Things that hurt when I run:
- My knees. When I bought my new running shoes at Ready To Run, they asked me to walk down a padded strip of flooring and back up. This was followed by a slow jog down the strip and back again. The pad is about the length of my hallway. I felt like my knees were trying to embarrass me if front of the nice salesman. They were threatening to buckle, demonstrating to anyone who would care to watch that I am an uncoordinated lug forcing them into an unnatural gait. I have news for you knees. Saddle horses have an artificial gait, it's called a rack. They win ribbons for it.
- My feet. There are 26 bones and 33 joints in the human foot. Every bone and joint in my right foot screams for mercy the day after I run. I soak it in epsom salt, speak tenderly to it and make promises. The following day I start over again and tell it that in due time things will get better. I really believe things will get better. I've been told that things will get better. The walking, the running - it will get better soon, right?
- My chest. Once in awhile my chest hurts but I slow down and hear my mother's voice in my head telling me how she knew that she was having a heart attack. It's nothing like she described so I'm not too worried but I do slow down.
- My ear. It hurt the day I made it 2 miles and headed straight to the fridge for water when I got home. I let the door swing shut before I realized that the earphone cord was caught in it. The cord snapped but the bud stayed in my ear. I was nearly Van Gogh'd by the tethered ear piece. Goodbye, $14.99 that I paid for a brand new pair of ear buds.
- My lower back. It doesn't so much hurt when I'm out but it does hurt first thing in the morning. I don't know why it hurts.Tight hip flexors? Gluten? The mattress?
- My ego. It hurts when I have to admit that I let myself turn to mush and now I have to work my butt off to get back to what is probably just normal for everyone else. My ego probably hurts more than everything else put together so I'm surprised that I am sharing any of this with you.
If I can think of anything that feels good when I run I'll let you know about it in another post. I'm going to think long and hard about it. Wink, wink. A few things come to mind already. But if I share the good things with you, I don't want you to think that I suddenly like forcing myself out of the house and down the street, making my body do strange things. I don't want to give anyone the wrong impression here. I don't want my fellow sedentaries to think that I think I'm better than them or anything. Cuz I'm not. To each her own. I'm just trying this thing out for awhile.