Good morning everyone!! I hope you had a FUN DAY MONDAY!! Mine? Well, it wasn’t necessarily the best, but I’m happier now that it’s Tuesday. SO, let me continue with TUESDAY NEWS DAY! Don’t ya love the themes?
Since “News Day” fits so cheerfully with Tuesday, I’m going to go ahead and skip past the fun of Monday because to be honest, there wasn’t much fun to go around. I do believe; however, in being kind and cheerful even when you’re not at your best, so I promise you that I smiled a few hundred times despite my (un)chipper(ish) mood. I do love life and appreciate everything that I have, so why not smile through the bad times, too, right?
If this picture gives you any indication of how my Monday went (and please feel free to use your imagination), then here ya go!! Yes, you do see ice packs galore!! Oh boy…
Yes, my Monday did start off like any other day, with a run (shocking, right?) and although the run was shorter and a lot easier than my normal day-to-day runs, I have to admit, I did not have a good time. In spite of the fact that the weather was a little bit warmer (which was nice) and despite the fact that my mind was a little less overwhelmed (with having to concentrate on pace and time), I had a very depressing run. I had a bad case of the aches…my right leg was throbbing so bad that I thought maybe I should stop. I was unsure why my knee, IT Band, and hip were all ganging up on me at one time (and on that one leg). I didn’t get it. My body had held up fabulously (well, at least up until this run), so WHY NOW???!!! WHY RIGHT BEFORE MY HALF-MARATHON???!!! As I continued my run (in some pain of course), I realized that my body had given me some small signs over the past few weeks that (I guess) I failed to acknowledge.
After my 11 mile run (averaging 7:36 min/mile) a few weeks ago, I felt like I needed to back off my legs a bit and give them the rest and recovery that they needed, but did I? I guess yes and no because although I did give my body some added rest and recovery (running wise), I overdid it with my other forms of cross-training. I also think that because I’m at the end of my half-marathon training program, my body is just plain tired, also my mind, so I’ve decided, instead of being upset, I’m going to ice down my right leg, roll it out, and most importantly, BE POSITIVE! It does feel better today, too.
HOW DO YOU FEEL AT THE END OF YOUR TRAINING PROGRAM?