Sunday, January 20, 2013
First, an update for those who commented on yesterday's blog. You all gave me a lot to think about, and that success story might get written. But today, I need to think about my running status.
I didn't run Thursday because of the sore hip. I didn't run Friday because of the hip and because I didn't want to mess up the running schedule. Saturday I maybe could have gone for a short run, but I decided to give the hip another day of rest on the chance that I could transition the long run to Sunday. That didn't happen.
Sunday morning, it was around freezing, but the wind was 45 mph and gusting higher. I might have thought about running under other circumstances, but my body had soaked up eight and a half hours of sleep and I didn't have time for a run before church in any event. The forecast was for falling temperatures and gradually diminishing wind, with snow starting in the early afternoon. By 2 PM, it was 25°F and the wind was down to 30 mph. I thought about a short run, maybe 5K. Did a few experimental paces up and down my hallway, and I could feel the hip. Maybe I could have run on it, maybe not; but the thought of flaming out in the middle of a run and having to walk a mile home in 30 mph wind while dressed for running wasn't appealing. I walked instead, and it was nice enough walking weather.
If the hip had been healthy, I would have run anyway. Maybe tomorrow, maybe Tuesday, maybe it will take longer. I find this waiting frustrating, and try to focus on how the hip is better today after a brisk 3.5 mile walk than it was two days ago after a brisk 3.1 mile walk.
The interesting thing is how I was looking at the weather. I was finding excuses to stay inside and be inactive, because I didn't want to walk in this weather. And I was afraid to run, lest I flame out too far from home to get back before I cooled down. I suspect a walking cooldown in 30 mph wind at 25° F wouldn't need to be very long to get me to the point of shivering.
But once I got out and walked, it was a pleasant day. It helped that this was one of the days when snow was over-forecast. I saw a few flurries, but nothing accumulated before I got my 10K steps in.
I wasn't concerned about bad weather when I was unquestionably healthy enough to run.
I cut my calorie range down to where it was when I was in the run/walk interval mode. I'll give that a week to see what the scale does or if I'm able to run again, then revisit that issue. I had a couple days of wanting to eat where I was eating when running, then today added 3 grams of almonds in the evening to make my new and lower minimum calories. I can do the weight maintenance thing while not running. It's the not running part that's frustrating, not the eating less part.
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day, a holiday to my employer. It's also the first day of tax prep season. I'll put in 4 volunteer hours tomorrow afternoon, and otherwise play the day by ear. It's a given that I'll eat to plan, get 10K steps, and do my pullups and pushups in the morning. What else I can do, remains to be seen.