Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Feel Good Post and New P.T.'s Nickname

Welcome new Followers misszippy and SeeGirlRun.

As usual, I'm behind posting and reading your posts. However, since tax season is officially over, and my wonderful wife Mrs. Marathonman (Kathy) isn't working seven days a week and about 85 hours a week, I should be caught up in no time fellow bloggers.
First, my running. My last three runs have been pain free. No groin issues, no knee issues, no nothing. I'm giving all the credit to my current Physical Therapist, Melissa. Melissa is about 4 feet, 10 inches tall, standing on her tippy-toes. Like always, I'm going to be a typical male and say that I appreciate her nice personality as well as her exterior features. I will go as far as saying she's got better exterior features than my last P.T. interest "Hot Chick" (aka Lindsay). I've come up with not one, but two nicknames for her. First, I'm showing my age here, but in 1972 The Allman Brothers Band released a song called "Sweet Melissa." So, Sweet Melissa is nickname number 1. A less flattering nickname I've come up with is "Negative 15." Negative 15 refers to the fact that I'm 15 inches taller than her. Of the two, I of course like Sweet Melissa. You're welcome to express your opinion when you comment. Anyhow, Sweet Melissa today did her knee kneading (I'll never wash that knee again), followed by having me go into the gym, and doing five exercises, two of which involved strengthening my weaker left leg. Finally, a P.T. who I believe understands my leg and knee issues. Unfortunately I will be on my own after two more visits thanks to my sucky new insurance, which only approved five P.T. sessions. OK, I confess, two more sessions will be enough if (knock on wood) my knee continues to behave.
I've actually been running without listening to music, and for now enjoying it that way. Listening to myself panting and puffing while I'm appreciating the sights, sounds, and smells (good and bad) of spring here in Connecticut has been my "music." It's a beautiful time of the year here. The trees are getting leaves, the leaves and tree buds are a rainbow of colors, and the warmer temperatures means shorts and a short sleeved tech. shirt when I run. It's definitely perfect running weather. It's especially nice running on the Farmington Canal Linear Trail in Cheshire and Hamden. The birds and swans are back, the squirrels are once again scaring the shit out of me by darting in front of me, and occasionally I'll even see some deer. Most importantly, warmer weather means more female ponytail runners. Sorry, I couldn't resist. However, I have yet to see roller blading, disco dancing, karaoke singing, linear trail lady. (See my May 20, 2009 post about her).
In other news, remember the 6K race in NY City that I was going to run this past Sunday? Well, I didn't. Instead, my wife and I drove to Boston for the quick meet-up with Meg and Jill that I talked about in my last post. Three days later, I'm still so happy that it happened. Unfortunately we couldn't stay over and watch the Boston Marathon as I had originally planned. But, I already have a game-plan for next year's Boston Marathon. Today at work I received our school calendar for next year. Guess what? I'm off the entire week of April 18-22. My point is, next year's Boston Marathon is on April 18th. So next week I'm reserving a room at the Boston Marriott Copley Place for the marathon. Yup, THE hotel where I met Meg and Jill, and that has the awesome sports bar, and is close to all the marathon pre-race, raceday, and post-race action. I'm also going to register to run the 5K race there too. (Got that, Jill)?!

16 comments:

misszippy said...

Very cool that you are feeling better. Just as cool that you are making Boston plans! Haven't decided if I will go next year or not, but of course, getting caught up in the fever this year makes me want to right now.

teacherwoman said...

Glad to hear you've been running pain free. I am still pretty new to your blog, but I have been enjoying some painfree runs myself. :)

ajh said...

I seem to live and die by the school calendar too. I have been waiting for next year's to come out and missed some race opportunities because it took so long.

Silvergirl said...

Glad you found yourself a good PT and you are back to running pain-free!! The Boston plan sounds like a great idea!! If i don't run it next year, I might have to at least follow through with your plans-they sound perfect!

Lisa said...

Glad you are running pain free again. Boston sounds fun next year.

Meg said...

Ok, I love Kathy as much as I love you! Thanks for coming all the way in to the city because it was one of the highlights of my trip when I met you and Kathy! Thanks for the fuzzy kiss and I can't wait for Boston next year...I'll be back for some more fun and torture! I like Sweet Melissa already and can't wait to hear more! Hugs!

Julie said...

Hi Rick,
Good news about running without any big time injury or pain:) I can't even tell you how jealous I am that you were in Boston for a day!! Also, I would of loved to meet Meg and Jill...they are the best:) Very cute picture of the three of you!! Take care!

onelittletrigirl said...

10-4 :) I am so in. I am staying with a friend who lives super close. I'll be there from Friday night until Monday night. Almost a year away and I am already excited!!

lindsay said...

glad your runs have been going well! those stupid squirrels - i flinch every time! i'm afraid one day they will mistake me for a tree... gross.

so hotel party at your place next year!

SeeGirlRun said...

Injuries are the pits. I'm glad you're getting over yours. You're fortunate to have the beautiful trail nearby to run on - it look so peaceful!!! I'm going to have to get our of our rut and visit the little trail by me.

Laura

Tara said...

I'm so happy to see a "feel good" post from you!

That's so cool that you got to meet all of those cool runner/blogger friends. I wish I could have been there!

Staci Dombroski said...

That is great that you did not have the pain!!!

Sherri said...

Awesome news on the injuries! Pain free is a gift...ENJOY! I have to admit, PT is the way to go! I tried a Chiro...worked for 1 day! Oh well, I will figure out this stuff someday!
How fun to meet up with fellow bloggers! I would love to do that!

Bootchez said...

It's a good thing Sweet Melissa isn't working on the ol' groin injury . . . seeing as how you might "not wash it" again. (sorry, couldn't resist!)

Cynthia O'H said...

It's important to bound with your therapist. I have some similar affinity to my ironman chiro:)
Boston bound!! so, so lucky.

Jill said...

Okay, got it - you're running the 5K and I'll be standing alone the sidelines screaming my lungs out for you!! Glad you're not having any aches and pains and I like you're new PT's name :). Have a great week, Rick!!