Running with a potentially broken finger

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I finally got back the gym after a full week of a weird bug in our house.  I'm not a fan of the treadmill, but it's going to be my best friend for's only May and it's already in the 100's here! I'm trying to view this season as our "winter" (aka don't go outside), but it's really making me long for real winter.  Anyway, I'm picky about my treadmill experience.  There are only 2 at the gym that don't have TVs and while I love watching me some Chip and Joanna Gaines, I don't want to kiss them.  I seriously don't understand how people can watch TV so close and be running and not barf.  So my strategy is to snag a treadmill behind one with HGTV on and I'm set.  Naturally someone always breaks my perfect plan and gets on my TV viewing machine and I get to watch a head bobble in between my show.  Today, the gentleman who stole the machine decided to walk backwards and it was super awkward.  I need to find a short friend to conspire with me on these treadmills. 

Anyone else ever run with a potentially broken finger?

I've been trying to read this book for months.  Literally.  I get a paragraph read and get interrupted and I'll be lucky if I finish this book by Christmas.  But what I have read has come at the perfect time.  Here are a few points that have really hit home for me:

*"because of rampant obesity, one in three children born in the United States is at risk of diabetes--meaning, we could be the first generation of Americans to outlive our own children.

*"If you have a choice between one step or two, take three."

*"Think Easy, Light, Smooth."  Don't fight the run, enjoy the scenery. 

*"Instead of cringing from fatigue, you embrace it.  You refuse to let it go.  You get to know it so well, you're not afraid of it anymore."  
Lisa Smith-Batchen said, "I love the Beast.  I actually look forward to the Beast showing up, because every time he does, I handle him better.  I get him more under control."  
"You can't hate the Beast and expect to beat it; the only way to truly conquer something, is to love it."

*Simply the joy of life will make you a great runner.
*Don't have a quote, but it talked of a man who began to run barefoot to really feel how he runs instead of letting highly cushioned shoes do all the work or tweak how he runs.  He just thought about how his body felt and he ran the best he's ever run.

This week was the first time I truly enjoyed running in a very long time.  The book made me realize that in the past, I only focused on the goal of completing a run and completing it "well", or to a certain standard.  So this week, I changed my thoughts and I only thought about how I felt and tried to take more steps per minute and didn't worry for a second how fast or how far I've gone or if I stopped for water.  I kept getting a little stitch in my right hamstring.  It's happened several times before on the treadmill, but this time, I took the time to really think about it and figure out why it was happening and how to make it stop.  I really wanted to ask the guy walking backwards to look at my form and tell me what I was doing wrong, but that would just add to the awkward.  I learned that if I leaned forward (I would really be kissing Chip Gaines if my machine had a TV) then I didn't get a stitch.  It was exciting to really solve the problem instead of just ignore it and complain about it.  

Here's hoping the running streak continues!

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