I’m training for another half marathon; I’m also nursing a sore hip and tight IT bands, which means that after I run I spend a lot of time stretching and sitting on ice packs and slathering myself in NSAID gel. Fun!
(My hip is fine, really. I promise.)
I don’t want to stop running, partly because my whole training philosophy is essentially rest days are for suckers!* but mostly because when I’m not working out, my stress level goes through the roof. So I’m taking a lot of Anaprox and running slowly and thinking about ways I could cross train, because I need a way to keep pushing myself without winding up totally hobbled.
Which brings me to this.
No, I am not planning to do a triathlon (although the other night I made a joke about getting a time trial bike and Wade got more excited than I have seen him … well, ever, possibly. And then he started talking about how we could BOTH get time trial bikes and wouldn’t that be fun! and I passed out because OMG NO TRIATHLON. NONONO.)
Over the weekend I suckered Wade into giving me a swim lesson, because while I am not worried about drowning it’s been a long time (like probably 30 years, easily) since I really swam, as opposed to just paddling around with my head above the water or sitting on a chair in the shallow end sipping a cocktail. He checked out my form and said I looked good, and then had Charlie show me how to do a flip turn. I was totally unable to master that, largely because I couldn’t remember how to do a somersault in the pool without getting water up my nose and also because I was wearing a two piece swimsuit and nearly lost the bottoms at one point. Whoops. I’ll have to work on that.
I’m hoping that a new challenge will take my mind off of some of my stress. I’m also hoping, as always, that I will not die. Beyond that, I’m just going to see how this goes.
What’s on your personal challenge list right now?
*Rest days are an important part of any training program, particularly if you don’t want to wind up sitting on ice packs and smelling like BenGay. So do as I say, not as I do, please.