Even though the rest of America had the day off yesterday, I did not. But since I did get off earlier than usual, it had the vague feeling of a holiday.
The weather in Texas has been PHENOMENAL the past few days. Temps have been in the 60s, with the beautiful sun smiling down on us everyday. Saturday, I was cooped up indoors reffing volleyball ALL DAY, so Sunday I took full advantage of the weather and did my biking OUTSIDE!! It. Was. AMAZING!!! (Well, except for the cross-winds, but I was so deprived of outdoor activity I welcomed even those.) Took this beautiful pic on the ride back to my house. I know the landscape is brown and dreary, but with the hay bales in the background and the clear, blue sky, it took my breath away. Even in the midst of winter, I love my Texas! Later in the day, I went outside at dusk and couldn’t resist snapping this pic. Alli has gotten into the habit of making herself hot chocolate every evening. She loves to pile her mug high with marshmallows. Sadly, this happened Sunday evening….
Alli forgot or didn’t realize that I had recently used that burner and it was still VERY warm! And yes, the marshmallows at the bottom of the pile were melted. Honestly, I’m just glad that she didn’t burn her hand. There is a joke in our family about me burning the kids….of course, I would have been off the hook on this one! I wiped as much as I could off the burner and let it sit to cool and came off much easier than I expected when I cleaned it!
I mentioned that I had to work yesterday. I went with the clinic supervisor to Wal-Mart to buy supplies for the clinics at each of our campuses (I work in the school system). I was tasked with buying a sympathy card for a lady at our campus whose father recently passed away. I tried to tell everyone that buying cards is NOT my forte, but I was given the job anyway. When we got back to campus, I dug the card out of the sack and immediately noticed something wasn’t quite right.
Ok….the card is on the bottom and the envelope I grabbed is on the top. See the problem?? I doubt I will ever be given card-buying duty again.
Since Monday was a teacher work-day, I got off earlier than usual and found myself FIGHTING the urge to go for a run. (In case you don’t know, I have been nursing an ITB injury for the last 5 weeks. IF things are looking good, I plan to run this weekend.) The weather was SO BEAUTIFUL and I had that feeling in my gut that I NEEDED to get out and get in a run. Thankfully, I have good friends who were able to point out the folly in that and with their help I was able to suppress the urge. As usual, this incident got me to thinking. At first, I was focused on poor me and not being able to run (yet). I acknowledged (to myself) that I am suffering some depression as a result of the injury and the fact that my body isn’t able to do what I want it to do. But I didn’t want to stay in that place. I was able to shift my thinking from the things that I am unable to do to the progress that I’ve made since the marathon, and ended the day feeling mildly optimistic! Here are some things that made my list:
- I can bend my knee without pain and stiffness. If you had seen me the week of the marathon, you would completely understand. Plus, I had a few weeks of residual knee stiffness that would happen after sitting for extended periods of time, that is now GONE!!
- I can sleep on my left (injured) side without pain. In the beginning, and even before the beginning, sleeping on my left side caused A LOT of stiffness when I got up in the morning. Problem: I sleep mainly on my left side. But, every day, when I get up I feel better!
- My ankle has regained range of motion. It’s ALL connected, people. EVERYTHING is connected to the hip. I had noticed that when my ITB was starting to act up, I would feel some pain in my ankle when I moved it a certain way. That feeling is gone!!
- I can’t feel my ITB. This is a biggie, because my ITB has been so tight that I could feel it when I moved certain ways (well, most ways to be honest). I personally like it better when I don’t even know it is there! LOL
- I don’t have TFL tightness when I get up after sitting.
I saw my chiropractor yesterday and he was unconcerned about my plan to begin running this weekend AND thinks our weekly visits should be extended to bi-weekly. But I have one more hurdle. I see my myofascia guy on Wednesday and that will be the real test. I haven’t been in 3 weeks and to say that I am anxious would be an understatement! To me, my body feels like it is in a much better place than when I visited him 3 weeks ago, but I will rely on his assessment to made the final decision about running this weekend or holding off a little longer. I welcome ALL of your good mojo, because I need some good news!!
I’ll leave you with last night’s dinner. Grilled chicken, baked potato and one of my faves – Brussels sprouts!! I recreated a dish that my niece brought to Thanksgiving, by baking the Brussels in olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and dried cranberries. It was DIVINE. And I am sharing this photo for my ONE friend who LOVES Brussels sprouts SOOOO MUCH! This is for you, Jane!
Happy Tuesday everyone!!