“Where have you been?” Came the message from a Twitter follower, with a little sad face after it. This, after I actually posted something from Instagram this week. The answer is longer than 140 characters, so here’s a bit about where I’ve been:
- In grief. I had a dear friend die in September and between the news that she was ill, her death, and the sadness following, I just haven’t felt compelled to write about running.
- Not running (as much). Another reason I didn’t write much is because I just wasn’t running as much. I took another big chunk of time off after Hood to Coast because everything—EVERYTHING—that had hurt before, hurt again. I’m just not going to bore everyone with that. You’re welcome. 😉
- Tending to family and friend needs. There have been a lot, not the least of which was starting our homeschool year, celebrating the birthdays of the kids and myself (ours all fall within 13 days of each other) and an unplanned trip to Chicago after my father had emergency surgery.
- Starting another blog. I have always found running to be deeply spiritual, and have learned so much about the Biblical analogies to running in my own time on the roads. But I had not yet been moved to write online about spiritual matters (I have been working on a book based on such for quite some time, privately). Well, I finally bit the bullet and started a site that I feel more adequately fills in the picture or the entirety of my thoughts. It’s called Lindsay’s Lens, and you can find it here.
I am thankful to report that today I will go running for the 5th time in 6 days. I have lost a lot of speed and fitness since June 7, but I’m no longer in pain. I am trying to responsibly build back up to some semblance of the runner I was pre-injury, but the reality is that it will take a while. I have no plans to do any races (other than Ragnar Tennessee next week, in which I running what my teammates call ‘the pansy leg’ that completes just 10 miles total) until I feel confident I can train without reinjuring my IT Band, Piriformis, hamstring, or hip. Whew! That’s a lot of places to take care of. I have my eye on the Berry Half Marathon in the spring, but we will see. Right now, I’m just running to enjoy the run.