Weekend Update

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.

Womp womp.

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). Gray_111_-_Vertebral_column-colouredMy 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. ricky bobbys dadI 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.

In our auction finery

In our auction finery

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?  

12 thoughts on “Weekend Update

  1. Molly, my book blogging friend Sarah (at Sarah’s Book Shelves) had some interesting things to say about this one; I was definitely intrigued! I hope you enjoy it and that you are reading right now, since you’ve obviously got some work to do – ha! 🙂 Seriously, though, I’m glad that you are taking the time to let your body do what it needs to do and that you’ve found a great healthcare partner to assist in that process. We want to be running for a long time, right? This means we have to take care of us now. Kudos! Wicked will be wicked awesome; that is such a wonderful treat. Thanks so much for linking up with the blog today and I hope your week is off to a good start!

    • When I finish it I want to check out what Sarah thought. There are so many jumping-off points for discussions! I’m reading it on the Epub/Overdrive platform so I can’t excerpt anything for future reference (like on a Kindle). I wish I had the paper version because the book is just crying out for margin notes!

  2. Martha B says:

    You are so smart in changing your perspective and taking time to heal. I too am guilty of that half marathon just for fun, fast as I can, not really being mindful thing. I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in the fun of that. I’m sorry that it left you hurt. You are so right in choosing quality now to get you to your ultimate BQ goal. Way to go.
    I loved Bad a Feminist by the way. What an excellent book club selection.

    • Thanks, Martha! Doing yoga and Pilates help me feel like I’m at least doing *something* right now. Fortunately, they’re also stress-relievers like running.

      I love this book and cannot wait to discuss it tomorrow. I’m interested to hear what my friends think of some of her observations and ideas.

  3. Wow – what a weekend and lots of topics covered! I have a couple of comment items:

    1) Chiropractic – I’ve been going for ages, and it’s kept me ‘aligned’. My chiropractor is not just a runner, but an IronMan competitor (who frequently places in the top 3 in her age group). She’s fantastic, and she ‘gets it’.

    2) Fast half marathons – I did my PB half marathon last February (same race coming up again next week and that will be a featured post on Grow Your Blog); I also did my first and second marathons. But I’ve decided to focus on halfs this year (http://bitly.com/1BwbqxI)…I found the marathons took a toll, both on my body and in terms of time. But it sounds like you’ve got the right strategy in place.

    3) Injury – be well!! It’s SO HARD to take time off, but it will pay off in the long run. Wishing you quick healing!

  4. Ugh on the injury. Knock on wood, it’s been a while since I’ve been there, but I do believe having a positive attitude goes far in your recovery. Being injured is always a good time to try some new things as well. I hope you heal up well and don’t go crazy in the meantime! All of you readers are making me feel guilty for not reading. I need a book. Quickly.

  5. It sucks to not be able to run, but it’s awesome you can still do yoga and pilates and all that, and strengthen your body during the off time! And you’ll come back even stronger than before 🙂 I just started reading Anna and Katherine, the first book for my first book club. We’re meeting in a couple weeks so I still have a little time, but I’m impressed with your 320 pages in 3 days.

  6. I totally get what you are going through. I had to take about 4 -6 weeks off last summer per my chiropractor. It sucked, but if we want to run in the long run it’s worth it. And it made me expand my horizons and I discovered there are actually OTHER things that I like to do…shocking! The time will go by fast and you will feel so much better!

    • I hope you’re right, Sue. I was just texting my BRF this morning about how long it seems since we last ran together, but it’s only been a week and one day! Time’s passing slowly.

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