The craziest thing happened to me on Memorial Day!
I. DID. NOT. WORK!
This may not sound like a big deal to most people as I am well aware that 99% of people not only do not have to work on Memorial Day but also get a 3 or 4 day weekend. Not me. I work in the hospitality industry where weekends and holidays are “perks” of the job.
Prior to this past Monday, I have worked every Memorial weekend and Memorial Day for at least the past 8 years. This year my super awesome boss decided to work on Memorial Day so I didn’t have to!!! Did I mention how awesome she is? Because of her I had the best Memorial Day ever!
I started my Memorial Day with a 4 mile run that turned into 5 miles. I was trying a new running route and underestimated the distance of the loop. I can ‘t say I minded the extra mile. I was just happy to be running pain-free. At the end of the run I was a hot sweaty smiling mess.
I spent the rest of my day with a few of my favorite people. Including this little guy.
I spent some time at the pool, ate some food, took Brennen to the park & splash pad and ate some more food. It was good times!
I couldn’t have asked for a better day!
How was your Memorial Day?
I would like nothing more than to sit on the beach and read a good book. But alas that is not my life most days.
However, I do try to read a little here and there when I can. Most of my reading happens just before I got to bed for the night as a way of unwinding and unplugging from my day.
Here is what I am currently reading.
And yes, it is actually a book not an e-book. Although, I do have a Kindle which I love but after Brennen got his hands on it, it no longer works.
So the book I am reading is called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I am about half way through it and I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. The book details the author’s decision to devote 12 months to her happiness project, which is basically a systematic approach at trying to live a happier and more fulfilling life by completing monthly resolutions. Coincidentally, the author also happens to have a blog about her happiness project which is also a fun read. Click here to check it out.
Have you read The Happiness Project? What did you think? If not, what book are you reading right now?
Can you believe that last time I blogged was May 9th??? What is wrong with me?
I guess it’s because I am not really training for anything right now plus work has been crazy busy and then both Brennen and I have been sick. Life happens!
You may remember that I was supposed to pace my friend in her first 5k race on Mother’s Day weekend. However, due to my Tough Mudder injuries and her lack of running because of my lack of running we decided to bow out of that race with the intention of selecting another 5k in the future where both of us felt more prepared. Luckily it doesn’t count as a DNS for me as I never registered for the race.
My next scheduled race is the Warrior Dash in July. Perhaps I will find a 5k to do sometime between now and then but I am not feeling the need to race like I normally do. Maybe it is because nothing can ever really compare to the Tough Mudder or maybe because I have been slightly bored with my weekly workout regimen. I think it might be time to mix it up a little. Maybe try a Zumba class?!?!
So what have you all been up to? Any ideas on how I can get out of my workout rut?
Well….. In all honesty I wear running shoes and heels and lots more! What can I say, I love shoes!
Currently I have four pairs of running shoes in my closet. Two pairs of Asics Gel-Cumulus and two pairs of Brooks Pure Cadence.
When I started becoming a more “serious” runner I was running in Nike’s. As my miles increased it became evident that the Nike’s I ran in were not right for me, so a stop at my local running me store landed me in a pair of Asics Gel-Cumulus 12. I ran in that model for well over a year before I became curious about running in a more minimalist shoe. That is when I took the plunge and bought a pair of Brooks Pure Cadence shoes. I loved how lightweight they were and how much more I could feel the surface I was running on compared to running in the Asics. However, I was too impatient to scale back my running and adjust to running in the Pure Cadence so eventually I stopped wearing them. BUT…. I have recently made the full transition to my Pure Cadence shoes and I just love them.
And although I love my Brooks shoes, that doesn’t stop me from ogling and lusting over other running shoes. The ones that have been piquing my interest lately are Newton running shoes. They are very different from other running shoes as they have more cushioning in the forefront of the shoe to help promote landing on the forefront of your foot as opposed to your heel. And they come in super awesome bright colors! I love a brightly colored running shoe. Who wants to blend in with the crowd?
Aren’t these awesome looking?
Check out this recent article from Runner’s World to learn more about the Newton running shoes!
So what’s stopping me from trying out a pair of Newton’s??? The hefty price tag. The ones pictured above are $155!
Have your tried out a pair of Newton running shoes? If so, what do you think? If not, what are your favorite pair of running shoes?
I will be the first to admit that I am stubborn.
I can’t take all of the credit for it though, I got it from my Dad. My Dad gave me his love of country music, his competitive spirit, his athleticism and his stubbornness. You gotta take the bad with the good right? And in all honesty being stubborn is a bit of a family tradition. EVERYONE on my Dad’s side of the family is stubborn. You should see us when we all get together!
In honor of being stubborn, I should confess that I may have “injured” myself at the Tough Mudder. I say “injured” because I can’t pinpoint what or when exactly it happened but I know that ever since the Tough Mudder my back and my left knee have been hurting. Hurting to the point that it brought me to tears during a run last week. Common sense would say to back off from running and give my body a rest. And if it were you asking me for advice, I would tell you just that, let you body recover. But I don’t like to rest. I like to run. And when I am being told I can’t run, even if it is by my own body, I am determined to run even more. For me running is more than exercise, it is the one thing that I can do that keeps me mentally strong. No other form of exercise has that same effect on me. I NEED to run.
In retrospect, running my impromptu half marathon just a couple weeks before the Tough Mudder was probably not the greatest of ideas. I had no taper week before the half and no rest week after the half. I was after all, training for the Tough Mudder. Perhaps that is what did me in. But I got a PR!!!!
I ran again this past Sunday. A short and easy 3 miler. The first half was pain free but the second half was mildly painful. And then when I woke up the next day I was in full fledged pain again. And of course I tried to run, but only made it a half mile before I gave up and jumped onto the elliptical. Being a runner who all of a sudden can’t run is very demoralizing. Ugh! So I finally caved. I have not ran since Monday. I have done other types of workouts that are low impact. But not running. I’ve also been doing lots of icing, stretching, taping and foam rolling.
I’m crossing every body part that I have that I can get back to some sort of a normal running routine next week. Hopefully the running Gods will be smiling on me again very soon! As a side note, I feel very badly for the people that have had to endure my crankiness for the past week or so. I promise I will be back to normal as soon as I can run again!
How do you cope with not being able to run?