Thursday, March 10, 2011

Breathe


Test. Test. Is this thing on?

Well hello, yes I realize that I haven't blogged in two months. Mainly because I've spent the last two months running around from one thing to the next and it seems like it never stops.

Honestly, there are times when I feel like I am in perpetual motion and everyone else is just standing still. I know this is not the case, everyone is busy, but at some point, life/work has to slow down or I'm going to go nutso. My normally happy-go-lucky disposition seems to have been replaced by a raving lunitic who has to keep reminding herself to "stay calm...stay calm...stay calm...please do not yell at that innocent person".

Ok, I realize that you didn't come here to hear me ramble like a crazy person.

Breathe

Running. Because that's what we all like to talk about.

I'm still injured, but it is getting better and better every week. I think for the most part, my ITB issues are a thing of the past, yet I still have just a little bit of odd knee pain that my PT keeps telling me to run through. Umm...right.

Enter Acupuncture.

Above anything else, I think this has been doing the trick for me lately. I was skeptical at first, but after the first session, I noticed a marked improvement in my running. My first run after acupuncture, I still felt the pain, but I didn't start to feel it until about 40 minutes into the run. Normally, my knee would start to ache after about 25 minutes in. I've had a few sessions and now I am able to run hills and I couldn't before and I am slowly increasing the pace ever so slightly.

Is Acupuncture just a placebo? Does it really work? My answer is WHO THE HELL CARES. I am getting better and I am hopeful, so why should I care if I'm just tricking my mind.

It is also helping me to relax. Every session I go in with my pulse racing, stressed, and ready to scream. My acupuncturist takes my pulse, tells me to relax, deep breathe, listen to my body, and let it go. I don't know when my life will get less hectic, I am crossing my fingers that it will be soon, but I do know that I have never felt more relaxed then when I am laying there on that table with needles sticking out of my body.

Or maybe it's the wine that helps me to relax. I forget.