Focus in life has taken a slight shift as of late. Here… let me break it on down for you.
Just a refresher… in early September, it was discovered that James had a herniated disk. Because of this, most of our long-distance travel plans and races were cancelled, as well as some local. In the meantime, the most important thing going on right now is James healing.
Have you ever lived with a runner/active person who is completely incapacitated? Not only is there the physical pain to deal with, there’s the depression associated with not being able to be active. He can’t bend, twist, push, pull, lift anything more than 5 pounds, stand for long periods, or even walk without pain. And he is not a happy camper.
It’s not been an easy road, especially for James. His new “normal” is horrible pain if he’s not in a neutral spine position. He underwent an MRI so that he could get an epidural injection for pain relief and had the injection about 10 days ago. The injection was supposed to help him start more aggressive physical therapy so that he could begin his healing journey. The verdict is still out on whether or not it has helped. We don’t know if James is going to need surgery or not, but we do know if the pain doesn’t ease up soon, the option of a diskectomy at the new year will be discussed.
Hence, I’ve joined a gym to get me the hell out of the house (#kiddingnotkidding).
Actually, as Fall has arrived, and with it rain and 35-degree (F) temps in the morning, I’m enjoying having a change of scenery with the gym and a change-up in routine. And they have the nicest treadmills on which to run. As an experiment, I got on the elliptical and realized just how out of shape my non-running muscles truly are, so I believe I got back into the gym just in the nick of time.
Which brings me to why I haven’t been as active on WordPress or social media as I am normally. I’m in the process of finding the proper balance of a new routine, so forgive me if I’ve been lame and neglectful.
But wait! There’s more!
I’m also in the process of testing some Oofos recovery sandals and it just so happens I have a brand new pair to give away. Are you female and wear a size 9? Do you like flip flops? Do you like the color black? Do you like walking on clouds? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You don’t need to be a runner to enjoy these!
By the way, Marine Corps Marathon is this weekend… heavy sigh from both of us. But definitely something to look forward to next year…
Happy training, my friends!
NOTE: As of 8 a.m. Pacific, the Oofos have been snatched up. Yayyyy Donna! Thank you for contacting me and being such a great supporter and friend!