Hi! How was your fourth? I certainly embraced this strange non-holiday smack in the middle of the week.
We hung out on the stoop…
Popped into a couple pubs…
and grilled up some food…
It was a welcomed break from the normal weekly grind.
Funny story. Since I’ve been injured and have been frequenting the gym on a daily basis, I’ve noticed a consistent crew of us early birds around 5 AM. The past few weeks, I’ve noticed a girl on a nearby treadmill, and envied her intense interval/incline workouts. However today, I noticed she was on the stair master instead. This morning while I was in the empty yoga room stretching after another elliptical workout, she came up to me and said:
Girl: “Hey, are you a runner?”
Me: “Yea… well I’m injured. You?”
Girl: “Yep. I thought you looked like a runner, I think I’m injured too…”
Which led into a 10 minute conversation about running injuries, cross training, fall races, etc. Her injury sounded like behind-the-knee tendonitis that will hopefully heal in a matter of weeks. But it was so nice to connect and commiserate with someone in the running community again – and to still be IN the “running community” for that matter! So – thank you, runner-girl at the gym, for making me feel part of that world again.
Am I being dramatic?
Don’t you love it when you meet someone and realize they’re also a runner, and you suddenly spin off into an endless conversation about all things running? And then you feel bad for everyone around you who is not a runner? Reminded me of this NYRR T-shirt:
Another funny story. Yesterday I visited my new primary care doctor for the first time. During my physical, we discussed my medical history including my current sfx issue. While I was lying on the table later, she was listening to my heart and said, “Well, don’t worry, Katie. You still have the heart of a runner. Runner hearts are always kinda like… Hmmm… I don’t really need to work too hard right now… la dee da.” Ha! I loved that. Also, after I explained my injury, she put her clip board down, looked at me and said, “Not running. Hmm. This must be really hard for you. How are you handling it - emotionally?” YES! Thank you! A doctor that understands us! I completely appreciated that she recognized the significance of running on more than just a physical level. So, thank you, new doctor! You’ve already exceeded my expectations!
9 weeks down… 3 more to go?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Keep cool.
Life's not so bad.