Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Thought: I Graduated!

I finished physical therapy yesterday! It lasted exactly three months (my first appointment was June 29). As befitting a graduation ceremony (perhaps of the kindergarten ilk), I received a cupcake at the end of my session.

I need to stop thinking of myself as being injured. I am no longer injured. I have recovered from my injury. I'm healed! This week I have run three times for a total of 9.5 miles, which is the most I have done since the Calf-Shredding Debacle of 2011, aka the Cleveland Half Marathon. My calf muscles did not bother me at all.

Thus begins the long, slow road back to true distance running. My endurance is shot, my speed is nonexistent, and I have gained a depressing amount of weight. I can run about four miles max before my ass starts dragging. Nevertheless, my sights are set on yet another Cleveland half in May of 2012. I want to administer a smackdown to the course which treated me so cruelly four months ago. REVENGE!

Luckily it is now fall, the finest season for running in Michigan. The weather is cool and dry, and the scenery is colorful. Of's now pouring rain again, and I run in the early mornings when it's dark, so...maybe not so awesome after all. But hey, it's not 95 degrees with 90% humidity!

In other news, at the beginning of this month the Engineer and I went on vacation together. We spent nine days in his home state of Washington (and a little bit in Oregon). We put 1,000 miles on our rental car and had many fun adventures.

Wherein I:

Admired scenic mountain vistas (Mt. Rainier)

Loved on some basalt (also Mt. Rainier)

Had a total geonerdgasm (Mt. St. Helens)
Relaxed by the ocean (Cannon Beach, Oregon)

And last but not least, enjoyed many fine beers (Elliott Bay Brewing Co., Burien, Washington)


Holly said...

I like the revenge idea! Good chance I'll be signing up for that one too :)

Hey at least you had a vacation during your time off. Maybe you can pick out a fall 5K to work toward to help with your new goals.

Morgan said...

Congratulations on your graduation!!! So glad you're back at it girl, enjoy those fall miles!!!

BrianFlash said...

Mt. Ranier is totally cool!

Good luck getting back at it. Don't do too much too soon!

Kristin said...

Glad you enjoyed my state! Congratulations on your completion of PT!

Nitmos said...

Isn't graduating from PT kinda like graduating from remedial math? It's great and all but, on the whole, would rather never been there.

Anyway, enjoy the running. Ahoy! Nice weather dead ahead.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I think I was depressed when I finished my last PT. I really liked my therapists but I think they forgot to resolve the transference issues I was having. I take comfort in the thought that they are suffering from issues of counter-transference. I'd hate to think the whole relationship was one-sided ...

Hey, FUCK running! YOUR team is still in the hunt for the World Series Title. I'm hoping the Tigers get in- Beat Dubya's Rangers! (I only liked them when they had Criff Ree!) And even though I'm an NLer, I'm rooting for the Tigers to beat the Brewers. (I wouldn't care if the Cards made it; I'm rooting for the Brewers only because the Cards beat us. Yes. I'm petty.)

Go (Cy Young Shoo-in) Verlander! Go Papa Grande! Woo-Hoo!

Full disclosure: My rooting for your team is a guaranteed kiss of death to them. Just ask the Phillies.