What I Do When I Can’t Run
April 23, 2012 § 10 Comments
I’m currently perched on a racquetball I found on my officemate’s desk (don’t tell him). All this sitting the past week has left me with a sore bum and maybe a touch of sciatica or something. Since I can’t run, and can’t really cross-train, I’ve been spending way too much time researching injury prevention, reading Runner’s World forums, finding new (to me) running blogs, planning future races, looking up dream races, and thinking about how I’m going to ramp back up in training without reinjuring myself.
Also: watching Prison Break. Michael Scofield, folks.
I’ve decided I really want to get into trail running, possibly starting to run a couple of times a week with a trail running group like this one and eventually training for an ultra (maybe Bandera?). I have always loved hiking and being in the wilderness, so I think trail running could be the perfect combo for me. Plus I hear it helps with injury prevention.
Also on my mind has been how to BQ again (qualify for Boston 2013). I have to do it, if I’m going to, by September 25. Yikes. My dad and I have talked about Missoula on July 8. It looks pretty sweet. Not sure I’ll be ready. I’m also planning to do Marine Corps on October 28, which should be a blast and a half.
In the meantime, I literally am just forcing myself to rest. A lot. I have my second appointment with Ian tomorrow, and I’m hoping he’s going to show me some exercises and strengthening techniques that will get me off the couch and into more active recovery. My aunt Lez has also been coaching me about resting and listening to my body and she seems to think I’ll be up and at it again next week.
I sure hope so. Resting is exhausting.