You may have noticed that it's been quite awhile since I've posted a day-by-day workout report. That's because there's been very little to report workout-wise. My back is totally revolting. Certainly running is completely out of the question for now. The last couple of days I have managed 45 minutes sessions on the elliptical and it hasn't left me totally incapacitated.... though I can feel it.
I suffered last week from a terrible stomach bug and then traveled to visit family for Thanksgiving - whereupon my husband got a horrible stomach bug. These facts made it fairly impossible to get a good work out in. This is the first time in a LOOOOONG time I've gone "home" and not had some great runs on my old stomping ground. I feel sad about it, but there is nothing to be done. Last time I visited I ran a great 18-miler and finished feeling like a total Rock Star. I also visited my sister near Syracuse. Her neighborhood and local high school is the site of my last truly Badass Mother Speed Workout in August. This was when I was about 24 hours post "Holy Crap We're Having Another Baby". Part of me wants to go back and check out my splits but a part of me knows it would just make me weep!
True confessions: I still get a little misty-eyed thinking about how fit I was and how poised I was to PR a marathon. But as I read on someone's Facebook page the other day, "You wanna make God laugh? Make a plan." So, I'm happy that God is chuckling and I know that Baby TOP is going to be far, far sweeter than any sub-3:44:00 marathon. But, hey, deep down part of me will always long to be in a place other than the place I am (when I was certain I was done having babies, I often longed for just ONE MORE pregnancy!).
My lack of Zen is overwhelming, Grasshopper.
Back to my back... Tomorrow I have a PT appointment to see what can be done for me. I am hoping that the woman - whom I've never met - will be sort of a hard ass and basically tell me to suck it up. I am hoping she will be a runner and know the emotional toll which weighs upon a runner who cannot get out on the road. I am being even more Runner-ish than usual and plan to come to the appointment with several goals (A, B, C) to share with her:
A. Heal back enough to return to running 30 - 60 minutes several times a week.
B. Heal enough to use the elliptical 30 - 60 minutes several times a week.
C. Heal enough to walk (or snowshoe) 30 - 60 minutes several times a week.
A. Run a non-PR marathon in Fall 2012 (5-months postpartum) OR complete (with NO time goal) a triathlon (Olympic distance?) Fall 2012.
B. Run a non-PR half marathon Fall 2012.
C. Run 3-4 10Ks or 5Ks Summer 2012.
I don't know what she will think of these goals. I know that the post-baby goals are DEFINITELY a plan that is already making God laugh and I can't count on it. But, a girl's gotta have a dream. And a girl can dream that Baby TOP comes into the world healthy, content to sleep through the night, and super happy to take long runs with Mom in the jog stroller!
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