Let’s do a little confessional Friday. Have a little chat, shall we?
1. Workout. we always begin with the workout. are you ready? I’m back. today. back in the running game.
outfit of choice – lululemon skirt and cool racerback top (I threw the black patagonia on right after the momentous run), mizuno precision sneaks, wonderful. cep compression socks. will be accompanying me frequently. the mile long legs are complementary.
it’s just plain exciting. aren’t you excited? I kind of felt like a newborn baby runner. amazing what 12 days off will do. besides deplete you of all speed and endurance you feel like you once had. it will also make you feel really good that you took that rest time and everything that got lost in the rest is ok. I kind of feel like I am starting over a little bit. after almost 2 weeks off. and a whole lot of time off before that. and I guess that’s kind of what I wanted. and needed. reset button. so I declared today as my first day back instead of Sunday. I have the power to do that. well, kind of. I took a solid 12 days off (not counting the little Sunday 3 miler. shhhhh) the weather was perfect. I had to do it. I had no choice. really, it made me really really happy. so happy that I’m even playing the smart runner and NOT running tomorrow. but don’t hold me to that. so happy that I let my daughter stay up half an hour later to play checkers and tic tac toe with me. that’s big. mom of the year award over here. mini confession: she totally beat me. fair and square. I wasn’t even letting her take my pieces. she’s good.
2. The Garmin. I stated that I was not going to take it with me on any run for the next couple weeks so that I could just take it easy and not ‘race’ myself, like I generally do. I confess. I had garmin in hand today. I would have taken it with me if it was not dead. bad runner. I have no resolve or self control when it comes to that silly watch. let’s just leave it dead for awhile. I’m not going to charge it. then I don’t have to make the decision not to bring it.
3. The pace. might have been a little faster than a return to running pace was prescribed to me. by coach. I wore a regular watch and looked at it when I started and when I ended. 5 miles. 37 minutes. 7:24. not terrible. It was comfortable. I could have held it for a bit. It was not hard, but it wasn’t super easy. very very strange. that was a fairly EASY pace back in the day of two months ago. I have a LOT of work to do.
4. My kids made this mess.
looks like a small bloodbath happened. scary. no children or animals were harmed. fear not.
ok, if this is true confessions, that’s not true. I did this mess. and it’s there to stay. this did not make me happy. It’s slightly annoying to have to take all of these things prescribed by the naturopath. It’s more annoying to be opening the iodine prescribed for my thyroid and drop the entire little bottle all over the cabinets. iodine stains. immediately. and with anger. I’ve been wanting to redecorate. I think it’s a good look. so if you are in the unfortunate situation to be taking iodine, take care not to throw it all over your kitchen. speaking of naturopath, another mini confession: I have been eating chocolate after dinner. a small amount. that was a no no. working on it.
5. I like to celebrate the little things. ok. confession. I don’t really. I’d really rather not plan birthday parties and celebratory events. I might be saying that to justify my plans to hit up lululemon tomorrow. because there happen to be two perfectly suitable celebrations for which to shop at lulu – mother’s day and my return to running. they both are deserving of some celebratory purchase for sure.
6. I got a sitter for a saturday. so that I could go to Lululemon get mother’s day presents. because I do things last minute. all the time. this is very out of character and weird for me to do on a Saturday. I’ve never gotten a sitter during the day. but the hubs is going to be occupado all day and that leaves me with three little kids from 5am – because it’s my morning to get up with the little early riser – until bed time. this requires some reinforcement. for the sanity of mama and the precious children. I know a few hours of child free errands at the end of the week will make the day go a lot smoother for all parties. there comes a point where I just can not handle one. more. errand. dragging the kids in and out of the car. it gets exhausting sometimes. so as out of character as it may be – it is necessary tomorrow. as mentioned, I’m going to try to keep my good runner hat on and not run when I have a sitter at my fingertips. take it nice and slow there with the running, champ. pretty sure the lululemon mother’s day shopping will suck up all of my sitter time.
7. I was very close to stealing my nana’s gift that I got her for mother’s day. and she doesn’t even know it’s her gift. now she does.
I’m so sneaky. nana, I apologize. there is something terribly wrong about stealing from your grandmother, a little sweet gift that you haven’t even given her yet. but there are three of them. and they have been sitting in my fridge all day. surely she wouldn’t miss a nibble. I resisted. if that’s not will power, I do not know what is. I will confess that multiple times I had to put them down and walk away from the fridge. there. I feel better. and there are no little nibbles missing. promise. but if you are reading this nana, you may want to come get them asap tomorrow. I can’t promise they will survive another day.
8. I love CEP compression socks, but these ones are my second skin as of late.
sit and spin anyone? it’s a fabulous little toy. and our makeshift gymnastics mat. suitable for handstands, backbends and cartwheels for the tiniest of gymnasts.
I bought these Pro Compression socks before my Gansett marathon in mid April. They make me feel like my legs are wrapped in a little piece of heaven. blissful. magical. I think I saw unicorns or rainbows or fairies or something buzzing around them. they are that magical. I have some pretty harsh veins going on in my calfs. I blame pregnancy, but that can’t really be verified. “they” tell me it’s more genetics. I tell “them” it’s not fair. “they” don’t care and I’m stuck with them because “insurance” doesn’t cover “those” procedures and “they” are expensive. I like using ” “. Off on a tangent I go – back now…anyway, they, being the socks, help with that vein discomfort and they help with spastic shins after a run. and they snuggle my feet very nicely. the whole package. I like to wear my own socks running, so I tend to wear the calf sleeves running and these babies at home. but I think I should give these a try for a run sometime soon.
9. I am watching THE VOW right now. no further comment.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mamas out there!!!
What fun will everyone be having this weekend?
What running will everyone be having this weekend?
Happy to say that I will be running too! yippee.