I’ve been absent from blogging for much of the past week. I’ve had a lot going on and unfortunately, blogging was the one thing that I sacrificed. So here’s a recap of what went down:
~ Sunday: 19-mile run
~ Monday: Spin and Core Class + Yoga Class
It was my first Dailey Method class in 2 weeks and it felt like I was starting all over again. As usual, the bar work was the most challenging for me, but it’s also my favorite because it’s the only place where I can do that kind of work. Going into the class my legs were still tight from Sunday’s run, but I think it helped to loosen them up because I felt pretty good going into the 8-miler that evening.
Since I ran all 19 miles on Sunday on pavement, I did the 8 miles at the track. Running on the softer surface does make a difference.
~ Wednesday: Spin Class:
I took a class from my favorite spin instructor who always pushes the class to our limits. However, knowing what workouts I had coming up later in the week, I elected to keep things at a moderate effort.
After Spin I had a 90-minute massage that was devoted entirely to my legs. Some serious knots were worked out in my quads, calves, IT band and hamstrings and I walked out feeling a thousand times better!
~ Thursday: 5-mile run + Dinner with friends visiting from out of town:
It was supposed to be an 8-mile run, but I only managed to run 5 of them. They were 5 more than I thought possible when I woke up that morning. I had a lot on my mind and I just couldn’t make myself get into it. Those 5 were a struggle, but I’m glad I did them.
That evening I got to meet up with The Chow’s, who were visiting from LA. We had dinner in the City at Butterfly.
Funny story about Butterfly –- I have been wanting to go there for my birthday dinner for the past FIVE years, and every year it is closed for a holiday party on my birthday weekend. I guess what’s what happens when your birthday is during the holidays.
We sat in a private booth that looked out to the Bay. The kids had a lot of room to move around and we had a huge table, which came in handy since we ordered practically everything on the menu!
I can attest to you that it was all very delish! The food was so tasty, the service was excellent and we had a wonderful time catching up. At the end of dinner Carter told them it was my birthday and I was treated to a crème brulee.
I’m not a crème brulee person, but damn, it was good!
~ Friday: Chiro Appt + SF Giants Home Opener
I deferred an early morning swim workout to see my chiropractor. I had a few achy areas that I wanted addressed before Saturday’s 21-miler. She worked (i.e., did ART) on my right hip, calves and left foot. It was painful (I was near tears) but as always, so very beneficial. This, along with the Wednesday massage, had me feeling almost like a new person.
After my drs appt I headed up to the City for the SF Giants home opener. I will have a whole post devoted to this that you can read shortly. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that I am a long-time, HUGE G’s fan, so it was a very emotional weekend for me.
~ Saturday: 21-Mile LSD + SF Giants Game
This was my “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds” week, a term I’m borrowing from a Daily Mile friend, that refers to a “Long Slow Distance” run. I like it because it makes a LSD sound not so daunting.
All week I had planned to repeat Sunday’s 19-miler and add on the additional 2 miles by looping to AT&T Park and back. I had planned to start mid-morning, then clean up and recuperate at the 24-Hour Fitness in the Embarcadero, before heading back to the park for the ballgame.
But I tossed and turned about it on Friday night and when I woke up, I decided that trying to manage the logistics of it all was causing me unnecessary stress. So I scratched that plan and decided to stay close to home.
I instead ran a 5-mile lagoon loop near my house 4 times (+1 miles). I know, it sounds like a nightmare, but really, it wasn’t. It’s mostly a pedestrian and bike path, so I didn’t have to worry about oncoming traffic, and there’s water fountains at each end of the loop where I refilled my water bottles. The scenery wasn't as nice as running along the Embarcadero and across the GGB, but it does run by a Little League Park so there were plenty of kids around to provide energy boosts. About an hour into the run the sun came out and the weather got really hot, so I ran home and quickly changed from a long-sleeved shirt to a short-sleeved one.
I forced myself to run a little slower than what my body normally feels like running, at least for the first half of the run. I picked up the pace a little after that. And while I was tired at the end, I didn’t feel like death, something I am very happy about.
Normally I would have parked myself on the couch for the rest of the day, but this time I only had a few hours to rest and recuperate before heading back up to the City for another SF Giants game, where the players received their World Series rings. I was stiff & slow moving, but it proved to be beneficial. Today I am not as sore as I expected I'd be, in fact, I feel quite normal, with the exception of my left foot which is, not surprisingly, still a little achy.
~ Sunday: Fat Dog Day
I was supposed to do the deferred swim workout this morning, and while I physically could have done it, I was just mentally fried after the long week, and I elected not to.
I ran a couple of errands in the morning, then did the deferred fat dogging by parking myself on the couch for the rest of the day. I normally would have felt guilty about being so lazy, but today I didn’t. At. All. I needed a day at home to rejuvenate myself so I can be ready for another busy week.
And hopefully, back to regular blogging!
The one thing I did manage to do was to make this Healthy Beef and Bean Enchiladas recipe. There's really no need for me to add any notes, because I followed it exactly as directed. And as usual, it was so good and easy to make. Give it a try!