Currently with this neck injury I’m extremely restricted in the movement I’m allowed to do. I can do walks, some lower body weightlifting, and some work in the pool (not swimming, but running in deep water using an aqua belt and walking up and down the lane in shallow water as long as it doesn’t irritate my neck.) None of these options are off-the-charts exciting, but what IS exciting is that I get to work out at night again.
As I’ve made the decision on how to finish this journey, I’ve been thinking back a lot to the roots of it. I trained for my first marathon almost exclusively at night, walking around my (then) neighborhood. Walking hundreds of miles in a neighborhood allowed me to know it really well, and I liked that a lot. We live in a new neighborhood now, so I thought it might be cool to walk around and explore a bit.
And it is! Except for the spiderwebs. Maybe my old neighborhood had less of them, or maybe I’ve just forgotten about it in all the nostalgia, but I do not remember being constantly covered in spiderwebs, and I could definitely live without it. (I imagine I look pretty hilarious in my workout gear trying desperately to remove sticky spiderweb from my person.) I could also live without getting that No Doubt spiderweb song stuck in my head every walk. If it’s in yours now, please consider it my gift to you.
There’s just something kind of magical about working out at night. The moonlight (or lack thereof,) the quiet, the other late night people who are out and about (even, every once in a while, another late-night worker outer,) and an extra special shout out to the people who let me pet their adorable dogs.
Once I’m off restrictions, just walking around my neighborhood won’t really be a great training option anymore, so I’m going to enjoy it while I can.