Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I am in a MUCH better mood because I had a very successful run yesterday…. Finally! Boy did I ever need that! I didn’t realise how much my running performance dictates my mood and ego.
My week started off slow but thankfully gained momentum to become pretty awesome. On Monday I felt very glum about my incredibly defeating attempt at running the night before, so I walked/sulked around the mall for my entire lunch break. The night before I tried to go out for an easy 5k. 2k into the run my shins on both legs were hurting so much that I could barely manage to walk the rest of the route (3k) back home. I was still struggling with the cold/flu but really mentally NEEDED to run, so not being able to made me all gloomy and glum. I was pretty nasty to be around.
Tuesday was better – I had a good strength workout with my conditioning coach. I was still feeling pretty negative, and I think it was pretty frustrating for Mike to coach me. He has the patience of a saint! When I said I couldn’t do something, he made me crank out a few more reps at that weight, then dropped the weight for me to let me gain confidence in myself and my abilities. I think coaching is part pushing and encouraging clients and part letting them also feel confident and empowered in what they are doing. I came in an emotional wreck, and I left feeling like my body could do pretty much anything if I just gave it the time it needs to HEAL.
On Wednesday I began letting my shins, my illness and my spirit heal. I was really sore from Tuesday’s workout. I was originally planning on working through my lunch break to rest completely, but I needed to MOVE in order to get my blood circulating to remove the waste materials from Tuesday’s workout. So I allowed myself a break and went for a nice relaxing walk around the park near work. I listened to the birds tweet, felt the sunshine on me, and literally stopped to smell the flowers and inspect their beauty. That walk was my turning point. It taught me that I can still be reaching forward towards my goals if I allow myself time to recover – both physically and emotionally from the demands of training. While exercise can be a great stress reliever, it can also be a source of stress if you’re always trying to train too hard. I often forget to consider all the other stressors in my life – three kids, working a full time job, etc. Exercise is my stress reliever but over the past few months the heavy training had turned it into an additional stressor.
Thursday was another strength workout with my coach. We focused on glute strength. The workout was hard but left me only mildly sore afterwards.
I had to take Friday off of work in order to care for my middle daughter Brooke. She had managed to give herself mild whiplash whipping her hair out of her face at soccer the night before. She laid in her bed until 12:30 in the afternoon, and I stayed with her chatting and keeping her company. I then managed to break the pain/spasm cycle on her neck with some children’s advil and a heating pad. She was then able to sit up and tell me where to put things as I cleaned her room. We then went out to buy some flowers together to place by the pool. Did I mention that we got the pool opened on Wednesday? It’s officially summer!
I spent Saturday outside ALL day! I went to the girls field hockey practice, then mowed our monstrous yard, then sat in the backyard for an hour enjoying the pool. It wasn’t ready to swim in yet (still cloudy and cold), but even so just hearing the gurgle of the water was relaxing.
I’m sure the wine helped me feel relaxed too 🙂
Later that day we dropped the girls off at my parents place for their first ever sleepover at Oma & Opa’s! They had a lot of fun going to the park with my parents and having a nice meal on their patio. They even had a little birthday celebration for my oldest, Sierra as she will be 9 next week.
While the kids were at my parents place, hubby and I enjoyed the afternoon and evening together. He took me out for a nice cool drink:
Then we went shopping at Canadian Tire to check out their patio stuff. Our patio table and umbrella got broken, so we need a place to eat outside and some shade. We looked at the gazebos as one of those would be perfect for the grassy area next to our pool. Afterwards we came home and got dressed up for our date night – Horse Racing and a Buffet dinner at Mohawk Race Track. We had a lot of fun, and for some reason I only took pictures of my food, and none of the horses.
After our date I laid out my clothes for Sunday’s 10k race
Then on Sunday, after a week of rest (and emotional relaxation) I went and ran the Run with Women 10k with my bestie! We went with three other ladies and had a blast. I only managed to get pictures with my bestie though:
The race went well and I had a lot of fun! I’ll share more in a race recap tomorrow.
27 week total: 650k