Happy Monday, y’all!
I’m back for another installment of Weekend Update, fabulous Tara’s link-up. Please go check out her blog, Running ‘n’ Reading, to read about the races she’s been running and the books she’s been reading.
This update will be short for 2 reasons:
1. Last weekend’s update was of biblical proportions; and,
2. I didn’t do that much interesting stuff last weekend.
I did, however, go to my first chiropractic appointment, which was kind of a downer but also provided me with some hope. Basically, my pelvis is rotated (which I knew), and my back is all kinds of jacked up, from my cervical spine to my sacrum (which I didn’t know). My chiro is a runner and enjoys working on runners (probably because we’re such dysfunctional puzzles), so I’m confident the treatment she provides will eventually get me back out on the roads, running without trouble. I say “eventually” because she recommends I take a break from running for the time-being. I don’t know how long this hiatus will last, although I’m sure it will extend longer than my past breaks, which were 2 weeks at most.
I’m totally fine with taking a longer break, even if it’s a month or 2. Really. I’m not just saying that to trick myself into feeling better (okay, maybe I am, just a little). I know that my body needs to get back to its normal, functional self before I can start logging 20-, 30-, and 40-mile weeks on pavement. I don’t want to start back before my body’s ready and end up having to take another, even longer, break.
I discussed this with my coach, Kris, and she’s bummed for me but she doesn’t want me to push it, either. From her perspective, that means I shouldn’t do things like run fast half-marathons “just for fun” (which is one of my favorite things to do), and that I need to be more careful about how I race. This has actually been an ongoing dialogue between us, because when I started working with Kris I was running 4-6 half-marathons a year “for fun” and at my “if you’re not first, you’re last”-pace. I can’t race like that and then expect to BQ at marathons. Kris made me make a choice, and I chose to focus on one or two quality marathons per year. When I return to running this year, I probably need to be even more careful and deliberate. In other words, it’s a bad idea for me to run a half inadequately trained just because I’m already registered and don’t want to waste money.
The rest of my weekend was a lot of fun, thankfully. I took back-to-back group equipment Pilates and yoga classes on Saturday morning, so I felt strong and stretchy for the rest of that day.
My husband and I went to a school auction on Saturday night and “won”–along with Aimee and her husband–a package to see “Wicked” (yay! Finally!) and eat at Canlis, a fancy-schmancy restaurant in Seattle.
And I started reading our latest book club selection, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, a collection of essays. I was supposed to start reading it last month but I forgot, and then was reminded of this obligation when I received a message on Saturday about our upcoming meeting on Tuesday. Oops. 320 pages in 3 days? Sure…
I thought it was going to be very dry, serious, and cerebral. Because, well, look at the title. But. It’s a really humorous, thoughtful book about being a female. I enjoy the writer’s voice, and I appreciate that she’s my age. She’s capable to discussing everything from the masks females wear to rape to Lena Dunham’s “Girls” to Sweet Valley High. I think my book club is going to have a lot of material to discuss tomorrow. So far I am loving this book.
So that was my weekend in a nutshell.
How was your weekend? What book are you currently reading? Do you like going to auctions?