An MRI machine...

quite possibly the most relaxing place I've been in a while. Sounds crazy, huh? But I don't joke. The tech asks you to choose your music preference, puts large squishy headphones over your ears, has you take off your shoes and relax. For the next 30 minutes, I closed my eyes and nearly fell asleep reminding myself to remain perfectly still. Don't get me wrong, it's a bit loud in there and if you're claustrophobic, it might not be your total zen. The foot got a little warm at times due to the magical powers of the MRI machine, but nothing unbearable. As I was being slid back out I realized that it was the most calm 30 waking minutes of my life as of late. Sometimes a little forced relaxation is totally necessary to your health.

It makes me think about workouts and training and how even if we're not running hard every day, we should still take some time to allow ourselves to do some gentle yoga instead of a sweat-fest cardio session at the gym. Maybe taking a day off wouldn't be such a bad idea... Now if only I could refrain from eating those damn cookies the bf keeps baking. Like I said before, guys can be bad influences on healthy eating b/c they can eat so much more and never have to bat an eyelash. Gah.

As for the scan, I'm hoping it comes back A-Ok and I can start running again and maybe (crossing fingers) still run the half marathon, if not marathon at Whidbey Island on March 29. After all, the cabin is booked, my race registration paid for and the plans have been made.

What is an MRI? For more info, click here.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI gives different information about structures in the body than can be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan. MRI also may show problems that cannot be seen with other imaging methods.

Happy relaxing!

Comments

J said…
Hope the MRI results come back with good news! I agree - I think a break sometimes is good!
Amber said…
Oh I hope your MRI comes back OK too!!

I definitely agree that R&R days are important. I'm trying to incorporate more yoga into my weekly routine and do only yoga on Saturdays!
Shoshanah said…
I heard MRIs mentioned so many times, but I don't think I've ever heard them described as relexing. But it makes sense though. How often are you told to just lie down somewhere and do nothing for any amount of time.
magda said…
I love that you found what most people would consider a tense situation stressful. I think a lot of this boils down to perspective--attitudes and outlooks really can make such a difference. Hopefully those positive vibes will influence the results! Fingers crossed for you!
magda said…
yeeeah, of course that should have said that what most would consider stressful, you found relaxing. Obviously haven't finished my coffee yet this morning ...
heatherdc said…
I'm not sure I could sit Completely still for that long. Ha, but if I had music I'd definitely fall asleep.

hope everything looks okay!! get better, Foot!!
raulgonemobile said…
I had a couple of MRIs last year and found them very relaxing myself. Apart from the banging drowning out the music once in a while, I had no complaints.

It's good to see I'm not the only one :)

Hope your results come back OK..
Manish Ahuja said…
I must say, that's really a super cool approach to look at the over all procedure. Doesn't make it sound too scary as one would rather feel. Anyways, I wish the results are just as you expect and may you get to run that marathon you mentioned.

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