WOW! I cannot believe how long it’s been since my last post! I went on a week-long vacation back home (it was completely delightful and I mostly laid by the pool) and today I had to head back to school. I cannot believe my summer is over! I must admit that in the course of going home and enjoying my last week of summer, I might have slightly failed at running.
I ran…just not as far and fast as normal! When I was home I had the privilege of running with my oldest sisters. For the first time in my life I actually out-ran them! I’m not bragging (ok I sort of am bragging) but it felt pretty good knowing I could finally at least keep up with my big sisters! On our first run I took them on this 5.5 mile run, which ended up being this crazy hill debacle, culminating with me getting lost and running in a giant circle. That’s what I get for ditching my sister who was the navigator! That week I also ran on the treadmill, ran a nice three miler and then went with my sister on this trail for 6 miles called the Oak Leaf Trail. It was this really nice trail that winds along Lake Michigan, through the woods and under the city. That sounds confusing, but the trail really does have all of those features!
When I got back to Omaha I ran a 5 mile run (pretty effortlessly I must say — I must have been having a good day!). Then I decided to be completely lazy and useless and didn’t run for four days. Eventually I tracked down my running partner and we decided to get back into our regimen. On Friday we were gracefully jogging along when all of the sudden my appendix ruptured! Ok that’s not what happened, it was a side-ache but it really hurt! Sadly it was only 2.5 miles into the run and I had to walk.
Last Saturday, my partner convinced me to go on an 8 mile run through the desert, with the sun blaring down on us. To prepare for the trip, I went shopping! I got a water bottle belt (pink of course), Smart-Wool socks (love them!! They are green!), a tank top (also green!) and another pair of hot pink socks (apparently they prevent blisters–I’ll report back on that). Anyway, I filled up my new water bottle belt, which I must say really weighed me down, and we started our journey. It wasn’t really through the desert, but it was so sunny and went on forever! My running partner ran two miles further than me (she’s such a trooper) but I headed home because I feared I might get sick if I kept going. Just as I was a block away and enjoying my cool down walk, I became aware that I was being followed….so guess who had to keep running (actually sprinting) to find my partner! Ladies, don’t run alone! The silver lining though is that adrenaline still works even after 8 miles.
On Sunday we decided to cross-train by going on a bike ride. It was quite the bike ride! We took the bikes to the gas station to get air in the tires, realized we forgot a little air pump thingy for the tires, went back to get it and then filled up the tires. Then I tried to get on my bike and it wouldn’t pedal. I realized the chain was derailed and so I got my hands good and greasy and fixed it up. Luckily my sisters and I had a tandem growing up that always derailed so I’ve had my fair share of experience fixing these things. I got back on the bike and all the sudden I felt out of control. I didn’t want to tell my partner that I thought I was going to crash into something and figured I felt funny because I hadn’t rode a bike in a year. A second later I really came close to crashing into a car and realized my back tire felt funny. I got off the bike and it was flat!!!! We hadn’t made it a single block away from our house 🙂 That was our cross-training for the day! When we got back we did P90X (I have no idea if that’s really what it’s called). We did the ab disc and I mostly held my breath through the entire 16 minute disc to try to make it to the end. I’m so sore today.
Since today was the first day back at school we got to use the gym again. It was so repulsively hot that we could only run 5 miles. To compensate we lifted weights, specifically targetting our legs. I haven’t lifted in a while and tonight I’ve been so hungry I could eat everything! My metabolism must be reved up. Also, I’m finally officially signed up for the half, which means less than 5 weeks till show time! Woohoo! Finally, I need to give a much deserved shout-out to my special guy who always reads my blog and tells me when I’ve made mistakes, and who I am proud to say, had his first run today!! Keep up the good work dear 🙂