Can someone please help me push the reset button? I really need a fresh start, especially going into the week of my 40th birthday. Yes, it’s finally here. So, let’s recap – I had the health scare of my life last week and this week I’m turning 40. For realizes?
WEEK OF MARCH 9, 2015
RUNNING: Running pretty much sucked this past week since I had a “little” surgery on Monday. I was told to rest for 48 hours and then it was game-on. My first run, two days post surgery, was one of the worst. This was shocking to no one but me. My legs were like two logs I was dragging, I had shin pain in my left leg for no apparent reason and I had to make two bathroom stops, one of which with an “uncooperative” port-o-potty. You don’t even want to know.
My second run was infinitely better but an 8:15 pace felt like speed work.
Run number three was a “almost tempo” on the treadmill – 1 mile warm-up, 4 miles @ 7:00 and 1 mile cool down. It felt easy! I was so happy I almost ran myself right off the treadmill. I even added some incline just to keep it interesting.
I was subtly forced into a rest day on Sunday by CRS so, while you’re sitting there reading this, I’m probably out on my 18 miler. Send a little good vibes my way, won’t you?
Total mileage: 18.5
CYCLING: What is this? I was too busy forcing my body to run that I didn’t get in any bike work. RESET!
SWIMMING: And this is why I love the pool. My pool workout, three days post-surgery was amazing. I felt so good in the water and I was so grateful to be a swimmer! Maybe I can swim the marathon?
Total yards: 1900
CROSS-TRAINING: I was a little scared to do any strength training since I was instructed not to lift heavy things. Somehow this doesn’t apply to laundry so I figured some push-ups, core work and hip and glute strengtheners wouldn’t kill me either. In fact, they did the opposite and this workout was one of the only highlights in my week.
RACING: So this is getting real:
He looks so warm! Will it really be shorts and singlet weather on April 26th? If so, you know my whole race recap will be about how unbearably hot it was. #Diva
FUEL: Super cereal! I discovered this buckwheat delight and have been putting it on everything. Did you know buckwheat is actually a seed and not wheat? This cereal is packed with nutrients plus 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. It really is super.
GEAR: Are you sick to death of compression sock promos? I mean how did these things get to be such a staple of runners and running? Probably because they are amazing. And, though Oiselle, I was able to test out CSX Compression and they are delicious. Here’s why: FIT, FIT and FIT. The unique sizing system they have ensures the perfect fit and putting them on and taking them off does not in any way resemble wrestling with a wet bathing suit. SCORE!
THINGS I LOVE: Oh so many things – Life! Birthdays! Contests! Check out this one by RunHaven and Nathan, you could win $250 worth of gear just by sharing your #JourneysInRunning. And we runners love to share!
THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Chafing in my delicate lady parts. I don’t know what the hell happened but on one of my long runs, I had to shove my glove down my pants (visual) because the pain was so bad, with 5 miles to go! This was one time I was deliriously happy to run where there are mostly cows. #RunnersAreEmbarassedByNothing
MUSIC: For whatever reason, though all my shitty runs, stops and starts this week, this song has made me smile. I love the beat, I love the flow and it was the last tune I heard when leaving the pool in Las Vegas. Now that was a good RESET.
READING: If nothing else, this was a good week for reading. I finished Girl On The Train (amazing!) but mostly I’ve been reading articles like this one which basically says hey – stop working so damn much – it’s stupid! Um, it’s actually titled Work Better, Work Less but that’s basically what I said, right?
QUOTE COMMENT OF THE WEEK: So when writing for the masses, you need to have a tough skin. An article I wrote for RunHaven titled If These Shoes Could Talk got some people’s panties all bunched up. This was my favorite comment from the RunHaven FB page:
“For the first time I’m gonna say thus was kind of dumb… I don’t choose a shoe like an immature high school cheerleader drop out…. my colors? I choose the option I like the best… the shoe? I have what I like but I’ll try something based on a review…”
Where do I even begin? And stop hating on high school cheerleader drop outs!
How was your week?
What would you like a “reset” for?