Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments, advice and shared hatred of running injuries. 🙂 It’s nice to know that you guys “get it.”
The IT band is still pretty pissed at me, so I’ve been taking it easy with some cross training on the elliptical and spin bike this week. And totally drowning with tests, papers, studying and regular old work.
So the week has been fairly crap-tastical. Let’s recap:
- I’m injured. Waaaah.
- I’ve realized the hard way that I’m not dedicating enough time and energy to my schoolwork/studies
- All of the stupid things I’ve done recently have caught up to my credit card bills (hello, emergency room co-pay, ginormous locksmith fee and impromptu shopping spree…)
- It was gloomy outside
- Work has been dragging, yet busy and stressful
Has anyone ever felt that you’re just not with it? Or like you’re just floating through the day without retaining information, forgetting important deadlines while being entirely unproductive? I’m SO over it.
And with that, I’m going to quit my whining, sack up and get things done. First I feel I must purge the negative, doom and gloom cloud that’s been hanging over my head and get with the program.
Kind of like I purged 15+ pairs of running shoes from my closet last weekend (thanks, Jack Rabbit, for taking these back and not judging or wondering how a single person can accumulate so many shoes)
So I’ve got a plan that, if successful, will save my near-perfect GPA and allow my crankypants IT band to heal.
- Make detailed study schedules and stick to them
- Meet with professor to discuss crappy test performance(s)
- Repetition, repetition, repetition until information is retained and understood
- Draft gigantic research paper in sections, making each section perfect before moving on
- Begin studying for finals ASAP
- Limit blogging and blog-reading time (sigh, it has to be done)
- Limit fun-having time to near nonexistent levels (and keep telling myself “it’s only temporary…”)
Operation 30 days of IT Band Healing
- Join nearby Bikram yoga studio for sweet “30 days for $30” deal
- Bikram myself out at least 3 times per week, with easy elliptical and spin biking on alternating days
- Continue daily PT exercises and stretching
- NO RUNNING for at least another week, with only teeny, short attempts allowed if the band is feelin’ ok
I definitely don’t want to screw around and prolong this injury for months and months by attempting to run too far, too early like I have in the past. I think having something new to focus on physically (hot, sweaty, challenging yoga) and a mentally (MUST. Get. A’s) will make the next month fly by, and running will come back slowly by Christmas.
That’s pretty much all I want for Christmas – a healthy IT band and the ability to run with reckless, pain-free abandon – ya hearin’ me, Santa?
(ok, if you’re really listing, Santa, a Chanel bag wouldn’t hurt either…)
Hope everyone has a good weekend – I’ll be studying ‘till I can’t study no mo’ – and will be sad to miss a fun blogger brunch on Sunday (but hope to meet some more of the great NYC health bloggers soon!)
Question: What do you do when you feel like you’ve just lost your focus?