Thursday, March 26, 2015

Well Spring

noun well·spring \-ˌspriŋ\
: something or someone that provides a large amount of something : a good source of something

or more like....   well, spring.

I went for a run on Monday, March 23.  I logged into the MapMyRun app on my phone and it says my last run was in August 2014.  I haven't run since last summer.  The weather is still nice in Orlando.  It has been cool at night (60's F) and warm bordering on hot during the days (low 80's F).  I usually go running at the onset of spring which really occurs in February.  I didn't run all fall and winter, which is bad enough.  Subsequently, I've put on a few pounds.  I also added to my running sabbatical and bypassed our pollen season, which is so strong that it actually affects people without allergy problems in Central Florida.  The oak pollen is so heavy that you can see it in the air.  It coats your eyes, nose, and throat with powder.  Normally, I run through it and suffer from non-stop sneezing attacks all night.  This year, I skipped my running in favor of my sanity.

Another thing that has been bothering me... I am pretty sure I have sciatica.  Pain in my hip, calf, ankle, ball of my foot and all on my left side.  I also get cramps on the side of my lower leg and also in my foot... only on my left side.  It's getting worse and one of the best things I can do is lose weight and strengthen my core.

The pollen has died down (hopefully for the year).  Hence my return to running.  It is now Thursday and my legs and thoracic area are still sore from the run.  I'm going on 43 and it's sad that I am this sore 3 days later... after running just under a mile and a half.  Just sad.

We'll see how things go and if I can stack up workouts into an actual routine.

On a positive note, I have made some updates to one of my other websites.  I have started adding local Central Florida races and put it on the front page.  The races used to be on a different page and this should make it easier to find.  I also bought the domain name and will eventually transition the website over to that name.  Not everyone knows that Lake Eola is the center of downtown Orlando, but most people recognize the name Orlando.  It fits.  Updates to come.  For now, check out the race list and thanks.