Ginger’s Training Log – 8-16-15

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!

This week's quote in the Believe journal fits quite well.
This week’s quote in the Believe journal fits quite well.

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

I write about mindfulness, mental health, and the professional sport of running with the occasional poking fun at the sport. When I am not running, I'm either helping people as a counselor or trying to make them laugh as an amateur open mic comedian.

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  1. Very good and grownup attitude about waiting it out til you are ready to run again. Swimming sounds incredibly pleasant in this awful weather!

  2. It’s enough that you’re doing what you can. Cycling is good exercise too. Hugs for your grief. Give yourself all the time that you need for both running and for grieving. All the best to you.