I’ve been going jogging more. Within a few weeks I noticed my endurance getting better and being able to run slightly faster without dying. I can also easily run longer distances and more times each week. I must have doubled or tripled my mileage within two weeks.
Aaaaaand shin splints.
It’s like, the second one health problem disappears, another just waltzes in to take its place. Can’t I be fucking young and healthy and active like normal people are at 23? I just disappeared my lower back pain thanks to my magical massage place. This is bullshit.
I asked Doug, one of the regulars at work who does cycling races. He said apparently you’re not supposed to increase your mileage/speed/frequency/intensity more than 10% each week. So I guess I’m taking a break, which works out cause I should be practicing violin instead. (If you’re wondering how I can be writing this instead of practicing violin, I was going to spend the night watching House of Cards but it’s too negative for me right now. Writing is therapeutic.)
I’m pissed because it felt like I was finally starting to be active and athletic. I had bad exercise-induced asthma throughout middle school and high school. I ran at home on the treadmill but I could never run outside. Only in the last few years did I realize why: air pollution. Thanks, LA, for ruining my childhood.
And then all that treadmill running in high school gave me shin splints, from heel-striking too much trying to run faster. I went to a physical therapist and he recommended motion-control running shoes. Because when you have fallen arches, the best thing to do is put a bunch of support underneath. (If you don’t know basic arch engineering, gravity is what holds the stones in place. Putting a column underneath an arch will cause it to collapse.)
I tried running again when I was recovering from depression, and it really clicked when I started couch-to-5k my senior year at SB. That was the first time I could run a mile without stopping since I was 14. Moving back to LA broke my streak and I fell off the wagon.
Now I’m climbing back on for the third time since moving to Japan and it was starting to feel fun and easy. I was looking forward to running, like I did back in SB. The weather is perfect, I’m in a nice area, I can run farther. But no, my shins are stabbing me. And you know the only way to cure shin splints? Not running.
So I could spend Y600 a workout and start swimming at the gym, or I can eat a bunch of ice cream to ease my pain and enjoy my diabetes and heart disease. Do you know how much ice cream I can get for Y600??
When I was in Kagurazaka the other day, I saw that the cafe where I got the drink in my picture has closed. A moment of silence.