A Little Bit of Running and A Whole Lot of Baseball Weekend

You know its a great weekend when the Giants sweep the Dodgers, and I was lucky to go to the first 2 games. But before that, I had my second visit with my chiropractor on Friday afternoon. She adjusted my back, hips and neck; then did muscle work on my hips, glutes and psoas. This time she also adjusted and worked on my ankle to try to help ease some of the lower leg pain. As soon as the appointment was done, I headed straight to the ballpark for Orange Friday!

The Giants always seem to play well on Orange Friday’s and this time was no exception.

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Fri

It was beach towel giveaway night and I sported my new Buster Posey “He Ain’t Having It” T-shirt, that I made based upon this:

Giants won 6-5 and I had a great time with my “OG Tweeps.” :)

Saturday we were all back for Round 2. Before the game there was a Wall of Fame ceremony to honor Rich Aurilia and Shawn Estes who played for the Giants in the late 90’s, early 2000’s. Those were the years of my favorite Giants teams so I was excited to be there for it!

Wall of Fame Ceremony
Wall of Fame Ceremony

The game was a nail-biter, scoreless until late innings. We were harassed during the entire game by delusional LA fans. I’m all for cheering for your team, but if you’re in someone else’s park, be respectful, not rude and obstinate. And for goodness sakes, have good baseball knowledge. It was so sweet when Pat Burrell hit the go ahead run in the bottom of the 8th to put us up 2-1; and we won the game!

After the game we got to go to the season ticket holder’s Picnic in the Park and roam the field, have free food and drinks, and meet the players.

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weekend1
Running to 1st Base!
Running to 1st Base!

My impersonation of running to first base! :)

I had 15-miles scheduled for Sunday, and although I got 7+ hours of sleep, I still woke up dead tired. I guess sitting in the sun for 8 hours, and being on my feet for 4 of them will do that to you. Miraculously, I dragged myself out the door by 7:30 am.

I didn’t have it in me mentally to map out a 15-mile route, so I decided to run my usual 5-mile route 3 times. I would never do this under normal circumstances, but since I had been hurting lately, this kept me relatively close to home in case anything happened. Just being cautious.

While I do not like to repeat any part of a route, this wasn’t bad at all. It obviously broke the run down into 3 parts which, in my head, kept it very doable.

My chiropractor had wanted me to run long this weekend to track if and when numbness in my feet occurred. I first felt it at .37 miles and oy lasted for about a mile. I was feeling ok until 3.75 miles. At that point my achilles started hurting so I stopped to stretched. As I did, my right glute spasmed (like a charlie horse). As I walked around, trying to stretch it out, I looked down and saw this written in the cement. Seriously, no joke...ironic, ain’t it?

Achilles
Achilles

After a few deep breaths, I continued on. The foot numbness returned in Miles 4, 6 and 8 and stayed for about a mile. I didn’t notice it anytime after that. By the time I started the 3rd time around the loop, I was feeling pretty tired and just wanted it to be over. But somewhere around Mile 11 I got a second wind (probably due to the Hammer gel I ate during Mile 10). All of a sudden I realized that I was running pain-free! I finished the last 4 miles feeling pretty good!

The rest of day was spent icing, stretching, rolling and resting (because I did feel sore afterward), then watching the Giants close out the series with a sweep of LA!

A perfect ending to a great weekend!