Luckily, my runner girls rallied around me and kept me from going insane - on 24hr standby most days. They listened while I whined and bitch slapped me when I needed it. I will be forever grateful to these two ladies for all they did to keep me from going insane - whether they knew it or not.
So, come September 1 when I was cleared to run again - I was looking very forward to hopping right back into the game. There was one pretty big hiccup in my plans though - I forgot the habit part of it all. And the fact that when you set aside one thing - other things move in to take over the time you used to spend on them. My running habit was broken and everyone I knew was going too far and too fast for me on their own training plans. I was sidelined again on the social side but I did it to myself in that I didn't want to slow them down to build myself back up.
Yeah - I got bitchslapped again.
And then I got my ass dragged out there. My BRF, Tina, happened to have today off and she told me she would drive down to run with me - my pace, my distance..whatever...but we needed to get my head out of my ass and my ass onto the road again.
Luckily - the weather also happens to be unseasonably warm right now. Slush city, but capri weather nonetheless.
And that slush - probably exactly what my shoes needed...they were still caked in mud from Woodstock...er, I mean the after party at RNR Van.
Tina was a little late, but we were soon on our way, making our loop of Southwood
The first sign of how out of shape I am was when I had to walk up the hill on Southland.
Once we were on Elbow, however - it was mostly smooth sailing. We had to single-file it to get past the icy bits, but it was all good. The hill down Sacramento was fairly clear, but once we were at the bottom - it was treacherous. Coming into the homestretch - I took a lovely fall that managed to bonk my left ass cheek and my right knee simultaneously (See - still got talent!) Not even sure if you can see the red mark in the pic, but I pouted.
But it was so good to be out with a friend.
I have only run 4 times since I was cleared and I need to do better. If for no other reason that i need the run-therapy that co es with running with friends. And in that almost 4k today - I think we got in a little run-therapy that each of us needed so badly. Time to build momentum.