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July 4, 2012

On Change and Challenge

On Change and Challenge

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  ~ Victor Frankl

I guess that one could say that change is the most predictable thing in life that you can’t prepare for. So why then, are we still surprised when it happens? We call it “unwelcome change” or say “the change was unanticipated” – but isn’t that almost always the case? Change is change. Who am I to judge if it’s good or bad or just different.

For just over a month pain has been hampering my ability to run. Frankly, it has hampered my ability to walk on someday (stairs are the worst), or sit comfortably. So yesterday I took the next step in treatment.

Lumbar epidural steroid injection is a long name for a procedure that involves placing a long needle into the spine and delivering a drug (in this case a ling acting steroid) to the precise spot that seems to be causing the trouble (in this case between my 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. The hope is that over the next 3-10 days I get a whole lot of pain and symptom relief and then I can really get back to recovering and doing the things I miss including running.

Of course this also leaves open other possibilities. I might only get a little better. I might get no relief at all. I also have to assume that after this much time even if I had the most perfect outcome I’m still not going to get up in 10 days and start running where I left off. I have had a lot of moments lately of feeling pretty bad about the whole thing – sometimes that’s worse than the physical pain. Funny how the mind works like that.

To get out of that, one thing I do is ask myself: If not this, then what?

Nothing really beats running for fitting into my life. It’s portable, it’s adaptable, it’s efficient. I have come to rely on it in a way because I really can take running with me as easily as my laptop. But I certainly can’t do it right now and I don’t know when I’ll get the thumbs up to run again.

So today I bought a bicycle. Continue reading…

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March 7, 2012

Oh, My Aching Calves!

Oh, My Aching Calves!

For those of you who have been following along, I live at the beach in Southern California, and since I run these days, I often run near the sand. Did you catch the word “near” in that sentence? I discovered through early attempts that running on sand (even the hard packed stuff down by the edge of the water) is nothing at all like running on a hard/solid surface. Since I have great access to paved paths and trails near my house that parallel the river and the beach, I had just sort of decided that sand was not for me.

But at heart, I am a beach girl. More and more often lately I was putting on my running shoes and thinking “maybe if I just do a little run on the sand….” And then I found myself doing, say, a half mile on the sand and the rest of my run on pavement…and then I was wanting more. We are approaching daylight savings time and the days are getting longer, so when I run in the evening there is the call of sunsets and ocean breezes.

I tried running barefoot on the sand. Isn’t that what we all did as kids? Isn’t that all the rage right now? Not for me. But it did put the idea in my head that my current shoes were pretty heavy with a thick tread that felt like it sort of stuck in the sand.  Maybe new shoes would make the difference.

Besides, who doesn’t want new shoes? Continue reading…

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December 21, 2011

Notes on Shoes and Humility

Notes on Shoes and Humility

When I first decided to run, I thought I would run on a treadmill (you can read about that here). When I ditched that idea and opted instead to start simply with a pair of shoes, I thought it would be really easy. After all, I am a woman, right? How hard can it be to buy a pair of shoes?

I bought my first pair of running shoes at an athletic shoes store in Boulder, Colorado. There were so many choices it was overwhelming. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have really small feet, so that limited the options right away. Most of the people shopping for shoes in this place seemed to know exactly what they wanted and the busy sales people really didn’t have time to answer any questions. When I did finally get someone to assist, he measured my feet, brought me about a half-dozen boxes of shoes and told me to try them and walk or jog around in them.

I tried them all. My first thoughts were: wow, are most running shoes ugly.

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