It's raining, it's pouring, the weather I'm ignoring...
When it's cold and damp like this, it's a good excuse to hunker down under a blanket with a warm cup of coffee. That's exactly what I'm doing as I prepare this month's Coffee Talk post. I found my favorite rainy day mug, poured a cup of joe, and added some chocolate soy milk. Yum. What will you have?
Sit back and let's talk. Today's going to be a little bit of runner's sole searching, so maybe you want to put a little Bailey's in that mug?
If we were having coffee... I'd tell you that I am still basking in the glow of my week in Florida. That's a good thing because since I came back to Chicago, the weather has been awful. Cold, windy, and rainy. The sun was out for about 10 minutes on Tuesday. Seriously. When I went back to work on Monday, I told my office manager that I was going to move to Florida to become a SUP yoga instructor. It's a goal.
If we were having coffee... I'd tell you how much I missed my family and my pup while I was away. We've been going to Anna Maria Island since the boys were little and there are so many memories there. It's was a little bittersweet being there without them. Yes, I got to do things on my time and I was able to rest a lot. But my best seashell seeker, Tom, wasn't by my side as I combed the shore. There was no beach football with Matthew after dinner. No walks to see the sunset with a stop for ice cream on the way back. I couldn't help but think, where did the time go?
|5 years ago!|
If we were having coffee.... I'd tell you that I've been feeling pretty good lately. Most of my aches and pains have subsided. My hands are no longer burning and achy, and I'm sleeping better. I still have pain in my big toes and my weekly dose of methotrexate makes me feel like I have a hangover the following day. But--and this is a big but--I have new concerns. My sacroiliac joint (SI) on the right side is really bothering me when I run. I also have a lot of R hip pain. I'm pretty sure this is RA, but I may go back to the sports medicine doctor to make sure. Maybe I'm doing something weird in my stride. Maybe it's an injury. Now that I have RA, it's hard to differentiate what's "normal" and what's due to RA.
If we were having coffee... I'd tell you that I'm still having one other bothersome symptom that is related to RA, and that's fatigue. I'm so used to being the Energizer Bunny and never slowing down, no matter what I'm doing. My mile splits are dramatically slower. Even yoga class feels much more strenuous than it used to. This is a very distressing symptom for me. As a runner, I can deal with pain. But fatigue is something that I've never experienced for any length of time in my life.
If we were having coffee... I'd tell you that I talked with Becky at length about training for Grandma's Marathon. She agrees that the only goal I should have right now is to finish the marathon. As training progresses, we will have a better idea of how I'll do and we can set time goals. Becky commented that training someone with RA for an endurance event is uncharted waters for her. We also talked about letting go of comparing my pre-RA running self to my RA running self. Becky says that everything I do from here on out is a new PR. I like that approach. Of course, changing my view of myself is a work in progress. Like Becky said, I'm still adjusting to this new image of myself as a person with RA. I am always amazed at her wisdom and how she seems to hit the nail on the head every time I'm struggling.
What would you tell me if we were having coffee? Any advice on the back pain? Ever deal with fatigue? Have you ever started setting "new PRs" based on a change in your health?
I'm linking up with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for the Friday Five. It's free Friday! On Saturday, I'm linking up with Coco and Deborah for The Ultimate Coffee Date!