by Kara Goucher | Jul 14, 2010 |
I don’t get bored very often. Even though my life is quite routine, filled with the same schedule of workouts, meals, and treatments every day, I enjoy my routine so much that it never becomes dull for me. But I depend so much on training to fill my days that when my training is interrupted for any reason, boredom creeps in.
Like right now. My big toe is still swollen from the surgery I had on it a few weeks ago, so I can’t run. In fact, for the first several days after the operation I couldn’t do much of anything, including drive. Because of that I’ve been bored out of my skull. Even now the cross-training workouts I can do, like riding the elliptical trainer, are home-based, so I almost never leave the house. I’ve got a severe case of cabin fever.
The Prefontaine Classic on July 3 was a nice distraction that came along at just the right time. It got me out of the house and gave me an opportunity to watch other people run, which is the next best thing to running. Except maybe when you can’t run! I confess I was green with envy as I watched a lot of my friends competing in one of my favorite places to race, Hayward Field, while I sat incapacitated by a mouse-size big toe (not to mention a grapefruit-size fetus in my womb!).
Last Friday another kind of distraction came my way: my birthday! Most of the presents I received were not for me but for the baby. “So this is how it’s going to be from now on!” I thought.
One present I got that was definitely not for the baby was the language-learning program, Rosetta Stone. Adam gave it to me because he knows how ashamed I always feel when I travel in Europe to compete and I can’t speak a word of the language. So now I’m learning French. It seems like such a cliché way to kill boredom, but it’s working pretty well and I’m really motivated to immerse myself in it because when I left Europe last year I vowed that I would be able to communicate in French or German when I came back. I still have a ways to go before I can discuss philosophy in the language of love, but I’m making progress every day.
Speaking of distractions, if you need a distraction from whatever you were planning to do after you finish reading this, check out this greeting card and t-shirt I designed for Remanents.com. It was a chance for me to express my creative side, and the proceeds benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Thanks in advance for your purchase!