Monday, February 12, 2007

Note to Self

Self: next time you run 11 miles at 5K pace, remember to ice down afterward. Remember to treat yourself like you ran a half-mary at race pace instead of like you just ran 5K in base-training mode.

Oy, I am still sore from that excursion! There was one notable downhill stretch where my quads were pounding and I thought to myself, "Self, that's going to hurt later!" And, yes, Self, you were correct -- it hurt like nobody's business later that night.

I have to say, though, that I did tear myself away from Monday night TV for 25 minutes and did a very, very, very slow 1.8 miles on Miz T last night to preserve my participation in the "Run every day in February" challenge. Go me! It was very slow, and for most of it, my arms were achy, and I felt a little off-balance. But what was important to me at the time was not the speed, but just that I got at least a good 20 minutes of actual running done. And I did that.

today is the last swim lesson of the pack for me, and the big goal is to get all the way across the pool using the front crawl stroke, without a kickboard, and without freaking out when I cross the blue line into the "deep" end. If I can accomplish that, I'll feel like it was worth it. Heck, even if I don't quite make it, I know I'm a better swimmer than I was three weeks ago, and I can only improve from here on out.

Oh, and speaking of Monday night TV, did anyone else see Barney on "How I Met Your Mother" last night? Hilarious! I couldn't breathe I was laughing so hard!


TriBoomer said...

Yeah, you have to pamper yourself after a race or hard training day no matter the distance.

When you cross the blue line think to yourself, "Ha! (in your best James Brown voice) take that blue line."

Stay tuned...

Vickie said...

Yes, I saw that episode. Isn't that how we all feel after?? Great running you're getting in! I felt that bad after my 5k the other day and I figure I did my icing during the run!

From Here to There said...

Good for you to be able to run that distance at 5k pace! And to keep your streak going. Fabulous!!

I bet you did just great in swim class. I used to sometimes freak crossing to the deep end too, but I can tread water like there's no tomorrow, so that would calm me down a wee bit.