Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I hold stress in my neck and shoulders. When I worked at Quality Stores more than a decade ago, the corporate office had an on-site trainer/massage therapist. She was a neck saver. Feeling stressed? Head down to the gym for a little neck work. Unfortunately, Fresh Graphic Design does not have an on-site massage therapist. Fresh Graphic Design doesn't even have an office…I work in the laundry room.
I could feel the stress building up the past two weeks – tight neck, tight shoulders etc. Sunday and Monday I fought off a headache. Monday night, while picking up the girls' craft supplies in the basement, my right shoulder was tight. I should have known what was coming.
I awoke at 4:11am Tuesday morning to the most intense neck spasm. I had to roll over and "crawl" my way out of bed to get some ibuprofen. When I started day at 6:30am, things weren't any better. Long story short, my neck was totally jacked out of shape all week. The ironic part of all of this? The things I usually do to alleviate stress in my life – yoga and running – were completely out of the question. (FYI: When you Google "Running with neck strain", you get a lot of answers along the lines of "Are you kidding?")
Running last week? I was on an involuntary hiatus. I think my body was telling me something. Trust me…I listened!
(Oh…kind of ironic that during the one week that I couldn't run I was interviewed for this week's AMR Podcast call-in show. You can download and/or listen to the podcast here.)
Last week's plan:
MONDAY: strength done
TUESDAY: 4.5 miles tempo couldn't if I tried
WEDNESDAY: 3 miles speedwork + strength laughable to even think about
THURSDAY: 3 miles easy + 1 mile with Josie big fat goose egg
FRIDAY: 7 mile long run whatever…
SATURDAY: rest nope
SUNDAY: 3 easy miles feeling almost normal
Goal: 21.5 miles | Actual: 0 miles
This week's plan:
TUESDAY: 3 miles easy + yoga
WEDNESDAY: 4 miles tempo
THURSDAY: 3 miles easy + 1 mile with Josie
FRIDAY: 7 mile long run
SATURDAY: strength work
SUNDAY: 3 easy miles
Goal: 21 miles
Labels: Happy Running