Running never felt so good as it did yesterday afternoon. Funny how a few days off from something can keep it fresh and desirable. I was running solo so I took to the trails near my house and discovered a new three-miler that felt good on my knees, took me through small groves of Redwoods and over the top of a waterfall. Feeling nostalgic and missing my sisters, I ran by the white pillars that were part of a disastrous Albers Trio photo shoot. There was a blue heron perched atop, soaking up the sunshine. I could have kept running but knew better than to push myself too hard after a week off.
My week away from running wasn’t exactly because I didn’t want to run but because my foot was hurting again and I didn’t have much free time. I could have run on a couple of lunch breaks but I chose to spend them wandering lazily around Hayes Valley, enjoying the sunshine. My left foot is now hurting in a new place and my physical therapist said she hopes it’s not a stress fracture. Doesn’t sound like it from what she described but I’m paying close attention to what causes pain. Ironically, it doesn’t seem to be running, but unclipping the foot from my bike pedal is questionable. For a couple of days my foot was totally stuck to the pedal each time I tried to unclip for a red light so I had to get used to unclipping my right foot instead. This is no easy task- after doing left foot first for the past 13 years, getting used to the opposite side feels as awkward as when I attempt to play my violin right-handed. I did finally fix the problem but my foot still hurts and I’m still totally clumsy with the right foot.
On the bright side, now that I’m fully commuting by bike, I’m getting plenty of right foot unclipping practice and the miles are adding up. In the first two weeks of work I biked 67 miles, which means during opera season I’ll bike around 120 miles every month. Which is approximately 120 more miles per month than I was biking before opera season began. I remembered to turn on my Charity Miles app each day and rode for GirlUp, an organization striving toward a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.
Now I’m taking a rest day and while Baby A naps, I’m heading to Kabuki bath house for a soak with a friend!