Quick update! Friday, I had an appointment with an orthopedic doctor who, in a nutshell, told me in no uncertain times to put down my running shoes until all pain is gone. He’s still not entirely clear on what my injury/mysterious leg pain is exactly and wants me to get an MRI, but said pain is not normal and running through it just because I have a race coming up (or, as I put it to him, “don’t want to be a wuss”) is not wise.
In happier news, I’m spending a lot more time doing non-running activities now, and I joined a gym! I actually joined a few weeks ago because of a great membership sale that was going on with the intention of making use of it over the summer when I’ll be traveling a lot — before I had a real inkling I’d be benched from running outside due to an injury. Now it’s turned out to be the best decision!
I’ve been an avid gym member for years, really since college, but was hesitant to join a real gym since moving here to San Diego. I mean, with the beautiful weather (most days) and all the race training I’ve been doing, it just didn’t make sense at first. Plus, my apartment complex has a small fitness room with the basics, making it seeming even more unnecessary financially, you know? But here’s the thing.
I realized I missed going to a gym.
I’ve always really enjoyed the gym environment (weird?) and find that it helps motivate me to push myself further. I also love having access to class like spinning (my favorite) and Body Pump, not to mention I’m working from home most days for the next couple of months, and it’s just nice to have a good excuse to get out of the house first thing in the morning. And you know what?
Amen. But in all seriousness, health and wellness is something I feel strongly about, and don’t mind spending money on (as long as I have it, of course).
I’m pretty frugal when it comes to most things in life (um, can’t remember the last time I bought a new outfit), but if it has to do with my fitness goals or eating well (i.e. healthy groceries to stock my kitchen or new running shoes to replace a worn pair), I’m all over it. This is within reason, of course. I’m not the type to run a race with a $300 entry fee, or even pay to run a race at all if it’s under 13.1 miles (I could do that in my own neighborhood for free). Heck, I refuse to take yoga classes that are $25. Fun fact: I use Living Social/Groupon type deals for the majority of yoga or fitness classes I take. 😉
For me, though, this gym membership fell into the “worth it” category.
So that’s where I’m at right now. I did try to run yesterday, and there was still pain………… so if you need me, check the nearest elliptical machine.