Did you miss me? Huh, did ya? ;)
A full week off from running AND blogging... whatever did I do with myself, you may ask? A quick recap:
Monday: In the morning we went to the park and had a picnic lunch. I took Joey to Back-to-School night after dinner (this is a time when I usually run... it was nice to do something with just Joey).
Tuesday: In the morning we went to Kingdom of Bounce. In the evening, I took the three youngest kids to the pool while Joey had soccer practice.
Wednesday: SLEPT IN TILL 8 AM! (Typically I am up and running at 6 AM on Wednesdays) Playdate at a friend's house in the morning along with lunch. In the evening, I went to the Another Mother Runner Party at Fleet Feet (more below about that).
Thursday: Grocery shopping in the morning. Hubby took Joey and a pal to the Clippers game that night... rainy most of the day so we just chilled at home, did laundry, etc.
Friday: Slept till 8 again! A few errands with the kids in the morning. Out with my BFF after dinner (stayed out too late gabbing, as usual!).
So, needless to say, I kept myself busy. What else did I do? I did the squat challenge and the plank challenge (see previous blog post) every day, taking rest days when they were scheduled. I did a bit of strength training (arms on Wednesday, and core on Friday). What didn't I do? I didn't foam roll (except for once on Friday morning). I didn't run (duh). I didn't focus on hydration, or eating certain foods. I just kind of chilled. Mentally and physically.
And the results? I am definitely feeling better physically. I still have a bit of soreness in my calf/shin. I just don't think that's going to go away. It only hurts (and very little) first thing in the morning, when I go down the stairs. After that it goes away. Mentally, well, I missed running... a bit. I really thought I would miss it more. The times when I really missed it were when I got my Runner's World magazine on Tuesday (and had it read cover-to-cover by Wednesday), and after the Another Mother Runner Party.
The party was so much fun! I started out by going to Fleet Feet and trying out a few different pairs of shoes, as my Mizuno's have just over 250 miles on them right now and I know that I will need new shoes before my half. I ended up buying another pair of Mizuno's... nothing else felt even close to as good on my feet! The best part is my new pair are PINK :)
Then I had dinner at the pizza place next store to Fleet Feet with several other moms who are on the Columbus Moms Run This Town Facebook page. I had only met one of them previously, so it was neat to meet them in person and have a fun dinner. Then we headed back over to Fleet Feet for the party. It was so cool to meet Dimity and SBS, the authors of Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother. They are both really down-to-earth ladies. I got Dimity to sign my copy of Train Like a Mother.
They had super-awesome swag bags, with a bunch of cool samples in them. Then, they had a drawing for several prizes. Guess who won a $55 gift card to 110%?!! Yep, me! I already know what I am getting: a pair of compression sleeves with ICE INSERTS. Can we say genius?!!
So... this morning I woke up at 6:15 AM and laced up my new Mizuno's. I admit, I was tired. I have enjoyed NOT waking up very early, and my little ones have allowed mama to sleep in a bit. But this run needed to happen. I planned on running 3-4 miles. My goals: to keep my pace above 10:00 for the entire run, and to really not push myself at all. I almost accomplished the first goal. My last mile, I got a bit fast, but overall the run went as planned. I did 4.16 miles in 43:39. Mile 1 = 10:58, Mile 2 = 10:40, Mile 3 = 10:21, Mile 4 = 9:58. I wasn't out of breath at any time during the run (so goal #2 was accomplished). My left foot did fall asleep at around 1.75 miles. At 2.5 miles I stopped and stretched for a minute, hoping it would "wake up". It did... for about three-tenths of a mile. At that point I just ignored it for the remainder of the run. For some reason, when I am trying to run slow, my left foot falls asleep. My right foot falls asleep if I forget to keep my toes loose by wiggling them while I run (not the entire time--every minute or so).
The big question now is, what's next? Do I pick up with the TLAM: Own It training program? Do I revisit the entire plan? I am not sure... going to think about it tonight and tomorrow. I am supposed to run on Tuesday night while Joey has soccer with a friend who is a bit slower than my easy pace, and I do want to do that "social run". I need running to be fun, and not all about pace. I think that was the biggest problem mentally for me... I would get so hyped up for the pace I needed to hit for each run, that it wouldn't be fun for me. I have the quarter marathon in two weeks. I miss doing track work for speed, so I may try to integrate that in a couple of times over the next two weeks. It can only help with a race like the quarter.
More tomorrow... I definitely missed blogging, by the way :)