This weekend was exactly what I needed after an incredibly hectic month.
Saturday morning, I woke up around 7 and dabbled on the internet mindlessly for a solid 2 hours, which is such a luxury.
Catching up on the inter-webs, accompanied by pre-run breakfast:
So, this weekend was my first “long-run” post-injury: 8-miles. Now, I used to bang out 8 miles on any given Tuesday morning, no big deal. But, there’s nothing like a double stress fracture to snap you right back down into reality. To be truthful, every run I’ve gone on since coming back has been somewhat of a struggle and not really enjoyable. They’ve gotten progressively better, but I’ve still felt pretty awkward and uncomfortable. I was beginning to worry if running would ever feel good again. And then I had Saturday’s run:
Finally. Running felt natural again. No, I wasn’t super speedy. No crazy hills or intervals. But, I have to say, I was pretty proud of this run. I tried to remain cautious with each passing mile, and attempted to keep a steady pace of around 8:30 – 8:40 for the first half. This pace felt normal. I kept telling myself that if I maintained this pace to mile 6 (which was the farthest I had run before this), I could slow down to 9’s if I needed to. But when I did reach 6, I still felt great, and knew I could maintain this pace for the rest.
I stretched for a solid 30 minutes when I got home (that’s right, 30 minutes boo-yea) and re-hydrated with some Nuun.
And re-fueled with a massive salad, while catching up on reality TV (also a fine luxury).
(Greens, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, carrots, grilled chicken, avocado, tomatoes, peppers, celery, hummus, etc.)
Saturday night Joe and I went out for low-key burgers and beers. An ideal Saturday night.
Sunday morning, I decided to take myself on an adventure. I wanted to try a hot yoga studio just outside of Philadelphia, Dana Hot Yoga. Google maps said it was approximately 7 miles from my house, so I printed a map and ventured out on my bike! 7 mile bike ride + 90-minute vinyasa class + 7 mile bike ride = hot yoga sandwich. The class was equally challenging and relaxing, just what the legs ordered. Not as intense as Bikram, but still a quality workout.
Finally feeling re-charged and back to normal.
Q: How do you re-charge? What does your ideal weekend look like?
PS: Philly Residents! Come check out Philadelphia Runner’s Fall Race Preview event tomorrow night (Wednesday 8/22) from 5 – 7 PM to learn about some exiting upcoming fall races! Also – Girls on the Run Philadelphia will be hosting a table - stop by to learn more about how we are bringing GOTR to Philly this Spring 2013! There will also be lots of exciting raffles including a NaturaStride Gift Basket - Click here to RSVP!