There is so much I want to talk about today.
I made that bold, even though it seemed all-caps worthy. But all-caps implies yelling, and I thought maybe that was too aggressive for a Monday morning. Bolded words say, “This sentence is important, but also I like to have fun.”
I could talk about the gymnastics Olympic trials last night. Holy crap that was exciting.
If you follow me on Twitter (which you shouldn’t bother doing, because I don’t make much more sense there than I do here — I have a difficult time conveying my thoughts in 140 characters or less), you know that I was really into the trials last night.
I couldn’t shut up about them, and I know you’re thinking, “But Ali, you can never shut up about anything.”
That is correct. But I was home alone last night (Brian worked until 5:30 AM — he got home this morning as I was leaving for my run, so that’s fun) and I kept screaming at the TV.
I had to hold myself back from doing walkovers onto the couch. I had a feeling that would not have ended well for me, but also for the couch.
OK, enough with the Tweets in place of actual blogging.
So yeah, I could talk about the trials. I’ve been getting way more into them than I expected, and I’m excited for tonight’s run-off and, eventually, for the actual Olympics. That should be fun.
I could talk about my weekend, but it was mostly uneventful.
I went out Friday night for my friend Nicole’s birthday. Her shindig involved playing foosball, watching the X-Games and some dancing.
Do people say “shindig?” If not, maybe we can bring that word back. But maybe it never went away. I don’t know. I’ll Google it later.
I “slept in” until 8 AM on Saturday. I know how to be wild on the weekends. I did a little bike riding in my fancy new bike shirt.
The shirt has pockets in the back, like all real bike shirts, but I didn’t know what to put in the pockets, so I kept them empty. Maybe I need to stash some tires back there, or some fuel, or maybe love notes from Brian.
My ride wasn’t very long and it definitely wasn’t very fast. After last week’s super high bike mileage (for me, since I have nothing to compare it to), I went quite a bit easier this week. I rode again yesterday, still slow, still not as long.
Other weekend events included fine dining at a fancy establishment…
My weekend was pretty relaxing, but yet again, do you notice something that was missing?
Well yes, vegetables or anything remotely resembling “healthy living.”
But also: running.
Where is the running talk?
DON’T WORRY, IT’S BACK NOW.
Yes. All caps bold. For emphasis.
I gave myself a decent amount of time off. After my weird foot thing early last week, I was going to take another week off. But I like starting things fresh on Mondays, and my foot felt totally super fine all weekend, so today it was back in the Brooks.
Break time was over.
Truthfully, I was nervous last night. I really wanted to wake up this morning and go for a good run. I didn’t need it to be fast, but I didn’t want there to be pain.
And guess what?
There wasn’t pain!
There was slowness, and there was no crazy mileage. I think if I’m going to ever run high mileage again, I need to ease into it very slowly. Next week I’ll officially begin New York City Marathon training, so this week is all about slow, easy runs, nothing long, nothing crazy. Lots of assessment, lots of checking in, and a whole heck of a lot of foam rolling.
I hate foam rolling so much.
It was fun when I felt like I didn’t “need” to do it. Now that it’s necessary, I think it’s the worst thing ever.
So, what with this being a “running blog” of sorts, here are a few notes about today’s run:
- I liked “only” running 5 miles. For most of this year, my “shorter” runs were six miles. Maybe that’s too high for me and I need to scale back. So today I went out for five, and I liked it! It didn’t take much time and my route was a snappy two loops of the Bridle Path.
- My foot felt fine during the run and has felt good ever since. I stretched it out and want to start doing ankle and foot strengthening exercises. But so far so good. Here’s hoping the foot pain doesn’t return.
- My hip is fine. Sometimes it’s tight, sometimes it’s achy, but it also feels OK when running. It only hurts when I go from sitting to standing too fast. Yes, there’s a chance I am a 27-year-old chick in the body of a 90-year-old man on the verge of a hip replacement.
- My left IT Band might snap at any minute. So this is new. I’ve never had ITB issues, which I feel fortunate for, but over the weekend I noticed it was feeling a little tight. Maybe from the biking. Maybe because I don’t foam roll enough. I rolled and iced a lot over the weekend, and it doesn’t hurt at all. It didn’t hurt during the run and it didn’t hurt after. It’s just another pesky body part I want to be aware of this early in training so that it doesn’t turn into an actual injury.
Odds half these things are phantom imaginary pains?
Relatively high I suppose.
I’m excited to be running regularly again. I’m hoping to incorporate time on the bike in my marathon training, and generally I’m just hoping the speed comes back to me so I can comfortably nail my time goal (sub-4 marathon) and remain injury-free.
So yes, moving forward, I think I’ll be talking about running some more.
I hope you’re up for it.
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS: You know I like to play this game on Mondays. Tell me about the best part of your weekend.