Well, my run started out fabulous. I was grateful for my water bottle to keep me hydrated, the miles felt smooth, I felt strong and I was happy to be out in the fresh air.
And then things got really windy and stormy… but I reminded myself over and over again that a headwind is speedwork in disguise;) —> It really is if you ask me.
And then just a few minutes before home, I fell. Hard. I was on a sidewalk with large weeds/bushes growing on both sides and onto the sidewalk so I was kind of distracted and boom, I tripped over a large crack. I went all winter long running on the snow (on really icy days I was on the the treadmill though) and didn’t fall but the clear sidewalks got me good. It doesn’t look bad but I hit my left knee the hardest and just sat on the sidewalk and cried ha. Those sidewalk cracks just jump out and get me on the regular! When I walked in the door my knee was double it’s normal size (and I was limping). From there the day had about a million crazy things happen SO I decided to show you the highlights rather than bore you with the lowlights;)
1. I came home to some happy kids. Brooke felt pretty cool because she found Andrew’s old iPod shuffle. I had a few of those back in the day and I LOVED it… I even had one with “Pain is temporary” transcribed on it.
2. Andrew is the expert nurse already… keeping me resting, icing, compressing and elevating. The saran wrap around the ice on my knee was an excellent idea.
3, Probably the biggest highlight of the day… a large sub. We had a bunch of Brooke and Knox’s friends over yesterday afternoon so the sub fueled us well for those activities (just do not ask about my favorite couch that was attacked by apple sauce by one of our kids;).
4, General Mills sent me these new varieties. I tried the apple cinnamon toast crunch and my verdict—> excellent.
5, Rewind to the morning and I did a podcast with Lindsey Hein. She was so much fun to talk to and I think we accidentally went on and on for 1 hour and 45 minutes instead of the hour we had planned on. We had a lot to talk about. I’ll let you know when the podcast is up:)
6. These chips/rice snacks/whatever they are from Costco are addicting. How does Costco always know exactly what I am going to become addicted to next.
7. Andrew gets a little bit too into hide and go seek game I think. It did take the kids quite some time to find him though.
8. Their favorite thing about Costco trips are the boxes they get to play with afterwards. Boxes > toys in their opinion.
9. Two new things of fresh raspberries, I think this was a huge highlight for all of us yesterday.
10. Brooke went to bed EARLY.com (she fell asleep while catching up on Elmo in bed), Andrew went for a run and I caught up on the Bachelor. Each season I tell myself it is my last season watching but then I keep on watching. I’ll probably take today off running (unless my knee is magically back to normal again but odds aren’t looking good) and use my morning ‘me time’ to meditate or read or do something because that morning alone time to run/workout/do our thing (or any time that we get to do it) is necessary for our sanity… anyone agree?
A picture from Andrew’s sunset run. Those of you that can run/work out at night… you are my heroes. I don’t know how to get out and do much besides a walk at night.
Keep your amazing running accomplishments coming! I LOVE reading them! Send them to —> [email protected] !!
Leah!!!! “My blog (complete with a monster race recap, of course) is HERE and the recap is HERE! Here’s a quick blurb: “I ran my third marathon at sugarloaf in Maine this weekend and finally took home the BQ I’ve been dreaming of! I ran the whole way with my amazing friend Denise and we ran a smart, strong race, negative splitting and blasting through our A goal of 3:30 to finish in 3:28:30. I’m still flying high and can’t wait to run my hometown marathon in BOSTON 2018!!!
Chelsea!!! “I ran my first marathon last year in 3:38, which was only 3 minutes shy of qualifying for Boston. This year I ran a more challenging course (Bluenose in Halifax, NS, Canada) and finished in 3:31- I qualified for Boston!!!! I am beyond excited. It’s been a lifelong dream for me to run Boston:)”
Deb!!! “On Saturday I ran a 12 hour race here in NYS called “Mind the Ducks”. You start at 7 AM and run (or walk or crawl or stagger!) until 7PM, accumulating as many miles as possible. It’s a pretty, mostly flat, one mile look around a pond, and you pass the “finish line” and aid station every mile, so there is constant support and feedback… and FOOD! (You’d love it, Janae, b/c they even had donuts this year!) Basically, you run all day long, while grazing at a pretty fabulous buffet. My goal this year was to beat 62.254 miles, as that was my PR back in 2012, and I did it! I got 63.756 miles!! Even though I puked on my friend’s lawn on the way home, have toenails that ache if you so much as look at them, and have been absurdly tired and hungry ever since, it was SO worth it. I can’t wait until next year:)”
Gretchen!!! “My name is Gretchen, and I am a high school athlete in cross country and track. I was always the person in seventh grade who had the 16 minute mile; I never envisioned myself as a runner. In my freshman year, my dad encouraged me to join cross country, and I fell in love immediately. Yet, I didn’t know how to take care of myself and I ended up with a busted hip halfway through the season. That fall, I also found out that I had a thyroid disease. Running helped me to take my mind off of that. I was not the fastest runner out there, but I have grown so much since seventh and freshman year. Now I am a varsity runner on track in the 800 and the 3200, and I am one person away from varsity cross country this year. I know I can do it. And guess what? My mile time is now 6:50!
What are your weekend plans?
What was a highlight (and/or a lowlight) from your week?
Found anything at Costco recently that you are absolutely loving?
Ever fallen while running… help me to not feel alone;) I probably shouldn’t be allowed to get into triathlons because if I can fall that easily running, I can’t imagine being on a bike!