Monday, May 7, 2012

Running...or not

I have a confession to make.

I haven't been running, well, at least not any sort of structured running plan.
That 10K I was training for? Not going to happen. Mostly due in part to the lingering piriformis problem that is slowly (but surely) going away, but also because some genius moved it to July 18th at 6:30 PM. I detest running in the heat and July/August are a couple of the hottest months in New England.

Over vacation, I spent a lot of time contemplating this, so it's certainly not a decision I came to lightly. I'm actively choosing to limit my running for the next several months and focus on something else. What something else, you ask? Well...
  • I signed up to take the Zumba Basic Instructor class on June 30th with the intended goal of teaching at my work gym. I'll still take my own Zumba classes at Core though. I'd miss Elena too much if I stopped going!
  • I'm genuinely committing myself to the New Rules of Lifting for Women program. I suspect that I have a muscle imbalance, but it's not confirmed. (My doctor doesn't think PT would help me, despite my protestations. Maybe it's time to find a new doc?) I'm already two weeks into Stage 1 and I'm really enjoying. Even if I dread the deadlifts. My deadlifts are extremely wimpy, which furthers my muscle imbalance theory.
After a few months and hopefully when all of my piriformis pain dissipates, I will slowly begin adding some mileage back in. Eric and one of our friends from work (Hi Mark!) told me they want to run a 5K in October so perhaps that will be my first real race post-injury. I'm holding them to it because it helps me to remember that I'm not giving up running, but simply helping myself become a less-likely-to-be-injured runner in the future.

Have you ever had to put running because continuing would just make things worse? How did you cope with it? I'd love to hear some strategies!