Three Things Thursday
|November 13, 2013||Posted by Carrie under injury, Running|
Squeee! Look at that… 3 days in a row of blogging. I must be making this all a priority right now –
Three Things Thursday
1. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. My ankle is feeling amazing. Pretty much zero pain since the cortisone injection 2 weeks ago! YAY!! However, a few other stupid aches have cropped up. I really need to stop slacking off on my stretching, I think that’s some of the problem. While I like my quick 30 minute morning workout, I hardly warm up and I never stretch when I’m done. I know – that’s awful. My 42 year old joints aren’t impressed either. I spent my entire workout time yesterday stretching and my achy knee is feeling better. I’m going to the chiropractor tomorrow for a little ART to loosen up some of the tightness I’m feeling (knee, feet, calf). And then there’s my toe – how stupid can I be? – I trimmed a nail too short last weekend and the shape of my toes is making it so that the too short nail is constantly rubbing on the toe next to it. OUCH! Last night I figured out how to separate them better. But, I essentially wore slippers to work yesterday and will probably wear them today too.
2. My son asked me if he could run our local Turkey Trot with me this year. Yay!! He thought about running with me last year, but chose to sleep in at the last minute (he did run with me in 2010). He’s in 5th grade and they do a lot of running in PE in preparation for the annual spring physical fitness test. I think their mile measurement is actually short, but lately he’s been turning in 9:15 – 9:30 mile times and he’s got it in his head to run on Turkey Day with me. While I’m super excited, we had to discuss pace – he seems to think he can do 10:00 miles for all 3 miles… However, I’m NO WHERE near able to keep that pace. My usual runs these days is a 2:00 run and a 30 second walk averaging about 11:30. He wants nothing to do with that. Wish us luck. I don’t mind letting him go ahead… but I don’t want to find him collapsed on the side of the road.
3. I went running at night on Tuesday. Dude has soccer practice in the evening and it’s a good time to get in a run. Lately I’ve been running with my pepper spray, although I usually keep it because of dogs, it helped me feel pretty confident during a run in the dark. The irony of listening to Another Mother Runner’s podcast about running safety during the run was not lost on me. I was running in my own, well lit neighborhood and I felt comfortable the whole time. I do think I should have brought a light, there were a few sidewalk sections that were kind of dark and I feared falling on my face more than anything. I’ve been scoping out the neighborhood lately and see lots of night time runners, so I’m glad I got out there. While I could have done laps around the field while he practiced, I know the footing would have been awful and I’m probably fall into a hole. So, I took to the sidewalk and completed almost 4 miles. Although I forgot to stop my Garmin when I was done and got in my car to get us some dinner. Runner fail. Who does that?
I’d love some advice on pacing my 10 1/2 year old that thinks he’s a speed demon yet only runs a mile at a time. Do you run in the dark? Are the evening hours less freaky than the early morning?