Couldn’t have started the New Year off any better way than a run on the trails with my training group! The trails were Goldilocks…you know not too muddy, not to frozen…just right! So was the weather, well as nice as you can get in the winter. I went out ready to do this and then BAM!
I did it again. This time, I fell a lot harder and ripped my favorite Mizuno Tights (review on these coming soon). I was SO ticked off about ruining my tights! Those babies aren’t cheap! My hamstrings were so tired from doing dead lifts the day before, that my feet were dragging. I felt like I was in the verge of a “Charlie Horse” the whole time I was running. Funny thing…I don’t think I had time to let out my girly EEEE…just a big ol’ thud.
Anyway, I had to cut my run short (only ended up with 4 miles) in order to get home and get ready to go to my mother’s for New Year’s Day lunch and I think it’s a good thing that I did. While I was able to make it to my car, I could barely get out of my car when I got home. Guess the adrenaline from running kept the pain at bay. By the time I showered and got to my mom’s I was crippled. I was also really bummed that I missed out on the after-run-celebratory-mimosa’s…kinda made me feel like that kid that was picked last in gym class and everyone was having a good time, but I was just sitting there sulking and no body wanted to hang with me. Seriously, the feelings were unfounded. I just wanted to keep running and hang out with the group.
A day later and my husband is still calling me hop-a-long. I know there’s nothing seriously wrong with it, but my leg, ankle, and knee are badly bruised and swollen and I still have a limp. My mom insisted that I put this stinky Chinese patch on one of my lumps. Did it give me relief? I don’t think so, but I can tell you that I stunk to high heavens all day and night!
Two spills in two runs is enough to bruise anyone’s ego and question their abilities. Am I there? Totally. Look, I know I can do this…I have no doubt, but honestly, I thought I would be better at it. Nothing like a branch and a rock to serve you up a couple of slices of humble pie. I need to get myself together to make it all come together.
One of my goals for 2014 is to eat clean. What does that mean?!?! I seem to find different interpretations of eating clean ranging from eating nothing processed to only eating raw. I don’t know. It’s something that I’ll have to educate myself with. Right now, I’m taking baby steps. First, I’m getting rid of sugar…at least I’m trying. I did have a piece of cheesecake at my mom’s house on New Years day after my tumble on the trail. Hey…aren’t you supposed to eat something yummy to make the boo-boo feel better?
Anyway, on my quest to eat clean, I figured I’d try to make some real food for trail runs…and I don’t mean peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about my rice and eggs concoction. When my family was visiting from Taiwan over the summer, they cooked up rice, eggs, and meat, stuffed it into a baggie and ate it right out of the bag when we went out on day trips. The American food was too greasy for them, so this is how they managed. You can’t get more real than that. No preservatives, added chemicals, etc. Just rice, eggs, and meat and you have your easily digestible carbs and protein. So I thought I’d try it on my first trail run but I left it in the car and ended up eating it as a recovery snack. When I took it with me last week on an actual run, I was able to try it. While the nutrition was right, it was not convenient. I think this is something that I will pack as a quick recovery snack to eat while I drive home.
At one point, I got to talking with Troy about endurance training without food. He’s been reading “The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing” and I’m fascinated about the philosophy behind this training. I will be looking into this further.
This morning I was unable to run…I could barely walk, so I went to the gym and did some upper body work. Tomorrow will be a complete rest day or me. The snow storm that’s happening now will keep me from getting to the gym and I don’t think my leg is stable enough to run. Besides, Saturday is a 3.5 hour run (17-19) miles. I MUST rest up to finish the entire run.
It’s tough trying to make it all come together, the training runs, the nutrition, the strength training, but I need to figure out how to make it happen. It’s going to be a test of my patience and my determination.