Monday: Rest day. And that's freaking awesome. No crippling soreness & feeling all kinds of good about the long run the day before. I thought my week was going to be 'teh awesomesauce.'
Tuesday: All h*ll broke out at work. I was scheduled to run 3 easy miles & had a session with my trainer. However, neither of those things happened. I ended up going out to dinner with Mr. X & did some stress eating. Not a positive thing at all.
Wednesday: 5 miles on the schedule. I had to take BigDog to the vet at 7 PM, so I knew it was going to be a tough squeeze. I mounted the treadmill determined to get all 5 miles. I failed. For the first mile, everything hurt. I expected this; my warm up mile is usually pretty rough on me. The 2nd mile felt better, but not great. During the 3rd mile, I knew something was wrong. I hit Mile 4 & decided I'd had enough. Everything hurt. My calves, my right IT band, my left hip... everything was out of whack. It was also getting late & needed to get showered so I could make the vet appointment. Which I did... but then they were running late. Guess what that resulted in? Pizza for dinner. All told, my run was 4 miles @ 10:38 pace. Nothing overly spectacular. I decided to be grateful for those 4 miles & start fresh the following morning.
Thursday: I wanted to log 3-4 miles before work. I should've known it wouldn't be that easy. At 1.5 miles into the run, I was in pain. Not sore, not jiggly... honest-to-goodness pain. I hopped off at 2 miles with a 10:35 pace. I had to [literally] hobble around because the insides of my calves hurt so bad. My IT band was not happy with me, either. Later that evening, I decided to do some running as a warm up for my training session: 2 miles @ 10:38 pace. All I can say is the pain was more manageable. So I managed 4 miles for the day, though that probably wasn't a good thing. Then I did an hour of upper body weights with my trainer; it made me feel better & more productive than the running had. I started talking to female friends & found out it's [fairly] common for the muscles to be out-of-whack just before a cycle begins. I was hoping to blame it on that.
Friday: Rest day on the schedule. I took it. I was tired of feeling broken. We went to a friend's house for a social gathering in the evening... which means I ate even more food that wasn't good for me. In the category of "get my bicycle fixed, " I bought my sweet new Cannondale.
|Who needs a Huffy?|
|Got a kick out of this!|
Not to be left out, Mr. X got a new grill. Yes, I'm looking forward to genuinely grilled meats. It's a half-&-half, so we have a gas option & a charcoal option. Which is awesomesauce, right? Gas is great for the weekdays when we don't have a lot of time but still want grilled. But for slow cooking on the weekends, the charcoal side is going to be great!
Saturday: I was meant to run 9 miles. I didn't. I didn't trust my legs to sustain me & felt it was important to lay off. By that point, I wasn't sure if I was looking at an overuse injury or just had wonky muscles for a few days. Mr. X put the grill together, I tried to pimp my Canndondale (light kit was missing pieces), & we watched the newest Muppet movie (it was awful). In the evening, we attended a retirement dinner for a coworker. Yes, another night of dining out.
Sunday: My first day of hiking in Italy. It was coldcoldcold, which really caught me off guard. I'm not entirely convinced I was dressed appropriately for it. We loaded up our Camelbaks & headed to the mountain. And from now on, I will always believe my husband when he says, "we're going straight up the side of a mountain." Because we did! It was lovely, but I wanted gloves the entire time. I kept touching things. I'm not adverse to nature, but I don't like touching dirty things then touching my face to wipe the hair out of my eyes. Lesson learned: wear gloves. At the top of the mountain, our elevation profile was 795 feet... that's a lot of incline to walk! That's also how I realized I've probably got a touch of an overuse injury to my ankles/calves.
|Top of the mountain!|
|There's a house built right next to this rock!|