I started my week feeling pretty blah about running, and highly unmotivated to do anything fitness wise. I did a lot of walking which helped me finish a good audiobook (The Spare Room, by Andrea Bartz) and gave me my much needed dose of the great outdoors. I started wondering if cycling was helping me, or preventing me from healing. As the week progressed, I found some inspiration and my mood has changed. 59 miles of biking, 11 miles of walking… a few miles of running!
Mon – 1.5 miles walking, at the Dave’s Running Metropark Monday event. We went to the monthly cookout for the summer running group. There were so many delicious foods! Here is proof – I’m in two shots… caught going up for seconds (or was it thirds?)! Haha!!! Even though I’m not running right now, it was good to see my running friends.
Tues – 23 miles biking done before work today. The corn is doing great around here!
We went to see the new Indiana Jones movie. It was good. Next up for the girls will probably be the Barbie movie. That looked pretty funny.
Weds – I tried to run again, in order to see my pain level. I could only run for maybe 10 seconds before the hip weakness turned into glute pain. I tried a few times and got up to 30 seconds of running before I had to stop. Ugh. I had a doctor’s appointment that didn’t end with much success. I got an x ray, and everything looked good. He referred me to a specialist who works more with manipulating hips. That will happen next week. It did sound promising though! It’s gotten to the point that my Garmin can’t even rate me because I haven’t had any running activities lately!
The disappointing topic was my newly recognized Tinnitus. I’ve had a buzzing sound in my ears (actually it’s kind of in my head!) for a while now, but I always thought it was the sound from something else, like LED lights. Apparently nothing really fixes Tinnitus, so it’s best to just mask the buzzing noise I constantly hear with white noise/music. Bummer.
Thurs – I got to go on a morning park walk with my son (2 miles) and an evening walk with my best friend (3.5 miles).. We had so much to catch up on!
Fri – Lots of biking. I started my morning with a 25 mile bike ride. It was foggy and a bit magical looking outside.
When I put my bike away I saw my bike rack and had a great idea to go mountain biking at the DTE Foundation Trail! We were going to go there a few weeks ago but didn’t, so today was the day. It was soooooo humid. This is a hilly single track bike path. It took me the same amount of time to bike these 11 miles as it did to ride 25 miles on my road bike this morning! The new strawberry Frostys from Wendy’s sure hit the spot on the drive home.
Sat – 1 mile. YES, I “ran”! It was time to test things out again, and to my surprise, I did not feel awful by the time I got to the next mailbox on my street! In fact, I got to the end of my street and I felt pretty good! I didn’t want to jinx anything, so I decided I should just do run/walk intervals. I could have went farther than 1 mile, but no need to push it. This gave me great hope!
Sun – 2 miles run/walk. Once again, I’m super nervous about running, so I ventured out for 2 miles. Both exciting, and exhausting. I took regular walk intervals just to make sure I wasn’t over doing it. Things are feeling a little suspicious, but no red flags and feeling like I’m crippling myself so that’s another win on my long journey to the Chicago marathon. The rest of the day was spent at Cedar Point, enjoying the rollercoasters 🙂
Finally, we will be saying goodbye to Nami on Monday. She is heading back to the shelter and then on to her forever home. I’m sure she will find a new family quick! She is such a cutie… but what a little tiger! She chased me all the way up the stairs to attack me!! One good reason she is leaving – we are heading on vacation this week. I’m very excited. It will be a lot of hiking (shocker!) and visiting the national parks in Washington. A fun getaway with my kids, who will both be heading to college shortly (waaa!).
Q: Strawberry Frostys? Yay or Nah??
I prefer chocolate, but on a hot day, I would not turn one down!
Q: Anyone else deal with Tinnitus?