Last week was a bit of fluke in the pain department. I thought things were getting better but they actually seemed to have taken a few steps back. So, no running this past week. And now, I’ve come to accept it is likely going to be a couple more weeks before I start back up again. In a way, I am happy this happened because I do think that had it not, I still would be feeling slightly sluggy and unmotivated due to the medication change. So without an injury AND feeling that way, my mood may have been even worse and I might have been swearing off running for good!
It’s been a month since I stopped the antidepressant. For the most part, things are ok. But because I’ve run into some challenges, I am taking some steps to address the adjustment. I signed up for online messaging therapy, Talkspace. It’s a new way of approaching therapy and very convenient if your schedule or budget are tight. I also started using an app called Headspace which is geared toward meditation. It starts with a free 10 day trail of 10 minute guided meditations. The voice on the other end is so calming and I have actually FINALLY started to see how this practice could help. In the past, I would assume that I didn’t have time to sit still. And that’s the exact reason to get started. I was really just afraid of sitting still! So that’s where I am at right now. One day at a time.
Monday: Off/rest- felt slightly stuffy and headachy after work.
Tuesday: Early morning bike ride (13 miles) before work. It was nice to get up early and enjoy the morning dew.
Wednesday: Bought a one month pool pass at the local pool. I could only do so much cycling. I got in a 20 minute swim outdoors which was a nice introduction back. I then hopped back on the bike for a 12 mile ride.
Thursday: 16 mile bike ride on both roads and bike path.
Friday: Casual bike ride with James on his run.
Saturday: 30 minute swim with one 10 minute segment of sprints. I enjoyed getting some free sun during the workout.
Sunday: 20 mile bike ride in the early evening. I stopped by to visit my grandpa at the cemetery because part of this current situation is about grieving again. I have to face it.
Total: 61 miles cycling, a little over 1 mile swimming