I am running again. I literally took the whole summer off from running. My left leg IT band was so sore and painful after last springs training and race, I knew I needed a break. I did remain active throughout the summer with golf, walking, and biking. I bought a bike after the marathon to help with cross-training. I love being outside and a bike was a great option. I work in a Wellness Center so all the equipment I need is right outside my office door. I also played a lot of golf. I am a golfer through and through. Being on a golf course is like being home. I also did not want to run because the IT problems affected my golf game. I had some soreness at the beginning of summer while playing golf and even had to walk off the course due to severe pain in my left leg. However, in the last 6-8 weeks I have not had any problems.
I just started running again this week. For the next 2-3 weeks I do not plan on running more than 2-3 miles probably only 2-3 times per week. I started running on the treadmill. I was recommended by a family member to try the treadmill first because of the "shock absorption" that treadmills apply. I do not want to start pounding the pavement to go back on the injured list. I am not really sore except in my leg leg on the lateral side. I will not lie, it makes me nervous. The problem area. I know IT band syndrome is from over-training and poor stretching. I need to be very careful.
I did sign-up again for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon in May. I am very excited to run in the race, again. It was so much fun last year. I hope to have a good training season. I will definitely limit the races I do in the spring to keep my body in shape. This is another exciting time. My true training will begin after the new year but I am just trying to get my running legs under me again
The last two weeks have been crazy. I ran a 30K, finished one job, went on a mini-vacation to Washington D.C., started a new job. It has been crazy but fun.
Last Thursday (March 31), I finished my job as the Health and Wellness Director at the Penn Hills YMCA. I then moved some stuff back to Johnstown so that night I could go to a local musical and out with some friends. The next morning I did a run and then traveled to Washington D.C. for the weekend. I went to visit a close friend and see the cherry blossoms. I then came back to Johnstown to start my new job. My first day was yesterday (April 4). The first week as with all jobs is just getting to know the place. I took a position wit the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as the Director of the Wellness Center.
I have been able to run. On Saturday morning I was able to run through D.C. for y 8 mile run. I got to run by all the monuments and the cherry blossoms before the craziness of the tourists began. It was a beautiful morning for a run. It was fun to do a run in a different city. Not the same old run. That afternoon, I got to spend some time with a very close friend who took me around the cherry blossoms, Georgetown, Union Station, and many stops in between. We walked everywhere. Loved being able to walk everywhere. We had to do some dodging of the weather. One minute it would be sunny and beautiful, then the next wind, rain, hail. It was crazy. A little cool but not too bad. Sunday was my rest day. I spent the morning in D.C. and then headed home.
My first day of work was good. Just learning the ropes. I was able to run yesterday evening in the new Wellness Center. The weather here has been crazy too. Yesterday was warm and then had some storms. Today is cold with a lot of winda nd snow. You never know with this weather.
The semester at UPJ is winding down. Not too much to plan for right now but I will soon be getting ready for the summer and then the fall rush. Just getting my feet wet before really getting into the work thing.