I started running again in October. I’d basically quit over the spring/summer, a combination of being crazy-busy with the Irish bar book and then throwing my back out and then just lazy. I missed running, so in the fall when things calmed down a little I started it up again, and now I can’t believe I ever quit.
(I don’t have shin splints this time, but I do have this weird pain in my right foot, on the outside of the foot just in front of the ankle joint, and a wicked side stitch that won’t go away no matter how many bananas I eat or how much water I drink. Help, runners.)
I’ve also done the cliché thing and started a diet, in connection withthis evil thing that my friend Jennifer turned me onto. Now I go around looking at labels and considering the fast-food menu seriously instead of just getting the lard-smeared nacho plate, and while it’s a pain the ass, I do feel better than I did when I was eating butter shortbread for breakfast.
I have a fridge full of veggies and recipes for 400-calorie meals and if I’m very, very good all day I can still have a glass of wine or dessert or some of the nachos anyway. I’ve never wanted to be neurotic about what I eat, but look, I ain’t getting any younger and women in my family live into their 90s. Stuff need to work a good long time yet.
I’d like to stick with those things in 2012, because the better physically I feel, the more I’m able to accomplish, and there’s so much this year that needs doing.
What are yours?