And I am SORE!
That's what I get for being so lazy over the holidays! I am going to pay for this dearly. 10 miles after work. I felt good, then bad, then good, then bad, and this cycle went on for 10 entire miles. My only saving grace was that I knew I could finish...and I knew it would end. There were times (since I was making several loops around my car) that I thought "I could just stop now...pick up some extra miles in a few days..." But then my inner voice (you know that one that we all hate, but tolerate, and then thank once we complete the task it won't let us NOT do), well, that inner voice kept saying "girl, you ran 26.2 miles before...don't start acting like 10 miles is gonna kill ya". So, I listened to her...cause she's way tougher than I am. And I'm glad, and of course thanked her profusely (mixed in with a few curse words) when I was done. Because...geez louise...I am SORE. Did I mention that?
We (T and I) are scheduled to run the Robins AFB Museum Half Marathon on the 12th...like a week from Saturday. Needless to say, I'm ill prepared...we won't talk about how prepared T is...I'll let him post his own sob story on his own blog...I know I can do it (finish that is), but whether or not I PR is another story. The route is a familiar one to me since most days of the week I drive the very streets we will be running on, but the fear is still there. What if I don't? What if I have to call it quits? What if I get my first DNF?
As for this leg pain...it was still there. Most of the 10 miles today. It wasn't that "stop me dead in my tracks kinda pain"...more like a "haha...this is what you get for being so lazy" kinda pain. I knew it was there, because it was constantly reminding me. I did transfer some of it to my hip and then my toes, and then back to me knee just to get some relief (I'm pretty good at convincing myself that the pain is somewhere totally different than it really is...I never knew about this little talent of mine until I started running though...). I also rigged up this handy ice packing situation, since it is at least a 30 minute drive home after I run on base and I am always concerned about waiting that long to ice up. So, I bought some of those Icy Hot Ice Packs (they are made to be put into some kind of a knee brace). At any rate, I crack them to release the cold stuff (technology is so fascinating) and then take an IT Band Band (I have no idea what those things are called) and strap the ice pack to my knee with the Band Band. And then I can drive with ice in place. Pretty cool, huh? Yeah, I thought so too.
So, I officially have some 2007 miles logged. I've got a 7 miler on Friday, and 12 miler on Sunday, 4 miles on Tuesday, and 3 on Thursday, and then the half on Saturday. I guess I don't believe in a taper....
I'm also going to incorporate some yoga (tomorrow and Monday) and Pilates (Tuesday) and see if I can get flexible again. I used to really love the release of a good yoga class and with my new found stress-outedness of starting grad school on Monday, I think I'm going to need to find that inner peace again. Or at least be able to bend over and touch my toes again :(
So, there you have it...the first miles of 2007...hopefully the pain I felt today won't be a predictor of how my year is going to be (I'm not superstitious like that anyway), but maybe it is a predictor that I need to get my lazy butt in gear...I mean, c'mon, I didn't just buy brand new Asics for nothing, right?
Hope everyone else is having a fabulous week of running too!
Oh, and there might be an RBF meet-up in my future (Sat or Sun)...will post details as they become available. I heart RBF meet-ups!!!