So cold this morning. So cold! It was minus 5 degrees and I was not wanting to go out in that weather, so I stayed home instead I figured I would either do a rest day or ride the trainer later. No running today, and I will address that below.
So, I made up breakfast! I did the 1-minute muffin topped with peanut flour (mixed with water). Plus some of the platoon of strawberries we have now – thank you K-Mart!
No work this morning, so I was able to get right into today’s soap batches.
A funny note about our wedding rings. We get tons of compliments on them. Our original bands (which John did also lose … maybe he is trying to tell me something??) were gold with channel set diamonds and not many people commented on them. I don’t wear that one because it is several sizes too big and I never had it resized. When John lost his first ring, we decided to buy new ones and ended up really liking these rings:
– and they were only $20 each! Gotta love it. I am so happy he found it!
Time for lunch! I did have a bunch of peanuts this morning while moving around the house. I really am starting to head to Crack Town with those. Not quite sure what is up with that. Those may have to go up high now. So, I made up a nice salad to eat.
This had chicken, greek dressing, and a few chopped pecans. Simple, but very tasty!
I have been thinking a lot about running lately, particularly after last weekend. Ever since I herniated my back, which was about 11 months ago now) – running has been a little problematic for me. It took me a long time before I was able to run again and I never made it back to my previous form. I still have a little remaining permanent numbness/hypersensitivity in my knee left over from that injury, plus a tiny bit of residual weakness in that leg. Gotta love nerve injuries. 🙄
While the actual act of running does not bother me, what I have found is that there are consequences the next day. The day after I run, I always feel pain in my knee and a tiny bit in my back. I took me a long time to put two and two together (hello Sherlock). Whenever I run, the next day = pain. This last Saturday was the worst. I had run on Friday, and then Saturday my knee was bothering me and I stepped onto a stepstool and got shooting pain in my knee. What is it with me getting pains or hurt when I am not doing anything? That is when I began looking back and realizing this pain happens the day after I run. I am assuming it has to do with the high impact of running on the old herniated disk/nerve.
So, what to do. Right now, a medical workup is out because I am one of the many uninsured and am not sure any diagnostics would lead to me be able to do anything about this if you understand what I mean. I don’t want to go through all of that and be told it is what it is, which always seems to happen at the doctor’s office.
The thing is, I feel somehow pressured to keep running. I wanted to do a duathlon this year, and possibly a half marathon, but right now I just don’t want to train for those. I want to ride my bike, which thankfully causes no issues for me. I feel like I am *supposed* to run. However, I don’t know if running is really good for me if it causes problems. I do want to do a few smaller races because those are fun (and I love the swag!), but not sure I want to do big events. I would have thought that at a year out from an injury that I would not even be talking about it, but there you go. Maybe I will just run periodically and not really do any training with it.
Dinner time! Didn’t reading all that running talk make you hungry? It did me.
On the menu tonight was some ground pork from the smokehouse. Burgers are good.
Happy 40th anniversary to Starbucks! To celebrate, guess where are tonight? 😀