Today’s Workout- 60 minute Runner’s Core class at Running, Etc.
AM- 7 Miles @ 7:15 pace. PM- 4 miles(will do tonight)
I’ve been really good about keeping up with my strength sessions. In the past I’ve told myself I would keep it up and by the end of the training cycle my good intentions would fade away. When Mike Robinson (owner of Running, Etc.) told me the above quote at a core class two weeks ago (meant in the kindest way) I almost fell over laughing. That sentence was brutally honest but good because it stuck in my mind. He is right! I will run 75 mile weeks for 3 months straight but ask me to open a spaghetti sauce jar and I’ll have to grab a knife to pry that babys edge open.
A few months back Mike had me bring in my race photos so we could discuss my awful form and how the weak hips affected me at the end of a marathon. I was not a believer but not that I’ve been committed for a couple of months I am now starting to feel the work paying off. Usually at the end of a race my hips are leaning and my shoulders are slouching. The pic below is from the Surf N Santa 10 miler and thats the straightest my hips have been at the end of a race. Details matter. So strength is going great and the class instructor Jonathan Harris even gave me core homework for the week so I don’t slack.
(If any GOMIers want to comment on my stretch marks feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Why am I talking about strength work AGAIN? Because it’s the only thing I’ve done lately but I think I’m fully healed. I want to say the tendonitis is gone but it’s too soon to say. I don’t want to jinx myself. I am proud of myself for resting though. Do you want to see what my running week looked like last week?
Monday- 0 miles
Tuesday- 0 miles
Wednesday- 0 miles
Thursday- 0 miles
Friday- 0 miles
Saturday- 0 miles
Sunday- 0 miles
Clearly I was very ambitious 😉 I knew I had to rest to get healthy though. Some people respond well to active recovery but unfortunately I am not one of those people. If I try to run through any type of niggle it laughs at me and comes back 10 times harder. Luckily the Surf N Santa awards were mailed out to keep my running mind preoccupied. I tried to get a nice picture of the ornament and gift card for the blog but as you can see from my 5 year old…sarcasm is hereditary! That is not his real smile….he is mocking me and I let him get away with it because I’m a sucker for cute boys.
I have some exciting changes to my running life coming up. There are some final details to work out still but there will an announcement soon. Also I received some great running gear for my birthday last week so I’ll be doing a running stuff I love post later in the week.
Last but most importantly I want to remind everyone to love daily, love deeply. Friday morning I walked into my 3 kids elementary school to drop off treat bags. I peeked into each of their classrooms and blew them each a kiss and a smile. I walked out overwhelmed with how much pure happiness was in that building. The kids were all laughing and the teachers (as always) are smiling and loving. To think that at that moment another elementary school was going through such horrors is beyond my words….beyond my understanding. Sending love and prayers to the families, teachers, police officers, and first responders in Newtown.