In keeping with this week’s theme of taking care of myself, and to celebrate my return to running, I just registered for something that is super exciting. A Women’s Running Retreat with Kara Goucher as head coach!
My non-running followers will probably read this and think, “you just paid almost $800 to go to the middle of Wisconsin and run for an entire weekend???”
My running followers will understand how exciting and fun this will be! A weekend long retreat, with 60 women, filled with seminars and group runs, coached by Kara Goucher, Adam Goucher (my BFF), Katie McGee, Janis Klecker and Barney Klecker (admittedly, I didn’t know who the later three were, but their credentials look impressive). Dinners and fireside chats with the coaches and other runners too. (I wonder if they allow wine? Or if I’ll get kicked out of camp if I smuggle in a bottle of cab?). The date of the weekend worked out perfectly for me. And the location, in northern Wisconsin, should be an easy drive from the Twin Cities.
I’m sure after a weekend with Kara, I’ll be super speedy and have a six pack like she does.
Since I won’t be ready in the fall to run a marathon yet, this will be the next best thing! Wheee!
Yippee! I got the green light to run! So I ran a mile today. Even though it was 43, windy and misting (WTF, Minnesota?), I had a smile on my face the whole time. It was heavenly!
I have a gradual return to running program. It’s not as gradual as after the stress fractures, so it shouldn’t be so frustrating. But it’s a sensible, conservative return to running. The big thing that I CANNOT slack on is the core/hip stuff. I need to do it 3 times a week for the next month or so and then 2 times a week forever. I swear I won’t slack this time!
Day one of The (2nd) Year of Cindi is off and running. And tomorrow, if all goes well, I will FINALLY be given the green light to run again. 70 LONG days of no running. I am SO ready to get back to it. I’ll know details tomorrow – but I know it will be a gradual return to running – like every other day and only a mile a day tops. I’ll take it.
Today I was reminded of something really important, that I’ve been letting slide for far too long: I need to take care of me.
I’ve been so busy taking care of everyone else that’s important in my life – making sure they have what they need and are happy and content and doing what they want- that I’ve been neglecting myself and what I need and want.
It’s hard to take care of me. It’s easier to just take care of others and ignore my own needs. But by not taking care of me, “me” is getting lost.
So tomorrow, May 17, 2015, is the official start of the second (or maybe we are on the third now?) “Year of Cindi” (remember the first “Year of Cindi”, post separation?). As selfish as it sounds, I need to refocus on me, so that I can find myself again.
2 minutes and 19 seconds. On the treadmill for a PT running evaluation. And it was HEAVENLY. Loved it. The left tibia didn’t hurt or feel weird or off. It was great.
So am I back to running again?
Huh? Why not?
Because they noticed significant issues while I was running, which, if not corrected, would lead to another stress fracture. Issues with my left hip abductor being really weak. Bottom line: it needs to get strengthened before I run again. Not completely resolved, but strengthened. And when I do run again, I NEED to keep up on the core and hip exercises. Seriously. Someone remind me.