Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I'll Huff and I'll Puff and I'll Blow Your House Down
When I started running, I basically built my running fitness out of straw. I didn't have a foundation and the "walls" were very weak. Consequently, I ended up getting hurt. After taking five weeks off, I was able to run again. I talked about strength training quite a bit, but I really didn't know what to do at the time so I "built my house out of sticks" and simply added biking and swimming to my running. I thought I was doing well to add yoga to the mix.
Quite a while later I had a little issue with my knee. (Can you hear the "WHOOSH" sound of the big bad wolf's hot air?) After the requisite five weeks off, I came back strong at Wet Dog, moving right back into a house of sticks!!
Then this issue hit with my shoulder in September 2012. Fifteen months worth of issue. If you've followed my blog for long, you'll know I had surgery January 2014. Unfortunately, it wasn't five weeks off this time, it was EIGHT.
From the time I was told I needed surgery until yesterday I was making plans about "building my house of bricks" when the time came. I was thinking through how I wasn't going to start running/biking/swimming right out of the gate. I was going to work on general strength--core, arms, legs, even respiratory muscles! No more big bad wolf for me. Strong foundation and strong walls, that was the plan.
Until I heard, "you can do what ever you WANT to!"
WANT! What I want is to race McKay Hollow on March 22nd. I want to start training for another IronMan. I want to get out on my bike. That's like when my husband says "what do you WANT to eat?" What I WANT is pizza, ice cream, Mexican, lasagna, Kit Kat, Nutty Bars...and the list goes on. I don't WANT salad and grilled chicken.
Pig number one and number two WANTED to have fun. They wanted to play all day. They didn't WANT to take the time to build a solid foundation and solid walls. And...clearly they weren't thinking about the big bad wolf! Pig number three however took the time on the front end to prepare a good footing. He properly stacked brick and mortar, and obviously put in a sizable fireplace because when the big bad wolf couldn't blow number three's house down, that wolf ended up in a soup pot!!
I'm not saying I won't be running/swimming/Spinning*, but I can say I will be doing so sparingly while I work on my masonry skills! I'd rather have wolf soup than be forced to take five or eight (or more) weeks off again!!
Until next time.... :D
(*My surgeon said Spin is okay but no biking right now.)