- Did I get kidnapped by space aliens? No... at least, not that I remember.
- Did I win a billion dollars and decided to travel the world? I wish.
- Did I break all my fingers in a freak accident involving an ice cream-maker? Hopefully never.
- Did I become addicted to a silly game on FaceBook? Um... no comment.
- Have I been in a funk for a few weeks? YES!
I know why I've been in a funk. In general, it has been a tough few weeks. In addition to not being able to run as often or as far as I like, my dad has suffered another stroke (?). The question mark is there because many of his symptoms are stroke-like... although all the tests come back as negative. He is back in a nursing home, receiving care and physical therapy. He has been depressed and I've been very worried about his health and his frame of mind.
Meanwhile, my return to running since the marathon has been slow and inconsistent due to my heel. I'm slowly getting myself back out there. My foot is still hurting me but I think it is gradually getting better.
I have found that running helps to keep me sane. That is one reason why running is so important to me. Take the ability to run away, throw in some very stressful circumstances and you end up with a slightly funky me.
Expanding My Horizons
One thing I like about me is that I can only allow myself to wallow in my self-induced pits for so long. I've been making myself get out there and get exercise and do the stuff I have always loved to do. I have started bike riding on those days that I would normally run. I don't like it as much as running, but biking has its good side. I have also been working on strengthening those areas that have caused running injuries in the past.
I'm Still Wacky
OK... maybe that is stating the obvious... but here's more proof: Today, as I was perusing through my Runner's World magazine, I found myself wanting to do another marathon! What?! I vowed to never do another one of those. Here I am, though, thinking I could do it again. I want to. And I want to do it better, faster, and without injuries! See? Nuts!
I have SO much catching up to do! I apologize for not keeping up with you, my Running Blogger Friends, as much as I have wanted to. I've missed the running blogger community! I'll be spending time catching up with what has been going on with all of you!
And now, I'm off to bed. I've got to get up early tomorrow to hit the gym. Good-night, you all!