Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Oh hi, blog... I'm accident prone.

It has been quite an interesting few weeks.
The Monday after I last posted, I had my first crash on my new-to-me bike. What it boils down to is that I just came around a corner too fast, hit a combination of gravel and a pothole, and ended up sprawled on the street tangled in the bike frame. Thankfully, I wasn't hurt seriously, but I did have enough soreness and bruising that I ended up taking the week off to recover. Could I have run through it? Probably after a few days, sure. Do I regret taking that much time? Not in the least. I am a full supporter of the following idea: while some kinds of pain are your body becoming stronger, there are other kinds of pain that are your body telling you something is wrong, and there's no shame in taking the time to rest and recover and make sure things are truly OK again before you pick back up. As for me, the deep purple and blue all over my knee didn't scare me, but the swelling did, and I didn't want to risk having something worse happen closer to race time by not taking care of it now. Icing, fluids, rest, and some walking got me through that week, and then I stepped out the next Monday to start over. Aside from a little residual soreness, my knee felt fine, and now it's 100%. It didn't even bug me on my 7 miler on Saturday.
I also had a bit of ankle trouble yesterday. While it did frustrate me, I stopped my run where I was, walked home, and immediately wrapped and iced it. 80% of it being me not wanting to make it worse for the long run here, 20% being so that I wasn't in a boatload of pain in my wedge heels I'm wearing for a wedding I'm standing in Saturday.
OK, so on that note:
Month to date: 22.8 miles. It's low, but I did lose a week, and I have 9 more days to get the miles in.
OK, I'm off. Have fun, kids!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

6/5/10--Kicking and screaming

Today's run: 2 miles
Week to date: 14 miles
Month to date: 10 miles

I. Did. Not. Want. To. Run. Today. I didn't want to do much of anything, really. Kind of like yesterday, when it was pouring rain and only in the mid 50's, so I let myself take rest day #2 for the week, and spent it curled up with a book.
Today, however, the rain has stopped and it's in the 60's again. It's still gloomy looking, but I've ran in FAR worse. Plus, there are no more rest days left for this week, so my choices were to either run 2 miles or bike for 45 minutes. I had myself all ready for the bike, but I re-evaluated, and decided to bike tomorrow when I would already be biking to and from work.
I really did try to shake off the whiny attitude while I was out there. I wanted to enjoy it. But, all I wanted to do was curl back up with that book from yesterday. So, I got through the 2 miles. 2 junk miles, but 2 miles nonetheless.

Side note: Previously here, I had been adding up my mileage going Sunday-Saturday, with the totals resetting on Sunday. However, I looked at my training plan today, and I realized that I wrote that with the week totals going from Monday-Sunday. So, from this point on, that is how my mileage is going to be recorded.

Friday, June 4, 2010


Today's (yesterday's?) run: 6 miles
Week to date: 12 miles
Month to date: 8 miles

I forgot to blog yesterday! Oops.
In all seriousness, yesterday was just about the perfect day. If race day was just like yesterday was, I'd be so freaking happy.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

6/2/10--One Way Ticket

Today's run: 2 miles
Week to date: 6 miles
Month to date: 2 miles

(Now that's strange to look at. Since when has my weekly total been more than my monthly total?)

Well, I've been biking to work these days--School's pretty much done around here, so now I'm at my summer post of Tourist Park Campground. Seeing as how it is 2 miles via the trail from my apartment, I'm opting to burn calories instead of gas. However, last night, it was raining pretty good when I got done with work, so I opted to catch a ride home with my co-worker. Today, I drove my truck in, and then biked home, then ran back just now to get my truck. 2 miles. Boom.
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