A Long, Short, Weird, Week

Short weeks after long weekends always feel weird and out of step. This week had a short week, plus the remainder of a moon cycle, and topped by Friday the thirteenth. At the college, it's the last week before midterms, with the first significant assignments handed in. The students feel stressed and go a little … Continue reading A Long, Short, Weird, Week

Bits of Wisdom During a Crazy Week

I got my MRI results  about my back.  In the grand scheme of things it's not tragic I have to give up running.  I said 'not tragic' I didn't mean 'it was really easy.' I have disk narrowing between the L4 and L5, causing some disk bulging and accompanying annular tears.  Think of the disc … Continue reading Bits of Wisdom During a Crazy Week

Forgo the Minutae, Keep an Eye on the Details

It came down as a choice.  Bore people with the minutiae of my recovery, or stay off the blog until I feel a little stronger sitting down. I still can't get back into running yet.  I have some sciatica confining itself to the back of my thigh, plus a few minor spasms.  I can downplay … Continue reading Forgo the Minutae, Keep an Eye on the Details

The DNS Weekend

A few months ago I signed up for two running events.  At the time training had gone well until the events of May 9th.  I had to miss both events due to my back.  In running 'DNS' means 'Did Not Start'.  While I feel better enough to begin simple housework, I don't feel better enough … Continue reading The DNS Weekend

Slowly, But Surely, I Can Sit a Little Longer

How am I doing? You would think having a medically mandated week off would be a good thing.  Nope, I felt really bored.  At first I thought Dr. L at Pan Am had a screw loose. The pain didn't go away.  It actually got worse before it died down. Turns out the good doctor knew … Continue reading Slowly, But Surely, I Can Sit a Little Longer

Slowly, But Surely

A further sign of health is that we don't become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it's time to stop struggling and look directly at what's threatening us --Pema Chodron, The Places that Scare You. Monday, day 5 of this back injury, I decided to go for an … Continue reading Slowly, But Surely

A Week Off I Didn’t Want

I ignored the sign three weeks ago. After a chiropractic adjustment, despite feeling better from a back spasm in January, I noticed a twinge in my lower back.  I likened it to post work out muscle soreness. On Thursday the gradual pain turned into immobility. After calling work,  I grabbed some sweat pants and a … Continue reading A Week Off I Didn’t Want

The Knock-Me-Sideways Run

Egads. I have run 5 K before and ran it many times.  Today marked the first time one run knocked me side ways.  I peeled off my running clothes, still sweated despite the cold, and noticed my pink legs.  Winnipeg returned to -29 weather, with the possibility of a blizzard approaching to blind the city … Continue reading The Knock-Me-Sideways Run

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Legs

On Sunday my group and I had beautiful weather, the sidewalks largely alright despite some icy patches. Monday brought snow courtesy of a front closing parts of Manitoba,Saskatchewan, and Alberta.  Environment Canada called it a 'heavy snow fall warning.' While the wind largely died down in the evening, the ice found itself covered in loosely … Continue reading Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Legs

Putting Goals into Play

I set up my 'Goals for 2013' page as a way to set some ideas down.  The next step is make them happen.  Over monthly brunch on Sunday, E remarked how she's tired of scarves, boots, and jackets.  She articulated what I felt lately.  My friend R smartly replied we just have to hang on … Continue reading Putting Goals into Play