Day 15 – National Blog Posting Month
I haven’t run in a week. After the half-marathon I didn’t take a break, I just kept going. I ran 10 km a week later and my body started tell me to slow down. Of course, I didn’t listen. The nagging ache in my calves didn’t let up. The nagging ache in my SI joint started nagging me more. The writing was on the wall. I needed a rest.
So, for the past week I rested. I laid off the weights and got on the stationary bike once for 35 minutes. Last night, for the first time in 8 days, I did some upper body weights. I plan on a short 3-5 km run this afternoon. A week off the running may not be enough physically for my body to rest but my mind needs to get back out there.
When I run I think. Sometimes I think about a recent patient and go over the history, physical exam and lab findings and think of other diagnoses that might have eluded me at the time. Often I just process my day so that I can leave it on the pavement and start fresh tomorrow. More often than not, it’s a chance for me to have quiet time to reflect on everything and nothing. I guess you could say it’s a form of therapy.
Mind over matter.