Here I was, thinking that I was going to have to make something up to have my run being exciting or not post today, when lo and behold something exciting happened.
Well not really truly exciting. But I fell.
Which is something more than a boring “I ran today. And slowly because I’m recovering and trying to enjoy just running”. In fact I almost fell during the middle miles as silly high school kids were getting off of a bus and I tried to dodge them and one of them tripped me.
Probably accidentally but it didn’t stop me from shooting the group a mean glare. But I was wearing my sunglasses so it likely went unnoticed. Heck they were high schoolers so everything goes unnoticed to them.
Which by the way can I say that they looked SO YOUNG. Gahhh does this mean I’m getting old?!
Anyway the REAL fall was at the end of my run and I wasn’t paying attention to where I was running. And I tripped over the uneven sidewalk (UGH New England and planting large trees with roots that breakup the pavement!) and completely hit the ground. But luckily I was a hardcore volleyball player in the past because all my vball training came out and I did the most perfect roll ever. So I came away relatively unscathed. I think there was only one cut that actually bled.
And the weather was pretty cold (39*) so I didn’t even feel a thing until I hopped into the shower. That didn’t stop me from utter a few of George Carlin’s “7 Words” during the actual falling of course. It felt like the fall was in slo-mo so I think I got all 7 out. The humidity was relatively high today too (91%) but because it was so cold it didn’t feel that bad at all.
Random mathy picture to break up a possibly boring post 🙂
Here’s what went down today for my running:
- 1st loop: 5.6 miles @ 9:14
- 2nd loop: 5.6 miles @ 8:56
- 3rd loop: 1.2 miles @ 8:19
- Total: 12.4 miles @ 9:00
Not too bad. I’m not thrilled with the overall pace (slower than the past two days) but the fact that I was able to pick up the pace and get down to 8:19 for the last loop is encouraging. Aside from my second run after the race on Monday I don’t think I’ve seen the low 8 paces yet post-race. A good thing. I’m recovering 🙂
That said, I’m still going to take it easy and NOT try to push pace. Let it happen naturally for the next week or two. Which I think will be hard because
A) the weather is truly turning colder (although I’m still pulling for an Indian Summer), meaning that I want to run FAST to warm the heck up (I refuse to break out the cold weather gear until it dips into the mid-20s!) and
B) I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Gosh I really am such a racer. The week after running a great race makes me really want to keep going HARD because racing well is such a high. It’ll be hard to keep me in check until marathon training starts up again. As Jess noted, my training right now is practically marathon training!
In other news…
I’m trying to cut down on my salt and caffeine intake. Regarding salt: I LOVE the stuff. I put it on EVERYTHING. Veggies, meats, oatmeal. You name it and I’ll put salt on it. I’ve been blessed with relatively low BP (typically 98/60) so I’ve never been worried nor has any doctor mentioned it. But I easily go through a salt shaker each week. That’s A LOT of salt.
So I’ve cut it out in terms of ADDING salt to things. No particular reason per say. I guess just to see if I could. And I’ve been successful. I’ve stopped adding it. But I’ve also gotten quite *light-headed* lately. Even when sitting down. I’m thinking the two are related so I’m likely going to start shaking the salt shaker again. Plus all my food tastes bland without it.
Regarding caffeine…well it’s been a FAIL. I’ve been drinking it despite my intentions of not. Oh well. It’s not the biggest deal ever as I’m already addicted so I think my goal will be to not increase my consumption as I get severe withdrawal going without. But so far that’s a fail as I’ve been drinking more coffee and, thus, more caffeine. And I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’m really starting to enjoy the taste of it.
WHO AM I?! hahahah. And with that I should head back into the clinic because I’m hanging out with a really cool doctor who is semi-taking me under his wing every time he volunteers (which is every week! Way cool!).
Enjoy your Thursdays (best day of the week!). I’m still giggling like a loon from my Tufts 10k race 8)