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Sunday status musings

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.
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    Don't feel bad about skipping a planned workout. Sometimes the body speaks to us and we need to listen extra hard to hear it.
    1888 days ago
    good listening to your body.
    Have a great day off today.
    1888 days ago
    I don't think I would need any cool down in 30 mph winds and 25 degree temperatures.
    I washed the car and worked in the gardens today, couldn't stay inside.
    1889 days ago
    emoticon I am glad that you are taking it easy and not pushing the hip too hard too fast. If we could just figure out how to get the weather to cooperate a little better we'd be in great shape!!
    1889 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    I will have to go back and read the earlier blog; sorry the hip is acting up. This getting old stuff is for the birds! emoticon

    Glad to hear that you did get outside though! The fresh air is good for clearing the head!
    1889 days ago
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