Please forgive me, dear runners. It's been 42 days since my last run..
I wish I could have been running this past month, and I wish I was #runfessing about it now. But I am gonna break stride (see what I did there?) and share some #StressFractureFessions this go-round. After all, this stress fracture has been my reality since August 19th, when it was first diagnosed.
Anyways, shall we begin?
First off, I'll #StressFractureFess that I gave Frank the boot, quite literally. Remember him? The ugly orthotic boot? Well, he was wreaking some major havoc on my back and my hips, due to the 2-1/2 inch elevation (on the affected foot, but NOT the other) when he and I walked. Thankfully, my podiatrist told me that my running shoes would be a great alternative, due to their thick soles and firm support. I was still advised to stay off my feet as much as possible, and I was still forbidden from all things running, walking, and stair-climbing. But for casually walking around the house, the running kicks would suffice so long as I made a concerted effort to NOT put any weight on the ball of my foot. Deal!
Next, I'll #StressFractureFess that I have an arsenal of retired running shoes, and many were given new life. It's no secret that I have a slight obsession with color, and my running shoes reflect that indulgence. I feel like I've dressed more like a golf pro the past month than an office worker, but at least I've been able to color-coordinate my shoes to most of my outfits. It's the little things, right?
It seems like I'm always talking about the diminishing daylight, and now I'm going to #StressFractureFess about it, too. I have not been able to enjoy an early-morning run in the past six weeks. Now that we're on the "dark side" of the autumnal equinox, it's going to be several months before any early morning runs happen with even a hint of sunrise (at least on weekdays). That said, Gustavas and I have been sharing many an adventure in the wee hours, complete with (his) headlight and (my) Noxgear vest. Truth be told, it turns out the early morning rides are just as tranquil, yet energy-inducing, as the early morning runs (and power walks, which haven't been happening either). Lemons-to-lemonade, anyone?
Speaking of Gustavas (he's my trusty mountain bike, by the way), let me #StressFractureFess that he's practically been my best friend these past six weeks. Currently, we have a biking streak going (since August 22nd), and have ridden just under 400 miles in the past 35 days. Once I'm cleared for walking (and eventually running), I'll be cutting back on the daily biking, but I plan to continue biking outdoors until the temps get too cold. Why not?
Finally, not really a #StressFractureFession, but an annoyance...the reels on Instagram. UGH. My apologies to anyone who loves (or shares) them, but I'm not a fan. Maybe there's a way to turn them off (?), but I don't appreciate the loud music or being forced to watch them if I can't scroll past them fast enough. At least on Facebook, you have the option to hit the "play/stop" icon for most videos...is there such as a thing on Insta? Can someone enlighten me?
Anyways, I could share many more 'fessions from the past month, but this will have to do for now. You're welcome.
How about you? Anything to runfess? Or any other 'fessions to share?
I'm linking this with Marcia for the monthly Runfessions link-up.
I'm also linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up.