Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Workout Update

I didn't run the Boston Marathon on Monday, but I kind of felt like I did in the form of being exhausted from cheering for the athletes as I watched the live feed online.  I was so, so happy to see Meb Keflezighi win the men's race - his gratitude about being an American, about being able to run and race, combined with his genuine niceness is heartwarming.  Running buddy Julia and I both signed up for text alerts for Chris Field, who is the race director for our BCS Marathon, so we spent the day cheering him on as well.  

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I'm pleased to report that last Saturday's run went much better than the previous one, and I attribute it to getting there early and doing a quick walking warm up - as it turned out, Amy arrived at the same time Jeff and I did, so I grabbed her and off we went.  It was actually nice to catch up when we weren't running/panting, so there was that bonus as well.  We walked to the corner and back, which turned out to be nearly one mile.  A few minutes later everyone else had arrived and we all set off running...and I wasn't hurting during the run!  What a nice change!  Now, my heel/Achilles is still bothering me, but I've been stretching it like a madwoman and at least I managed to make it through a longish run without wanting to stop and cry.  Hurray for small favors!

All in all, we ran 3.7 miles, plus I walked nearly a mile.  Nice way to start out my Saturday.  Jeff behaved himself and only walked one mile, and his foot felt pretty good afterward.  I think by (finally) easing into this, he's going to be back to running with the group soon.

This week Jenny and I are continuing our walk/runs - yesterday we walked one mile, then ran 1.5, then walked another mile.  We're at the park enough that we see the regulars, like the woman riding her bike around the paths, and another woman training her adorable border collie puppy.  I'm really enjoying our routine!

P.S.  If you missed it, I snuck in a review/giveaway post for Insoles and Beyond yesterday...it's open to everyone!

11 comments:

  1. I totally missed Boston this year. I stopped reading blogs of the really bad ass runners that run something like that, besides we had a day off for Easter in Holland and I didn't watch the news. It wasn't till Tuesday that I found out who won.

    So happy to hear your runs went great this week. Seems that the walking warm up is really good for you.

    I saw the review and I was happy to see that even I could participate but I wouldn't use them so I'd better give someone else the opportunity to win. But it is really cool I could enter too.

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    1. Too funny that when I finally have an international giveaway, it isn't something you could use. I guess that's just the way, right? Oh well.

      Can't believe BOSTON wasn't all over your news like it was here! ;)

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  2. Fingers crossed that the healing continues for both of you...

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  3. I'm telling you, seeing Meb hit that finish line tape made me cry! So happy that such a genuinely nice guy - and American! - got the win.

    I agree that warmups really can help - that's actually a form of easing in to the run. I hope you and Jeff both get some healing and pain relief soon!

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    1. Yeah, tears were shed over here, too, when Meb won.

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  4. That's some serious mileage you're logging there! Between Jenny during the week, and your club on Saturday, what a nice routine you've got. You know how I love my routine : )

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    1. I'm the same - routines make me happy.

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  5. Hooray for small favors indeed! Yay!

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  6. Yippee for less pain! You probably already know this, but just in case here's a stretch that really helped with my messed up feet. Most people know the one where you stand on a step or curb and then drop your heals for a stretch up the back of the calf. I learned a variation that is the same thing but with bent knees. Stretches something else deeper in the calf and really helped my plantar fasciitis, etc.

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  7. Yay to figuring out the magic this week to have a good run! :-)

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