Triathlons and Stuff
I have categories on the blog, because I’m like The Pioneer Woman. Some exceptions: I’m a mediocre cook, I don’t home school, I don’t live on a ranch, my photography is so-so at best. Oh, and I don’t have a TV show (why not, I wonder?). Otherwise, we’re twinsies, Ree and I, so I have categories. The real thinking behind these categories is here, if you’re curious.
I realize that it’s been a long time since I posted anything in the Food or Fitness categories. And truthfully, I’m kind of busy looking for new sandals on Endless today, so I almost kept up the no-posting streak. But then I thought, maybe just a quick update.
I’m sure you all remember – because the goings-on of my life are exactly what you retain in your long-term memory – that I completed my first triathlon in 2011. I intended to do that same race again this year, but life got in the way. I didn’t get to train as much as I wanted, or needed, to. Instead, I picked another race that gave me a little more time, and that race happens to be on Sunday. If you don’t hear from me next week, it’s possible I’m in traction.
You also may remember that I have issues with my feet and calves. Undiagnosed-maybe-plantar-faciitis-maybe-just-defective issues. After years of doctors and various therapies, my vote is for plain, old defectiveness. Throw some old age on top of the plain old and it’s a full time party around here. In 2001 I gave up on running, but in my heart I wasn’t done. Last year I walked the run portion of the tri and that was, how do I put this? Boring. And long. And I did not like it at all.
Thanks to my new best friend(s), I will run the race on Sunday. I won’t be fast or anything, but I’m going to run. How? It’s all thanks to a good doctor and these magic tools from Trigger Point Performance Therapy. No, this isn’t a sponsored post (but I do need a Grid roller, Trigger Point, so if you want to sponsor me via throwing one of those my way, that would be just fine with me).
I decided to tell you about Trigger Point not because I’m being paid to, but in case you, too, have suffered from mystery pain. Or even if you have pain with a name. Learning to use the tools provided me with relief I’ve been hunting for since 2001. Granted, I still have some pain in my heel. It’s manageable, though, and if I stay on top of rolling, stretching, and hydration (okay, so it is a bit of work to keep up with all of this), I’m able to run.
We’re all very excited about this, yes?
And that, friends, is my fitness update. Still no food update, except to tell you that I have eaten some today and will likely eat more in the near future.
I’m toying with a different kind of post for next week – something a little more feeling-y than I have posted here lately. If feelings aren’t your thing, don’t come around on Tuesday. If you want to see if I use bad words (yep) and tell a not so pretty truth (yep again), then I’ll see you Tuesday. Until then,
:: Have you ever had a mystery pain? What did you do about it?
:: Does anyone have a favorite tip for for staying motivated during long runs? (Not that I’m doing any long runs yet, but I would like to.)
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