But after this off-season (3 weeks) I tried to return to running only to find myself very, very beat up. I was limping home after 2.5 miles. Surprise, surprise! All those painful imbalances didn’t right themselves after a hard 26.2 and three weeks of Ben & Jerrys on my couch. So weird, right?
Confused, I thought, maybe I should just add another week to off season. But after a few attempts I just couldn’t crawl back into my eating pants. I was so, so sick of myself. I needed to adjust my December plan. It wasn’t time to get back to base building mileage quite yet, it was time to get into foundation building. In case it’s not obvious, I know nothing about houses so in this analogy the foundation building is the planning, design, and digging part and ground packing part. Basically lining up the firm foundation to put the first wall skeleton. And the wall skeleton is mileage.
The new December plan? Running every other day to stay sane, working with a PT to figure out the pinched feeling in my right groin (?) and outer hip, returning to the exercise list that got me to NYC standing up, and I'm challenging myself to a #hitresetstreak. I’ve found no better translator between me and my body than Jasyoga, and every time I actually commit daily time to Hit Reset I can feel the difference. It’s time to break up the strange, rigid alliances my body is delicately leaning on. Some walls might need to come down to build a more solid house.
At first I thought I’d Julie and Julia my way through the month doing every single video. But now my plan is to take what I know I need to work on while also listening everyday to what my body needs. And to find at least one video a week that I’ve never done. Like yesterday I did Hip Strength/Stability. So good. I'll also use routines from Hit Reset Book. Only rule? Must commit at least 5 minutes a day.
I’m looking ahead to January 1st, knowing that I can create a lot of positive change in 31 days when I actually do the work every day. I saw it in 3.5 weeks before NYCM, I believe, and now I just need to remind myself of that every day. You in?