While we live, let us live.
I was woken up by a (not unexpected) phone call. The patient I visited at home yesterday died this morning.
After the last 24 hours, I really needed to focus on something positive. I have really missed running. It’s been two weeks since I ran. My legs are rested, they’ve been massaged and I’ve cross-trained with biking to work. I really needed to run.
With the older two kids away at my in-laws, I finally had an opportunity to go to my local running store and spend some time trying on shoes. I had to bring the baby but he was so good!! He smiled and cooed for the staff. I didn’t feel rushed and tried on four pairs of shoes and ran a bit in all of them.
I chose the Asics Gel-Cumulus 16.
When I compared the Asics to my old Brooks Ravenna shoes, the difference was subtle but telling. In the Brooks I felt like I was running on a really hard surface. Not so with the Asics. I wouldn’t say it felt like I was running on a cloud (ha! Cumulus is a type of cloud) but it was definitely much more cushioned than what I was used to. Even though the Brooks didn’t look worn out, I guess they really were.
I also picked up a few torture devices.
The dreaded foam rollers. Every runner I know has one so I finally caved and put down the money for them. I want to continue running so I need to take care of my muscles and ligaments after a run.
So, although I have not gotten the “all clear” from my physiotherapist, I had to try out the new shoes. As I mentioned, after the sadness of the last 24 hours, I needed to feel something positive. I needed to feel life.
I planned only 2-3 km, but after the first kilometer I started to worry that it was too soon. The anterior shins felt tight and ached. I decided to slow down and took more 20 second walk breaks and eventually the ache subsided. Before I knew it, I had gone 3.5 km and was close enough to home that I knew I would finish at 4 km. For a split second I considered going for 5 km but knew this would be likely pushing my luck. The posterior shins were not hurting at all. The new shoes felt good, comfortable and my feet felt like they were well-cushioned.
After the run, I rolled the legs, stretched and applied an anti-inflammatory cream that my physiotherapist gave me.
I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I might be back!!