I have a lot of random stories to talk to you about from my iPhone and TOMORROW I’ll have the video of ways to wake up our glutes before a run. I also have a minor setback to talk about at the end of the post but I truly believe it won’t make a difference on my race day finishing time!
*We went to the BYU football game on Saturday (against USC and we won) and we had a donut that was almost as tall as Skye. It was delicious and the game was great too. Andrew even got to watch the game on the field with my bro-in-law for a while (once I took the girls home because they were getting hot).
*Skye gets so excited when she gets to be around my sister’s little boys. It won’t be long until they are all in elementary school together.
*This picture would most perfectly describes marathon training if there was a bunch of food wrappers placed all around them. This is how I feel haha:
*Andrew and Brooke had a Panda Express at home picnic date while I was in Seattle.
*This set-up was at Brooks Headquarters and those shoes are a beautiful sight to see in real life.
*We stayed at an EVEN hotel in Seattle. I just love what they have in each room. I actually got back from my run and stretched for a while… it felt so nice.
*Jim Weber is the CEO of Brooks and one of the most positive people you will ever meet. He is the definition of ‘Run Happy’ and it’s been fun to get to know him more and more each year on these Brooks trips. Brooks is pretty great because ALL of their focus is on running… and you can see it and feel it with their products and their people.
*My friend sent this to me and I laughed so hard… “My friends are into running and they say they are addicted to running…. And I’m addicted to STOPPING running.” Hahah
*I just liked this picture of these two and if you zoom in on Andrew’s sunglasses you can see I’m waving something in the air for Skye to look at… that’s how we get her to look at the camera ha.
*Jen and I showed up to meetings on Friday in almost the exact same outfit (the only difference was our shoes… I was in the Launch and she was in the Hyperion).
*My niece (the one I blog about all of the time) is falling in love more and more with cross-country. I’ve got her geared up in one of my old watches and a pair of the Launch. I’m just so so excited about this. You can never start too young with the GPS and running shoe selfies.
*From last week’s long run… water, vest, gels and a headlamp all in my pockets. I get really excited about pockets and I know a lot of you do too.
*Picture from right before our last PR… can’t wait for our picture before our next PR in a few weeks:)
Okay, let’s talk about a mini set-back in my training! Last week the afternoon after my 20 x 400s my left calf was feeling a little off. It didn’t hurt again until after I finished my run on Saturday. It felt normal again on Sunday and then I ran Monday (below) and it felt great during the run but then didn’t feel great after so I went into Dr. Bennett! This last week was also a crazy week of little sleep because of some big life stressors so I’m sure that didn’t help my recovery after that workout.
Diagnosis—> posterior shin splints and muscle tightness which is something I can run through but Dr. Bennett told me to ease off on any ballistic movements for a little while. AKA the workout I was supposed to do today (26 x 200m). I may have also slightly pulled the muscle supporting my arch too. I don’t like the idea of missing workouts but we are so close to the race, I’m sure it will all work out! Little things always pop up for me during the taper period too.
From there I went to talk to Hawk (my coach) to figure out this week’s running. Skye made herself comfortable as she watched some running clips on the TV (okay, the below scene lasted for 10 seconds… and the rest of the time she was attempting to tear apart the store;)
We just have to be smart with this kind of stuff. What is happening in my calf is not a huge deal (and I’m probably being dramatic like usual) but I don’t see any reason to push it over the edge if just a few days easy/off will get it right back to 100%. I’ve worked too hard to get to this place:) I want to feel confident with a healthy body on October 5th and if that means I am a little undercooked from missing a workout or two that is okay with me because I do not want to miss that starting line! We get one body so we have to treat it right!
If you need me… I’ll be doing this:
Tell me about any setbacks that you’ve had before a big race? Share with me please!
What is your local running store? Do you go in often or buy most things online?
What’s your run today? I’ll live through you because I’m likely just going to sleep in today and call it good:)