Time for me to ‘fess up: I missed a workout. I didn’t run yesterday.
I got home last night from work just after 9:00, with the intention of running, and then cleaning the birds’ cage (we have 5 adorable tiny zebra finches) but by the time I got in the door I barely had the energy to microwave the plate my partner had put in the fridge for me. I ate, crawled into bed, and passed out cold.
I got up at 5 this morning, cleaned the bird cage, and went back to lay on the bed for a second before getting ready to go and make up yesterday’s run – and my back went into spasm. Wonderful. I couldn’t move, and actually had to call my doctor’s office and cancel my appointment for today because I knew I wouldn’t be able to drive the 3-hour round trip to her office with my back the way it was.
Now I had a problem. By not running yesterday or making up the run today, I would have officially missed a workout. According to my goal rewards, I can’t miss 2 in a row between now and the end of September – and if I didn’t do today’s scheduled workout or my run I would be two behind. But what to do when you have a legitimate reason not to work out? By later this morning I was doing better, but still not in running shape, so I decided to ride my bike to work. It was perfect! Great weather, and my back held up okay.
For a little bit of back story (see what I did there?) – my back has always been sensitive. The extra weight I carry – and the fact that it’s largely in my – uh – upper body – puts a strain on it. Then, in 2007, the car I was driving was rear-ended by a drunk driver while I was stopped at an intersection. I was the first car at the intersection, and I was so terrified of being pushed into oncoming traffic that I had my feet pushed on the brakes hard as I possibly could (yes, logically I know that wouldn’t really help, but I didn’t have much time to consider my options at the time). I was braced so hard that with my back, I managed to twist the driver’s seat out of shape. The glasses I was wearing were thrown from my face and found by the body shop under the back windshield, beside the brake light. I went home that night after the accident, but went to the hospital the next day (and stayed for two days) with abdominal pain that we later discovered was due to bruised internal organs. My back has given me a lot more trouble since then.
I’m going to cut my losses on yesterday’s run, and move on. One workout missed, back on track, and all is right with the world. I usually get hung up on trying to make up missed workouts, but I am really trying to get past it.
Bonus! I discovered that where I work actually has bike racks!