Sorry for the repost but we are trying to figure out my notification issue so I am re-posting the same entry from the other day.
Hey there! Happy October! I’ve been trying to get on here and do a blog post but I keep getting side tracked and I’m not sure what I feel like writing about as of late. I am finally embracing the new season even though I didn’t want to let go of summer. But now the house is decorated and the temperatures are a little cooler and so I think it’s time.
One of the best things about change of season is the perfect conditions for running! I love running in the Fall! However, running has been extremely challenging lately. I can’t seem to break out of this running slump no matter how hard I try. My runs have been labored and hard and I find myself walking so much. I’ve also noticed that I’m totally calling the run out in my head before my feet even start pounding the pavement. I will be lacing up my shoes in my garage and I’ll start thinking about how I’m not going to be able to finish this run or make it that long so I need to be prepared to stop and walk or maybe even cut it short. How I know this before even stepping foot out the door must be a certain gift I have or something because just like that, the run unfolds exactly as I expected.
To be fair to myself though, this past month has had its share of challenges. I started a new medication that is supposed to control my kidney stone issue. Yes, my doctor thinks she’s found the answer, which is actually awesome…but the medication is not. Let’s just say it doesn’t make me feel great. She warned me that this might happen and that I might find myself unable to run everyday. The medicine makes me dizzy and shaky and just fatigued. It lowers your blood pressure so that has something to do with it. The good news is that it is going to hopefully put an end to the stone issue and also keep the calcium from leaking out of my blood stream, which I’m sure my bones appreciate. The other bright side is that I think the side effects are temporary and that my body is adjusting. Of course I was instructed to up my dose two weeks into it, so the side effects are back but I think they’ll subside soon. So the meds have posed an issue with running.
Then about two weeks ago I had a car accident. I was hit by the pizza delivery boy on my way home from work, only a few feet from my lane! Thankfully no one was injured but I was extremely sore and had to take a few days off to let my body recover. My Subaru Outback, that was less than a year old, didn’t fare too well in the whole ordeal.
Then when I did set back out for a run, I had the unfortunate experience of witnessing a grown man going to the bathroom on the side of the road in the ditch…and he wasn’t peeing. Lucky for me I noticed him well before he noticed me and I was able to turn around and run in the opposite direction as fast as I could! I was so disgusted, annoyed, freaked out, all of the above. I ran home thinking that the odds were against me and that maybe I should hang up my running shoes, but I decided to just put them away for the day. I figured that I should get a grip, its only running and who cares if I feel like I stink at it.
Then this week I started the increased medication dosage and came down with a nasty head cold. So my plan was to race this weekend in a local 5 mile run but with my cold and not feeling well coupled with the rainy damp weather this morning, I decided to meet up with the Stella’s group to run. And guess what…the run felt great! So maybe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel after all. Maybe I need to change my thoughts about this running slump and stop listening to the voice in my head that is predicting how my run will go. I know I preach it all the time, mind over matter, now I need to practice it.
We can overcome anything we put our minds too. Things don’t always go according to plan, even running plans, and sometimes you just have to roll with the punches, readjust the sails, and continue to move forward- pretty much the tag line of this blog, Running Life One Mile At A Time!