Yesterday’s workout was supposed to be 10 x .5 mile repeats fast. I did my warm-up and got to work on the .5 mile repeats. The first 4 were all done right at 2:49 and with each one my shins/calves hurt more and more and more.
This is the tricky thing about running. We are supposed to push ourselves. The fast paces are most definitely not going to feel great and we need to learn to keep going even when we are tired/sore/struggling in order to make breakthroughs and to get faster and stronger. BUT THEN there are times when you aren’t sure if you are coming up on an injury or not. You wonder if you are going into injury territory and if it is worth it to push through when it could mean not making it to the starting line of your race.
After the fourth repeat yesterday I called it quits with the speed. For some reason my calves/shins hurt pretty bad whenever I go into the 5:xx speeds. They do pretty well in the 6:xx and don’t hurt at all in the 7:xx. I don’t know if it is because my form changes when I am in a sprint or if the super fast stuff is just too much stress on my body right now because I am going on 6 months of marathons training… Who knows? Maybe I would have been just fine if I finished the workout but I made the decision that I am going to do whatever it takes to get to the starting line of my next race and so I have to be smart and listen to any red flags that my body sends to me. I had a great workout on Tuesday and I have a 20 miler on Saturday with a fast finish and I want to crush that without calves that hate me from pushing them too hard in speed.
Years ago I used to push through EVERYTHING no matter how bad it hurt and that is how I ended up with some pretty serious injuries. I have learned my lesson and I’d rather be safe than sorry and out of the game for months because of injury.
You win some. You lose some. It’s life and you just can’t get upset about it because there is a lot more important things in life:)
After my run we went to do some errands Including getting our oil changed. Thank goodness they had popcorn, hot chocolate and movies because we were there for quite a long time. We had sweet potatoes, chicken and broccoli at home for lunch!
Brooke’s favorite day of the week… her best friend spends the day with us!
Last night involved three excellent things:
1. Street tacos and soup.
2. Indoor rock climbing.. my arms will be sore for a month now.
3. My dear old friend Yogurtland. It has sure been a long time since I have had one of these beauties.
I’ve always been that person that wants to save her race bibs and display them or something cool but then I accidentally wash them every single time after the race so yeah…
I shared with you guys some of my Fall clothing favorites and I’ve had some requests for my winter staples so here ya go:
***Please note that I wait for a sale to buy any of the Jcrew/gap/old navy pieces because they ALWAYS have sales going on (30-40% even usually) which makes the JCrew clothes especially a little bit more affordable. Also, I do like to splurge a bit on some really nice pieces that I know will last me for a very long time and that will stay in style forever:)
-Love me a JCrew sweater because they are timeless and last forever. Just got this one in royal blue.
-A great thick/warm sweater… I have snow cap!
-I have this maroon sweater from gap and I love the color and fit (it has a boatneck collar).
-My current favorite is this white one from Lululemon. I was with my mom and she somehow convinced me to get it and I am so glad I did because it is CRAZY warm (it gets cold here and the goose down works wonders), will last forever and it isn’t a huge bulky jacket yet it does the job of one. It is made for running but I am using it for everything else. HERE
-I got this jacket not that long ago (in brown but they offer grey online) and it is great for semi-cold weather. I love the fun back on it and that it is longer. Another jacket from this same store that I love for the not so cold days.
-I had some Jcrew gift cards from my birthday + they had a 30% off sale so I went for THIS PEACOAT in black because it is a classic coat and it is also crazy warm.
-I bought these ones before I started teaching (ummm 6 years ago) and I STILL wear them all winter long.
-My favorite pair of wedge boots (I have them in black) for the days that I want to be extra tall.
-The only heels I will wear any season because they are comfortable as far as heels go.
Long sleeve goodness:
-An oversized V neck that it perfect for days you just want to be comfortable.
-I wear my red plaid shirt a ton!
-Simple pocket tee long sleeve that is soft ($13.99) and I have it in white.
-Fun striped top with a suede pocket that I wear often.
I share a little bit about balance and gratitude over on Lindsey’s blog if you want to check it out!
SEVEN days left to get your new favorite DONUT TANK!!!
Do you save your race bibs? Do you display them? Display your medals?
How do you know when to push through the pain and when to quit because you might be risking an injury?
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
What are you craving right now?