And in kind of working condition. Part of the restore that had to be done means that I don’t have any programs anymore so I need to find a copy of Microsoft Office (definitely NOT re-buying it and hemorrhaging more $$) and re-download a ton of stuff. But it could be worse. A lot worse. And my speakers don’t work, I get sound but only when I plug in headphones. Weird.
Anyway in some respects it’s been a good week to lose access to a computer: my homework has been light on the essays and math programing stuff (I’ve got problem sets and workbook stuff) and my running has been well…pretty much non-existent.
I’ve basically given up hope of really running between now and Marathon Monday. I guess I’m just too worried about all the possible “what-ifs”. I’m trying to trust myself (and you guys) that I’m not going to be a lazy slob come the 19th of April haha.
This week I only ran 3x. Sure I did get in upper 20s in terms of mileage (which my plan has the range of 30-50 for Week 2) but none of them were “quality”. I’ve nixed speedwork for so many weeks (it’s been 4) that I’m a bit afraid that my body doesn’t know what speedwork is anymore. Completely irrational I know but it’s taper time. Irrational supposedly defines it.
On Wednesday I wrote that I was going to try to get a run in on Thursday. Totally happened. Totally rocked. It felt good and fluid. Not wicked fast but not slow either. I was really happy with it and would have LOVED to go further but I was really time crunched. I hate it when that happens. Everything just clicked: the weather was sunny and warm (but not too hot) with a slight breeze and my body just felt good. I really wish I had the opportunity to go more BUT it’s taper time so it’s a blessing in disguise that I couldn’t.
Friday I attempted a run. Well I guess I completed the run. It just wasn’t as fun as Thursday. Nothing bad about it per se but I was so excited and inspired by how easy the day before felt that I think I had too high of expectations. Which made the “eh” run very disappointing. I also had PT on Friday and there was more inflammation in my left shin than I would have liked. So my PT did extra soft tissue work which felt amazing!
Because of the sub-par run and the inflammation I decided to skip running on Saturday. Kind of sucked because the weather Friday was iffy and Saturday was BEAUTIFUL out. I hit the gym for a spinning workout. This Saturday was the first Saturday in a VERY long time that I did not do a long run. It was sooooooo weird. Even though the spinning was more intense and speedwork-like I figured it was okay. I’ve nixed so many speed stuff lately that it felt good to be sweating a ton and feel so powerful. All the arc trainer leaves me feeling a little wimpy. Maybe it’s just the stereotype I associate with the girl at my school’s gym who I see on it. But spinning? Hardcore haha.
I’m actually enjoying the whole spinning (well is it technically still spinning if I’m on the upright bike?) that I think I might keep it in my routine in the future. Not as a weekly thing but every once in awhile thing. And I’ve only gotten 2 workouts from you guys. I KNOW that there are some way cool spin instructors here (plus the rest of you cool amazing people). *HintHint*. Plus I’m looking for ways to make the arc trainer/elliptical less boring too. And I also know that some of you guys XT wayyyy more than I’ve done in the past. I feel so whiny asking for this stuff over and over buttttttt please? Haha 😛
And on Sunday I went for an AWESOME short run. I kept it short because I was time crunched again but it felt like Thursday’s except it was faster. Much faster. But it didn’t feel that way. I highly suspect that it ‘s due to the fact that I ran in the late afternoon. I really like running in the mornings but my body responds better in the afternoon. Oh well. The only downside was that the food I had eaten prior was like a ROCK in my stomach. I just wanted to vomit the whole time (attractive, no?). I know it’s not the food I ate because this happens with a wide variety of food. Bummer. But it was still a great spectacular run.
Just an update on my toe because I think I left you hanging. It’s getting better. It’s still a little inflamed and I’m not sure what the deal-io is with that. I don’t have a fever, the redness is 97.6% gone, I’m doing warm soaks (which feel amazing) and I’m elevating my feet (that is: whenever I find time to sit down) My game plan is to finish my antibiotics (which as SO STRONG. Seriously. I don’t want to get into detail but let’s just say that when I go any where I need to make sure I know where the bathroom is) and if there’s still some swelling and stiffness (from the swelling) go into the health center and see what’s up. If I remember correctly, the last time this happened it took about 10 or so days total for everything to work out and it’s only been 6 so far. So I’m not worried, but I just wish the healing process took faster!
Also: not to let you think I’m all drugged up either: I only took that one percocet that I was forced to at the ER and haven’t taken any ibuprofen post-procedure. Holler for a high pain tolerance 🙂
Hmmm I had more to “say” but this is getting on the lengthy side and I feel like my sentences are really choppy hah. Hopefully I don’t go on this long of a blogging hiatus anytime soon. Although I will say that when I got my computer back I totally did not have the urge to fire it up and check my email and other various things. It’s really nice to not feel tethered to technology. I’m actually really hoping to not get that strong a sense of attachment back haha 😉