Monday, July 9, 2012

Dry socket...

I was starting to get excited about restarting the C25K program this week, but instead will be avoiding anything that will jar my body. Why? When I woke last night (a few times) I was in extreme pain from a tooth extraction. This really surprised me since the tooth had already had a root canal several years ago. The reason for the extraction was simply because I had broken it and there wasn't really enough left to repair. All was going fine until the wee hours of the morning.

A dry socket really doesn't make a lot of sense for me since I don't usually use straws or smoke or any of the several activities that increase your chance for one. Oh well, I know how to take care of it, even without returning to the dentist.

Even so, this diminishes the things I can do physically. Yoga? Nope, the downward position of my head increases the throbbing. Running? No way. Ah, but I can still ride the bike and I can still belly dance. And chains. It looks like it will be a productive week after all.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

891.3 Miles

(3.1, during my first 5k)

Yesterday morning I participated in my first 5k. I was pretty nervous about it beforehand, but I knew that I could do it. This is what I've been getting ready for for the last month. Cool, huh? I ran some of it, walked most and came in at 44:12. I was told that was a pretty good time, but I am looking forward to doing better. One of the coolest parts? A friend, who had just learned of this last Sunday, showed up to show her support. That was so sweet!

I am still not sure how I feel about it all. I know that there was no sense of exuberance at the end, more of a quiet knowledge deep inside that I completed something that I'd set my mind to. And that, I think, is better for me than wanting to shout about it.

Today I am hurting in unexpected places like my shoulders. I figured my legs would hurt, possibly even my hips and lower back (I definitely need different shoes), but my stomach and my shoulders are surprising. Still, it's almost as if my body were telling me that it's here, and alive, and very much ready for more.

During this week I will not be running. Not because of the pain, but because I'm going to do a 7-day detox and it's not a good idea to push yourself during something like that. So I'll be spending time on the treadmill (walking only), enjoying my yoga, and maybe a little belly dance or hooping. Next week I'll be starting Week 3 of the Couch to 5k over again. I'm determined that I'll be able to run an entire 5k by my birthday.

Brianna took this as I was finishing up.