28 March 2011
The weather was of course unpredictable. It was raining and also on the chilly side so I opted for shorts and my running jacket. I chose my Merrell Pace Gloves for shoes. I had not run farther than 6 miles in them so I was a little bit nervous, however my knee was starting to feel a bit sensitive and these shoes would be the best option for protecting it. They keep me on my toes with a quick, light step and my knee never bothers me after I wear them (or my VFF's for that matter). But still, running a half marathon in them was a bit risky- but in the end were a great choice. My calves are STILL sore today, but my knee feels fantastic. I will take sore muscles over a sore knee any day!
When I got home I decided to try taking an ice bath. So Tiffany, how did you like the ice bath you ask??? It was COLD (duh) but it was mostly terrible and I didn't like it at all. Until my legs were completely numb, at which point I finally stopped shrieking and relaxed for a few minutes. Then it felt ok, but I am not 100% convinced the benefit I got out of it was worth the ordeal. Somebody tell me that it is totally worth it and the next time it won't be so horrible...anybody? Actually, I would probably be happier if somebody told me they do nothing and I should never stick the lower half of my body in ice cold water willingly again.
Yesterday I went to the gym for some cross training. I swam for about 20 minutes, which somehow felt harder than running for 2 hours, then sat in the spa for a bit. I also went in the steam room to stretch my muscles out. Today I finally got my yoga fix in. We did a lot of deep stretching through the hips and quads which felt really good, and also a lot of plank/core work. Last week I ended up running 26 miles in 5 days. Now I just need to figure out how to do that all in one day instead!
I am also attempting a mini goal for the week- eat an entire bag of costco broccoli! I forget how much I love this vegetable...mostly because I am not a big fan of it raw and I am too lazy to steam it sometimes. But I got this fancy new rice cooker that also has a steamer basket to make my life easier. And my broccoli more delicious!