5 Things on Friday: Adapting and coping
What a week, I’ve written many posts in my head but just not what I feel like writing now, so today is just a collection of my thoughts, decisions and struggles from this week. Honestly how did such a short week turn into such a tough, long week?
Yesterday we met friends for vegetable picking at a local farm, unfortunately with our crazy cold spring and now hot spell there isn’t much to pick. The kids had a blast and we have plenty of peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Plus they gave all the kids a small cantaloupe. I think the best part was all the dirt they were given free run in! Heck O was doing flips in the fields, she had dirt from head to toe!
Thursday is also CSA day but we after pick up we were still lacking one thing for dinner so off to the farmer’s market we when for corn. Once again I went a little nuts: corn, apples and 3 gluten free baking mixes later we finally left. Pretty sure we won’t need produce for at least a few days!
On Wednesday we went to check out O’s new dance school and wow what a difference! Such organization, better studio space and just a friendlier feel. She met her teacher, got to check out her studio and even have a cookie while she colored pictures for the contest. All this got me thinking, why don’t I dance again? Yikes it has been 15 years, can I do this? Is this a stupid idea? Well I ran it past my sports chiro and she thought it would be a great cross training plan. She was a dancer too so she has a great understanding of my concerns and the requirements on a dancer’s body. So I guess I have the green light on that side, plus Matt is for it too. Now to take the plunge!
Have you even done something outside your comfort zone? Gone back to an old favorite that you know is now much different? I just need to remind myself that I will not be the dancer I was back then when I spent 15-25 hours per week between competitions and practice.
This past week I had another appointment for my leg and this time low back as well, things are much better but we decided to keep up the muscle work every 3-4 weeks until I am done racing. She also told me I NEED to take a stretch off running at least 2 times a year (she’d prefer 1 week 3x). I have a tough time with this, as I am sure anyone who reads my blog can easily figure out. Right now I am working on only running 4 days a week and walking to supplement or biking. I also need to get back in the pool soon! I do think my body likes this, duh! Runners, how do you incorporate this into training? What do you do instead of running those times? I never take time off unless it is forced and need to get better, I hate being injured and want to be back to strong running again.
Back to Back
After I write the above I sit here debating a back to back race again this weekend. I am running a half on Saturday with hopes of a better finish than last weekend. I also have two options for Sunday; 1) a 5K that I can run free, but would push myself at or 2) a 25K that is not nearly free, but I’d be “racing” with my team. I use racing lightly since it would be an easy run and good training for Dopey. Hmm, what to do? Or there is always option 3) Sleep in!
Things are rough at our house lately with all the new things ahead and anticipation. Poor O is not one to like change. Next week she starts school and a new dance studio. Over the summer her friend from down the street moved away and the park they played at was torn down for renovation, to a 3 year old this is devastating!
We are also in the middle of doggy injury and meeting with the vet again today to discuss consulting ortho and possible ACL repair. This all means no running or even walks for him. O and I used to take Morgan out daily and she misses her time playing with her big puppy! Poor guy is in pain and I hate seeing this. Please send us good thoughts today that we get answers and some pain relief for him, luckily he has adapted well and manages pretty good on 3 legs except the stairs.
And the final straw for her is me going back to work! Yikes, this freaks me out slightly too. I have not worked full time in 10+ years, I’ve mostly had jobs where I worked 3-4 days a week even if that did mean full time hours. O is anxious, having sleep issues and acting out. Last night she fell asleep on the couch after 2 hours of crying about anything, poor girl. I know she will love her school and my mom is watching her so no strangers on the other 3 days but it is a big change. Any good suggestions for adapting? We have talked about what is ahead, made school and her time with grandma sound really fun but still can tell she isn’t buying it fully.
On that note…Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans? Besides the race, we have a local festival and are planning to walk the parade for a friend’s restaurant.