I can't believe the year is almost over, and it'll be 2016. Wait what? 2015 was certainly interesting, and lots of stuff happened, both running and non-running. Due to my injury, I didn't have any goals this year except to make progress. It's hard to set goals when I have no idea what I can do. I'm happy that I did make progress and knocked off 2 5k's in the fall.
Progress was slow at the beginning of the year, in part I was still focusing on keeping my ITB loose by using the lacrosse ball, but I also didn't want to dive head first into a running program and hurt myself again. If I had to sum up 2015 running with one word, it'd be patience. That's not a virtue I possess, but I needed to be patient this year. I was running between 1-2 miles in the spring, then was able to start building towards 3 when I switched back to Asics. I didn't have anything against my Brooks, but it didn't feel like that perfect fit I was looking for.
At the same time, I started going to Pure Barre after reading about the classes on Courtney's blog. I was constantly looking out for new strength training, and in the spring I started thinking about leaving PT. But before I did that, I needed to find programs I could turn to to fill the void. I loved Pure Barre at my very first class. It targets all my weaknesses and I love challenge. I've done so many different exercises between all the classes, and I can feel myself getting stronger. Between that and keeping my ITB loose, I hope to continue making progress.
The 5k's brought to light the potential scar tissue I have on a nerve at the base of my ITB, so that's my first goal for 2016. I'm waiting to start acoustic wave therapy, and I'm working the tender spot with my trusty lacrosse ball. I'm probably taking a break from running while I'm in Colorado, so January will have some good stuff coming.
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.