too. I can’t remember the last time I had a skinned knee. I certainly don’t remember it hurting this much! Luckily, I had run 2 miles yesterday morning so I had time to rest my knee. I even took a picture of the snow on the neighborhood lake.
I went to the gym this morning to try an easy mile on the treadmill. I didn’t want any extra variables like sidewalk cracks or ice. It wasn’t too bad. I’ll probably take it easy for the next couple of days to let my body heal. I’m glad the knee injury isn’t a streak-ending one!
You win some and you lose some. Lately, my blog has been losing. However, I have literally been winning. Yesterday, I pulled into first place in my gym’s workout challenge. It honestly feels great to see my name at the top of the list. I don’t think the winners of the challenge get any unique prize or recognition but I’ve loved the additional motivation it’s given me. I’m regularly working out 3 times a day and have gotten in better shape because of it. I haven’t been running much farther than I was but I’ve added in more weight training and yoga. I feel more balanced overall. Last Wednesday, I ran a new route around my neighborhood where I loop around the lake, which is my usual 1 mile route, but then I follow all of the roads as well, which adds another mile. This route is great while there is snow because I can run on the plowed streets for the majority of the run but then take the grass path around the lake for the last stretch before I head home to get off road a bit but head straight home once the snow is in my shoes. I have found it to be the best of both worlds. I’ve also still been running to work so that adds an extra 2/3 of a mile on weekdays. I haven’t decided if that will continue once the workout challenge is over. Time will tell I guess. The challenge ends on Thursday. Last Thursday, I ran a quick mile on the treadmill at the gym because I had a busy day. That was the day I decided I really need new earbuds. I don’t enjoy listening to other people talk while I run and too often there are people working out together at the gym during busier times. I’m happy for them but have no interest in hearing about how they cope with household chores or issues with their husbands. On Friday, I had another busy day scheduled so I ran a quick mile around the neighborhood before work. I work an earlier shift on Fridays so I usually have to run before the sun rises. However, the days are getting noticeably longer so I got to run as the sun was just beginning to provide enough light to see. I love running by first light. On Saturday, I drove my son to the gym but didn’t feel like running inside so I ran 2 miles from the gym. I tried a different route than last time and enjoyed it much more. I think there is still probably a better route out there though. Yesterday, it had snowed again so I ran my new neighborhood 2 mile route to stay mostly on the plowed streets. I thought about stopping for a picture because the lake was absolutely gorgeous, but my hands were way too cold. Maybe I can try to get that picture on my run today!
It snowed several inches last night and we had freezing fog this morning. Traveling this morning was a nightmare but it sure was beautiful outside. I took a walk with my husband after walking our youngest to school. It was quite cold but so pretty. As the sun started burning through the fog, the freezing fog looked like glitter suspended in the air. It was amazing. After our walk, I only had time to run a mile before work but my feet were starting to freeze anyway so I didn’t complain about the short run today. Yesterday, I ran 2 miles around the neighborhood and then did some yoga before heading to work. I haven’t done yoga, other than stretching, in quite awhile. I thoroughly enjoyed my sun salutations. On Sunday, I ran a quick mile at the gym before a family gathering. It was rushed and fairly unenjoyable but it kept the streak alive! I really wish I could have captured the sparkling air with my camera this morning but the frozen trees were easier to photograph.
I had to go back and read my blog to remember when I last posted. That is the sign of a busy week. It was seriously exhausting. On Wednesday, I had an appointment before work so I ran a quick mile before leaving for the day. I ran around the lake in the neighborhood north of our house. Garmin tells me that it was sunny and 34 degrees with 22 mile per hour winds. I do feel like this week had some impressive winds. However, I don’t specifically remember the details of this run. I have still been running to and from the parking lot at work in addition to my daily runs. It has helped me pull ahead in 3rd place in the workout challenge at my gym and I’m even inching up on 2nd place. The challenge ends on February 15th and I’ve been debating in my mind about whether or not the daily run to and from work will continue. Time will tell I guess. I imagine there will be days that the running happens because I’m honestly running late to work more often than I would like. On Thursday, I had a relaxing morning before work and I enjoyed every minute of the slower pace. I had intended to run between 3-5 miles that morning but took my time so much that I only had time for 2 miles. I wouldn’t change anything about my relaxing morning though. Yesterday, I woke up early to run before heading into work early. I normally start work at 10am when the college students are on campus but I start work at 8am on Fridays because there aren’t any late labs scheduled on Fridays. I had to be at work even earlier yesterday because I had to leave early for an appointment for one of my boys. I woke up at 5, went to the gym to run 2 miles on the treadmill, went to work, took my son to his appointment, and then drove to get my daughter from her dad’s. It was a tiring end to a long week. Today, I wanted to take the time to run farther but I just didn’t have the energy. I ran a little over 2 miles and did my pull-ups, dips, and a flip at the local elementary school. It was a good workout but I’m glad I didn’t push the run. I feel so drained from this week. I hope tomorrow feels more rejuvenating.
Winter is back. Blah. It’s not surprising since it’s still January but, regardless, I still hate the cold. Yesterday was cold, windy, and cloudy. There was nothing enjoyable about the weather. I still ran outside to save myself the time of driving to the gym. It wasn’t fun. I only ran a mile though so at least it didn’t last long. Today was cold but sunny. It honestly feels better to at least have the warmth of the sun while you brace yourself against the cold. It’s like the consolation prize. I only had time for another mile today but I enjoyed it much more than yesterday’s dreary mile. I actually wanted to run farther but didn’t have the time. I might try to wake up early for a run tomorrow because I have an appointment before work. Either way you slice it though, it’s going to be a long day. I’m ready for this week to be over and it’s only Tuesday. I should go do my thankfulness journal and meditate now.
The weather this weekend was fantastic for winter in Illinois. I ran 5 miles today to take full advantage of the reprieve from winter. I even had short sleeves on for awhile. The best part was the sun. I love the sun. It made the winter brown seem slightly more alive. I stopped by the local elementary school on the way out and the way back for some pull-ups, dips, and a flip. It was a fabulous run. I will tuck this weekend into my memory to pull out when needed as I try to patiently wait for the real spring.