Janathon–Day 9–Comfort Zone

No clever title today.  3 meh miles run at 6:30am at my typical comfort zone pace: 10:07 m/m.  Meh because of  the pace. Meh because of my damn hip (although the hammy felt better).  I’m not digging this ‘two steps forward and one step back’ bit.

Running has done a lot to move me out of my comfort zone. First there were the tiny shorts and the tight tights–never been a fan of either, but they are more comfy to run in than long shorts or baggy sweatpants.  Then there’s the ‘touching’ thing.  I don’t like to be touched by strangers.  Massage always seemed absolutely horrific to me.  Until after my first half marathon.  It was kinda nice.  I’m still not a fan of hello and goodbye hugs from strangers or people I barely know, or even co-workers, but I actually look forward to my PT/ART/Graston sessions now.

Which leads me to the next frontier: acupuncture.  I’m actually considering it for my hip/hammy issues. And I’m not a fan of needles. So much so that I had three children without meds.  (it wasn’t so bad–the thought of the epidural needle in my back made me shudder) Anyways, some runners swear by it, and so now I’m thinking “why not?”

I like it that the confidence I’ve gained from running is spilling over into other aspects of my life.  I like that I’m taking steps beyond my comfort zone, meeting new people, trying new things.  I’ve recently accepted a new challenge at work–this will make me really, really busy, and there will be a learning curve, and I’m nervous, but in that good way, like right before a race, when your legs are just eager to take off once the sound of the gun goes off!

2 comments

  1. OMG! I’m so sorry I hugged you! 😉 You should have just been like Sven, who is all, “no touching!” LOL.

    Seriously, acupuncture is awesome. The needle thing made me a little nervous at first, but it is really not that “needle-ly” and you get over it. I shared your opinion on epidurals and went drug free too, because a needle in your spine is just WRONG!

    There is a great place for acupuncture, right near you, too. Or, if you want less “needle-ly,” try shiatsu, you even keep you clothes on. I also know an EXCELLENT practitioner very near you.

    • i’m working my way through the hugging! just not with sven. 🙂

      and here’s something funny: i’ve got fewer issues with the lack of clothing than i do with either the touching or needles!

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