A Step Back for Every Step Forward

I’ve been avoiding the blog because, well, my running has been frustrating lately. As one nagging pain eases, I seem to develop a new one. I’m sure it’s all compensation related, but whatever. It’s driving me nuts and is kind of depressing. I feel slow as hell and on the days when I do feel pep in my legs, one of my strains (the latest one is my left hip flexor) yells at me to slow down. For every decent run I have, I seem to have one lousy and one meh run to go along with it. I’m turning 46 in a few weeks, and I’m in serious denial. My aches and pains remind me of the facts. 

I’m trying to feel grateful that I’m still able to run, but honestly I’m just bummed. 

My son turned 21 today. That makes me feel positively ancient (my kid would agree). I’m still worried about him for a myriad of reasons. I have to say, the whole millenial generation baffles the shit out of me. If that statement doesn’t make me sound old, I don’t know what will. 

Aaaaannnnnd to add to my crotchety old lady list of complaints, this weather bites. 

  

 

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23 thoughts on “A Step Back for Every Step Forward

  1. I’m highly interested in what about the Millennial generation has you so baffled? Maybe another post on this subject alone would help work out some feelings ? πŸ™‚ Sorry your running is so screwy :-/

  2. Don’t you just LOVE getting older??? I felt really old when I complained about my son’s music, then remembered my parents reaction to one of my favorite tapes I got for Christmas, Poison. Kids.
    Feel better, have a nice cuppa cocoa with extra whipped cream, and know that soon, it will be hottern’hell outside πŸ™‚

  3. The older generation never understands the younger generation. We just watched “Breakfast Club” last weekend. Hilarious.
    I’ll be 52 this fall and I’m loving being in my 50s. I feel wiser in that I know 10 years from now I’ll know I was foolish at 51. I was foolish at 41. That revelation came with age. As we learn more our old (younger) selves look naΓ―ve and pre-occupied with the wrong things.
    I knew I was old when I could not understand tattoos and piercings. I mean, WTF? Some of these people look like fishing lures.
    Don’t worry about 46.
    Just remember, you’ll never be younger than you are today.

  4. I hear you! My PF just won’t go away and I threw my back out over Christmas (by *sleeping* on it wrong. Sheesh. And I’m still in my 30s! It’s easy to get frustrated/hard to remember that this too shall pass. I’ll send a good thought your way every time I stretch my calf/foot.

  5. So sorry to hear that you have been struggling with running, and hope that you are feeling better soon! 😦 Same for everything else, and the weather on top.

    But yeah things tend to snowball that way … not sure what else to say …

    Sorry to hear about your son – our son came home from NYU having not completed a final draft of his final project for one of his classes after meeting with his professor a couple of days prior. He got it done and submitted without an issue, but wow were we annoyed! haha. The upside is he just missed a 3.0 – including a full A (they don’t give an A+) in that class!

    As for millenials … well I actually found that the kids who got out of college in the early-mid 2000s were more entitled, whereas most of the young kids I deal with now seem to understand better that there is no job waiting to be handed to them, that they need to work at stuff. I have some amazing young engineers at Corning who I have been mentoring – great work ethic, eager,and so on.

    As for old .. yeah, I turn 50 in a few months. And I am the healthiest, thinnest and in the best shape of my LIFE! Age is a number … I just wish it would slow down a bit!

    • I think I forget what an anxious person I was when I was my kid’s age. I was super hardworking, but maybe not for the right reasons. I bet you were annoyed with your son since the solution seems so easy: don’t procrastinate when it’s important! Lol. My son has zero planning skills. It drives me crazy.

      • The procrastination is one thing … But since he was basically done and met with his prof on Thursday and she challenged him to do basically a total rewrite … This was one time it wasn’t the main thing! :). Haha

        But as we said – the solution WAS easy: call us and say “I have to stay to finish this, will come on on Saturday or Sunday instead of Friday.” Sure we would have lost the bus ticket (all of $40), but that was no biggie at all. Live and learn πŸ™‚

        • Mine just let his drivers license expire and decided to drive home to get it renewed without looking to see if the DMV would even be open on a Saturday (it’s not). He had the paperwork to mail the stupid thing in for renewal and I’d already reminded him multiple times to get it done. *sigh* This was just his latest incident (don’t get me started on his unpaid parking tickets that he is going to have to figure out how to pay, but we ain’t doing it even if the car gets impounded by the city of Boston), although I have to add that I was still awfully glad for him to visit, even if it was only for a few hours.

  6. Karen @ runningfifty says:

    Oh, gee…how frustrating it must be to not be running at the level you are used to. Good luck getting back to that point soon. I just turned 59 and I agree with you that I am happy I am running. The thought of turning 60 next year seems unreal but I’m trying to embrace it as a chance to enter a new age group…haha. Here’s hoping things are looking up soon. I always enjoy your posts.

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