It is almost back to normal at the T household. T Junior’s nose has almost dried up. I’m crossing my fingers that neither Mr. T nor I get sick – especially ahead of my longest run ever: the Million Inch Run on Saturday.
I take a pre-natal vitamin (no, I’m not pregnant; I got the big Costco bottle when I was pregnant and I’ve been working through it now for more than two years) every morning with my breakfast. It has definitely helped this cold season (knocking on wood that I don’t jinx myself). And I hope it keeps working this week.
Despite the tenderness in my right foot, I plan on running the 15.78 miles on Saturday along the Interurban Trail. I talked a little with Heather (Almost Running) about it and told her I may have to walk a bit. She reminded me that walking is okay and that some people get their best times when they take 1-minute walk breaks every mile or so to let their body recover.
But I’m not a fan of stopping and starting, I have always had a hard time getting back to my pace, so I don’t know if that’s something I will be able to do. I don’t feel nervous about the run, though. The week feels normal and I’m happy about that!
Tuesday, I was scheduled for cross training, but I forgot my book and did not want to sit on the stationary bike without it. I switched cross with strength, which included a 1-mile warm-up on the treadmill.
In the Secret Gym, I set the treadmill at a 1 percent grade and started off with an 11-minute pace, but quickly stepped it up at the quarter-mile mark to 10:20. At the half-mile mark, I upped it again to a 9:40 pace. My mile ended at 10:33.
Next, I got out the BOSU ball that I’ve been wanting to try. I really wanted to take a picture of me on it because I thought it might be entertaining, but there was another woman in the Secret Gym. On the stairclimber behind me.
Too bad, I’m taking one anyway, and I snapped a quick shot with my phone. I wonder what she thought; maybe she didn’t notice at all.
I decided to do my free-weight lifts while standing on the BOSU in order to work my core at the same time. It wasn’t as hard to balance on the BOSU as I thought it would be. I plowed through my sets (3 each of 15 reps of biceps, overhead lifts and rowing lifts) since I was on my lunch hour and had limited time. I struggled again with the overhead lifts, but at least I got the same number of reps in this time. (Later, back at work, my arm shook as I lifted a spoonful of macaroni and cheese to my mouth.)
Next, I did 10 lunges with my right foot up on the BOSU. My leg was trembling. My left leg was worse – I barely made it through 10. I did two more sets of 15 on the floor before heading over to the big weight machine.
I haven’t been doing calf raises, but for some reason, I recently remembered that we used to do them when I was on the cross country team in high school. On the big machine, I moved the lift bar up to shoulder-height and set the weights at 10 pounds. I did 15.
I alternated with 25 crunches on an exercise ball (I cheated on Mr. Bouncy!). Then 15 more calf raises, 25 crunches, 15 calf raises, 25 crunches. Then I did 15 more calf raises with the weight set at 20 pounds.
Back at work, I told my co-worker, who was a track athlete in college and is very knowledgeable about weights and working out in general, about some pulling I was feeling in the front, inside part of my left calf. “Is it shin splints?”
She thinks it is, but we agreed that there’s not much you can do for those. Right?
I could be getting some pain there because of my new Super Feet insoles — I didn’t really give them a good break-in period, which The Pod told me to do. I figured they’d break in with that 3-miler I did on Saturday. Maybe they didn’t. I have to take Ibuprofin anyway for my foot, so that should help this problem, too. Sheesh. I don’t remember having all these little annoying aches and pains last year.
My left leg is feeling much better. I think it just needed to rest. I ran four days in a row, which I normally don’t do.
Today, I was looking forward to the stationary bike. I had an idea of something I wanted to try.
If you’ve read this blog for a while you know my emotionally abusive relationship with writing, and how I want to be an author yet somehow I can’t “find” enough time in the day to sit down and work on that dream. And, you might know how I have one idea after another and nothing seems to hold my interest past a couple of days. Not even NaNoWriMo could break this cycle.
Inspired by my SCBWI meeting Tuesday night, I brought my notebook with me to the Secret Gym. Since I can ride and read, why not ride and write?
Unfortunately, that didn’t last very long. I wrote one paragraph, but my knees kept bumping my pad of paper and I’m not sure I will be able to read what I scribbled across the page. I traded the notebook for the book club book that I am reading: The Book Thief.
Reading and riding works better, so I guess I’ll stick with that. Besides, the less stuff to lug around the better, right?
I rode for 10 miles in about 33 minutes and when I got off of the bike, I was wobbly. Drenched in sweat, I gathered my things and left feeling confident about myself, even about my body. But not my ability to multi-task.
Are you a multi-tasker? What else do you try to do while you work out? Bills? Catch up on American Idol? Got a crazy multi-tasking story to share?
-The only thing that’s making me nervous about Saturday’s Million Inch Run is that I wanted to wear a pink shirt because it will be the day before Valentine’s Day. The one I wanted to buy at Target is gone. I’ve checked three different locations. No long-sleeve pink Champion shirts. Lots of orange ones. But NO PINK! It may not matter after all because the forecast is calling for rain and wind on Saturday. Yippee. But what am I going to wear?!
-I have been doing some product testing and have some fun reviews coming up for: the Champion Body Balance Shirt, Body Glide,
Jelly Belly Sport Beans and three different flavors of Nuun. Yum!
-I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s “rest” because I am S-O-R-E.