So what did I do this past weekend? Well, it was a weekend much like any other (which is a GOOD thing in my world!) but may not be that exciting for you to read.
Friday night – After a day of telework and HR follies, ended the week with my standard “Chinese” (steamed chicken and mixed veggie) dinner and a couple DVR’d shows before settling down with some books, my frozen banana chunks with nut butter and some yummy Arctic Zero.
Saturday – Rise and (sorta) shine. R quad/adductor still bothering me, so did 15 min of e-stim on it before my walking warmup and drills. As usual, Saturday morning is dedicated to my long run (pre, during and post). Got 21 miles, though at a slower pace than I’d wanted/planned. Listened to episodes of MarathonTalk, Runners Connect, and UltraRunnerPodcast. Did my Myrtls and 30 min on the bike with recovery drink before making myself eat. Only salty stuff tasted good (other food even tasted “wrong”). Hung out online for a while before heading to the porch to read Marathon & Beyond and getting cleaned up for our Saturday takeout dinner of pulled BBQ chicken. Watched more TV/DVD shows, snacked and read. Was asleep by about 10.
Sunday – Woke up around 6, lazed in bed till 6:45 (this is the day I “sleep in”). Got up and puttered some in the kitchen (dealing with dishes, doing some food prep) while my tea brewed. Did my warmups and then did a 7.25 ez pace run. Felt pretty decent after yesterday’s long run, not that I wasn’t sore in some areas, but nothing new, unreasonable or unmanageable. Yay! Post breakfast (bacon!), DH grilled so I did veggie prep and portioning, and did my food prep for being back in the office Monday (after a week of telework, so lucky). Tonight we’ll have leftover BBQ and watch more TV, then read and hit the sack for another busy work week!
So what was new this weekend? Two things….
1) My first Thai massage on Sunday – recommended by my regular sports massage person as she knows I’m not quite as stretchy and bendy as I might be. It’s kind of a cross between massage and yoga, except the massage therapist does all the work, positioning your limbs, manipulating and massaging. It’s not quite as massage-y or stretch-y as I would have expected, but it was pleasant enough, and having someone kneel on your glute mins is an interesting experience! Hope it helps loosen them up a bit. Not sure I’ll try it again, but not sure I won’t.
2) Flu shot! When I stopped by the local pharmacy this week, they told me the flu shot was in stock. This particular Rite-Aid pharmacy usually offers it before anyone else (even ahead of last year by a week). Since the vaccine can occasionally make me feel “off” for a couple of days (not every year, but enough so that I am cautious), I usually do it on a Saturday or Sunday AFTER my long run is safely completed. I get mine earlier than anyone I know because I don’t want my training or racing disturbed by either side effects of the shot or by getting sick. It takes about two weeks to hit its peak of effectiveness in your system, so I’ll be prepared by the time back-to-school germs start floating around work again. If you’re training for a fall race, especially one that involves travel, get your shot ASAP.
What happened in your world this weekend? Racing, training, other good stuff? Share in the comments and make sure to visit some of the other bloggers linking up with Tara.