Actually, there was a lot of empowerment for me this week and it came from all over. Some from within, which is always nice, but once again, I realized how much support I have around me. So in spite of a gray, wet, cold return to Chicago after a week in sunny Florida, I had a good week. It really was the perfect kickoff to training for my upcoming Grandma's Marathon in June.
If there were any low points this week, it was my running. I know you're thinking, really? But I'm all about keeping it real and it didn't get any more real than my 6 mile run on Thursday. In a word, it sucked. But I finished, and that was a win.
I was pretty frustrated with this run. It was hard. My back hurt. I stopped at mile 4 to regroup and give myself a pep talk. I was in no mood for a silly jumping pose or an inspirational yoga pose. I wanted to finish my planned run. I'm not a quitter. Never give up and all those mantras. I dug deep and I finished that run, with my last mile on that frontage road with an 8:42 m/m pace. Boom.
After Thursday's craptastic run, I was a little nervous for Saturday's run with Steph. On the other hand, I was excited to run with her again since life got in the way of our Saturday morning runs for the month of March. I rubbed a little Voltaren gel on my SI joint, said a little prayer, and off I went. Did my back hurt? Not bad. It reminded me that it was unhappy, but that was about it. Steph pushed me to run 6.2 and even thought I was late for work that morning, I enjoyed the company of my compañera. I also was grateful for the gift of this friend with whom I have so much in common, including our pace.
|Yes, that is the sun peeking out behind us!|
My back started talking to me on the final 3 miles. When my Garmin hit 9, I was still a mile from home. What to do? The old, pre-RA me would have run the last mile home. But the new, cautious me stopped to walk the rest of the way home. No need to tempt injury, right? Next week I have 11 to run. It's fine. The walk felt good. But no matter how I justified stopping, my heart and brain battled that one out for the entire walk home. Tell me this doesn't happen to you!!!
Weekly mileage: 25.5!
Month of March mileage: 93.74
Becky is still working on my marathon plan, but in the meantime, she worked on me. I did lunges, carioca box climbs, and other assorted glute-firing exercises. Becky also gave me the mother-of-all pep talks and when she told me to reset my PRs, she reset my thinking. I left feeling empowered and strong.
Wednesday's yoga class had a sub, Catherine, whose class I always enjoy. We worked on shoulder and hip openers, with supported forearm stand as the apex pose. After class, I figured, what the heck, and planted my arms in the soggy grass at the park to see if I could kick up and hold the pose. I did it! I was thrilled!
Off the road, I had some fun and uplifting experiences as well. Doctors' Day took place this week, and even though I'm a nurse practitioner, my workplace lumps us in with the doctors. I don't know how some of the doctors feel about that but it seems like no one knows what to do with us! The office planned a nice breakfast and made these plaques for all of us with adjectives from staff and families. I thought this was really nice. I hung mine on my office wall to make me smile, especially on a tough day. Stylish? Who me?
|My sister Lisa and me|
|Mike and Ron|
|Mike and me on Ron's rooftop deck. That's the beautiful Chicago skyline behind me! Oh, how I love this city.|
Usually, when I return home from vacation, I have those "post-vacation blues". Not this time! It was a great week. How about you? Did you have a good week? How were your runs? Did you hit your mileage goals for March? Ever have that heart/brain battle?
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