It's been awhile since I've landed at my blog. My biggest hang up has the the inability to run. It all started with a great backpacking trip and a run 3 days after returning home. Two miles into that run, it hurt a little and then a lot. I just had to get home . . . hoping it was just shin splints. Four weeks and 2 doctor appointments later (and an x-ray to be on the safe side) and it was determined that I needed to take some time off, might have a stress fracture although I was told it was unlikely, and that it was probably some tendinitis. So, for the first time in my life I missed a race I had signed up for and watched all the racers run by without me.
For only the 3rd time in 10 years I took more than a week off from running (and the other two times were after giving birth to my two children), and almost 9 years since I had an injury. It's unbelievable how stressed out all of this made me and how bad I was jonesing for a run. Yes, I could ride my bike and I was allowed to swim (although I probably would have drowned if I had tried), but it just doesn't compare to the release and the great workout of a run.
So after 4 week without a run, I gave it a try last week. It was ugly and painful, but not in the leg-hurting kind of way. So, I tried again a few days later. Leg still felt good and I actually felt like I was running again. It's not real shocking how much my stress level has gone down the last few days also.
I'm hoping this means I'm back, but only time will tell . . .