Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Love and a (non)Running Update

I'm going to get some haters for what I'm about to say, but I don't care.  I'm going to do it anyway.

I LOVE TUESDAYS.  And here's why:

On Tuesdays, I have no class and no work.  That's right.  You heard me.  I get to stay home - in my pajamas - all day.  I get to savor my coffee and I always, always have oatmeal for breakfast.  I get to clean up my kitchen after I make breakfast, and I get to cuddle with the kitty.  Now, before you go getting all "Graduate students' lives are SOOOO EASY!" on me, I should mention that I actually do work on Tuesdays.  I just don't have to shower or change out of my sweatpants to do it.  On Tuesdays, I typically have approximately 38 hours of reading for class to fit into 12 hours of awake time.  I also have papers to work on, a dissertation proposal to write (after I figure out what I'll actually be writing about, anyway), and grants to apply for.  But, the glory of Tuesdays is that I can do these things on my couch, in my bed, at my desk, or sprawled out across my living room floor.  I also have the flexibility to write a blog post at, say, 10 a.m. if I so choose.  So, yes.  I love Tuesdays.

Usually, on Tuesdays, I also run 4 miles and do some hill repeats.  Cause, yeah, I'm training for that half marathon thing.  Aside from that week of waning motivation, training had been going spectacularly.  I was running faster than I expected and feeling pretty darn good about it.  In fact, I had a whole "Yoga breaks me down, but running builds me up" post in mind because of how in love with running I've been lately.  Unfortunately, after a lovely 8 mile run a couple of weekends ago, I woke up the following day unable to walk without a fair amount of pain.  Every time I bent my left leg, I felt like someone was cracking me across the kneecap with a baseball bat.  Bummer.  So, instead of going to the gym and lifting, I took a rest day.  The next day, I was feeling a bit better, so I headed to the gym, jumped (not really - more like stepped) on the treadmill, ran approximately 4 steps and then got right back off.  Ouch.  I stationary-biked it and lifted some weights instead.

That was last Monday.  Tuesday and Wednesday were total rest days.  Thursday, I was pain free!  So, (smartly) I went for a glorious 5 mile run with a good friend in Lincoln.  The weather was nice, my legs felt springy, my feet felt light, and I felt so darn good!  Until I stopped running...  Damn it.  Friday back to painful walking.  Saturday in the pool and even swimming hurt!  Sunday rest.  Monday, stationary bike and weights.  Today, I STILL have pain.  So, I am declaring today and maybe tomorrow total rest days.  Then, we'll see how the good old knee is feeling.  Maybe Thursday will be a yoga day.  Maybe Saturday, if I've been pain free for at least two days, I'll try a (very, very short) run.  Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for me.  I'd really like to get back to that whole "Running is wonderful, I'm on top of the world" feeling.  Thanks.

Until then, a lot of this will be happening:

(Those are ice packs on my knees, if you were wondering.)
At least I have something pretty and uplifting to look at while I ice:

How are your Tuesdays going, friends?

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