After 11 weeks on the sidelines post-injury, I ran 2 miles. It wasn't fast and it wasn't easy but I did it. Afterward I started to feel the sciatic pain right away. It's not that bad and I stretched afterwards (new concept for me). I also spent some quality time last night with electrodes and heat. Still sore today but I think that is partly because I haven't run in so long.
I am not going to get frustrated about it. I am just going to use it as a checkpoint of where I am at in recovery. And that would be somewhere between injured and recovered but not at the end of either spectrum. I am going to take it slow. I think yoga might be the way to go here. I just need to get my butt in gear.
That said, it is 2 weeks before Christmas and I have no begun shopping. Truth be told, I hate Christmas shopping. I hate being forced to buy things for people. I prefer to casually shop and buy things for people when I see something that I know they would like. I personally would prefer random, thoughtful gifts from people throughout the year then forced, often generic gifts from people all on one day. And I am by no means a Grinch. I just prefer to enjoy the holiday without the shopping stress. I love the lights and the music and the whole family together part.
But I have two kids and they want gifts so I have some shopping to do. As cliche as it sounds, I will be fresh and ready to start anew for the New Year. Until then, I will do what I can. And of course, I will keep you posted.