I can hear that little pesky voice inside my head.
For some strange reason, that voice sounds like a little boy who is no older than 5-6. Maybe it’s a throwback to my brothers who would tease me as the only girl in a household of boys.
It’s that voice that says, “You’re slacking. Why are you sleeping in? Look at all of those people on the track. You should be out there right now. You’re going to lose your fitness and gain a bunch of weight.”
You see, the trouble with living right across the street from a popular running track is that I get to see several people doing repeats both before and after work. A couple of running groups meet at O’Henry on a consistent basis including T3, Runtex, Fit 2 Train and others.
This week, I’ve felt like the little sick kid that can’t play with the other kids. My right leg is just really acting up at the moment. I don’t know how else to describe it except to say that it feels like shin splints, or a torn muscle, or a stress fracture–all very typical common “overuse” injuries. It’s painful just above the ankle. When it first started hurting in Columbus, I thought I had my shoes tied too tight. I remember stopping for water with my friend Karl and loosening my shoe because it felt sore. It hasn’t been the same. Of course, that didn’t stop me until my New Year’s Day Run with Shawn, Thon and Amy. It definitely hasn’t recovered from that. I’m afraid to swim because it will hurt to kick. I’m aqua jogging today and tomorrow–BORING!! Maybe this is Mother Nature’s way of jump starting that core and toning portion of my resolution.
In the meantime, I’m really listening to Mother Nature’s request to actually rest. I’ve been sleeping in until 7am this week and arising by the natural sunlight. I’m enjoying going downstairs in our new home and making coffee. I get excited to make cereal and sit on our new barstool in front of our newly working wireless internet. And then, I look out the door and see that track.
Don’t worry. I’ll be back out there before too long.