The blog face of the earth

My good friend Elsha over at Seriously? wrote me an email the other day to the following effect:

“Did you know you completely fell off the blog face of the earth?”

Yes, yes I did.  And I am overwhelmed by the ensuing guilt.  So I would like to start off by apologizing for my absence.  And mostly what I mean by that is I’m sorry for not reading YOUR blogs.  I truly miss them.  I’ve been telling myself that I am allowed to READ blogs as soon as I get my act together and actually WRITE one.  Meanwhile my reader has sky-rocketed to a number I am too embarassed to print.  So this silly little policy of mine will soon be torn to shreds.

If you’re wondering about where I’ve been, it’s quite simple.  At home.  On my couch.  Not working out.  Remember that pesky little achilles problem?  Well, I’ve decided to stop running until it’s 100% better.  Thankfully, it’s not any worse.  But it also wasn’t really getting better.  As much as not running saddens me, I know I’m making the right choice.  Every race I run there’s some little old lady passing me in the final stretches.  I want to be that lady.  And I’ll never make it there if I trash my body now.

I also went to an RRCA running coach’s training course.  One of the interesting things they taught was that stretching can actually make injuries worse, particularly in the case of the achilles.  And Bikram yoga stretches the heck out of my achilles.  So I haven’t been doing that either…sigh.

The RRCA course offered an interesting perspective on (running) training in general.  They were all about lots of easy miles.  This is pretty much the opposite of how I have always trained so I’m not sure where I stand quite yet.  I am intrigued enough to give it a try when I start to ease back into running.

So there you have it.  It’s tough to write a fitness blog when you’re not working out.  Good thing I have the couch to fall back on!  Going forward, here is my plan:

  • Get back into it.  I will do this.  I just don’t know when exactly.  I really should find some other form of exercise to preoccupy myself with in the meantime.  Once that happens, I’ll start posting again.
  • Post little in the meantime.  Maybe I’ll pop in here and there and maybe I won’t.  I haven’t really decided yet.  But I’m going to stop beating myself up about it.
  • Get back to reading YOUR blogs!

I still plan on wrapping up my vacation recap, and I have one race report on the way.  So there’s more to come.  I wouldn’t, however, recommend holding your breath.

3 thoughts on “The blog face of the earth

  1. Yay, I am so glad you are back! Seriously, I was thinking about you and hoping nothing was wrong. Hope the achilles issue gets better. I am sure you are doing the right thing by resting it. 🙂

  2. Not being able to work out is really annoying. And just because it is so annoying I am paranoid about rest and taking care of injuries. Because imagine how many times more annoying it would be if you made it worse and had to wait for even longer before being cleared to exercise!

    By the way.. What about swimming? Maybe it’s better on your achilles…

  3. I’ll stop lurking to say I can second your assessment on Bikram. I loooove Bikram and had to give it up completely because it pisses off my knee – I imagine the heat allows additional stretching that isn’t appreciated. 😦

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