I'm glad to have made it through my Montana backcountry adventures unscathed, because as you may know if you follow me on Twitter, I do indeed have a stress fracture caused by running. It's in my right tibia, and I was a bit worried that it would really hinder me on the trip, especially on the days we were hiking 8-10 miles.
However, nature is magical and my leg didn't hurt one bit! It probably helped that one of the women in my group worked at a spine surgeon's office and was handing Celebrex out like candy. Maybe constantly swimming in the icy cold water of mountain lakes helped, too. Whatever it was, my leg is feeling a lot better, though I'm still taking it a bit easy, and I'm not going to run for a few more weeks at least. And I have dropped out of my planned October marathon. Le sigh.
It might all be for the best. I'm a bit burned out on running, anyways, and I'm interested in trying out something new. Which is why I finally, after much hemming and hawing, signed up for CrossFit at my gym. I promise that, no matter what I end up feeling about it, I'm going to try my best not to be an obnoxious person about it. Well, I hope, anyways. My best, admittedly, might not be very good. I'm never going to call a gym a "box," though. HOLD ME TO THAT!
I currently feel relatively well cardiovascularly conditioned - the Glacier hikes were pretty easy for me, even the steep uphills. And I credit that to all my running, and also tons of Balance Gym spinning classes (take them with Stacy - she'll make you cry/vomit). But I don't feel particularly strong, and I never have. Not once in my life have I been able to do a pull-up, for example. I'd like to remedy that.
I've also just come to accept that though I will always love and return to running, I'm somebody who sort of likes to flit from fad to fad, different routine to different routine, in order to stay interested in exercising. I enjoy trying out different exercise and fitness things. I even considered buying the Insanity videos a few weeks ago, as I sat in front of my TV a few weekends ago for a full 30 minutes, transfixed by their infomercial.
So we'll see how the CrossFit adventures go. I start my Foundations class in mid-September, so I'll keep you posted, and as soon as I get as strong as the Incredible Hulk (surely within a few sessions, right?) you'll all be the first to know.