Friday, August 24, 2012

Slowly Getting in the Groove

Now that the first full week of school is behind us (well, my kids anyway) - I'm slowly finding my groove.  There still is some lingering procrastination.  I'm certainly not cranking out monster workouts and workloads, but doing better.  Tuesday and Wednesday were "rest days" though I should have drug my butt out for a walk or something.  Way too much couch time in there. 

Thursday I met Susan pretty early for a nice long (slowish) run on the Katy Trail with a lot of walking/chatting mixed in.  We did over 7 miles and it really didn't feel like it.  I had a little soreness on the outside of my left knee.  The morning was relatively cool and there is a ton of shade on that part of the trail even as the sun started to warm things up.  I also took my Nathan handheld with me so I could sip on that.  I finished it and then drank another bottle that I left in the car on the way home.

This morning I headed up to the surveyor's office and got some sewer plans ready to submit only to realize I left the briefcase with my rubber stamp seal at home.  Ooops.  So I worked on some other projects.  Felt like a lot of stuff was hurry up and wait.  I puttered around until after three and then swung by Walts Bike Shop as I had an email that they had a back-to-school sale.  I only found one item that I almost bought, but decided against it. 

Then headed to the ARC to finally get in a little pool time.  I've been a major pool slacker so I was prepared for the workout to suck.  I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't too much.  I only did 30 minutes and I can feel it in my arms and shoulders so that was probably just about right.  I'm guessing 800-1000 yards though I didn't keep count. 

Still doing a lot of waffling about another triathlon in September.  I'm starting to lean towards wimping out.  I almost registered tonight for one in Kirksville in two weeks, but my husband kind of talked me out of it because it is pretty long (about half way between a sprint and olympic - 0.75/18/5).  It is a small race and somewhat close to me (about 2 hours drive - though probably just far enough to need to rent a room so I didn't have to leave middle of the night).  I think that adds to the hubbie's desire for me to bag this option.  I'd probably come in close to last looking at last year's times.  Maybe I just need to focus on improving my awful running and do some 5k/10k stuff this fall and work towards getting my act in gear for some longer races next year. 

Tomorrow morning is the Heart 5K again.  I convinced my daughter to do the walk with grandma instead of dragging her on the 5K this year.  She really didn't slow me down that much last year as the hilly course was doing just fine kicking my ass, but it will be interesting to see how much better I can do.  Better get to bed.  Need to get up on the early side.


  1. Have fun at your race! If the outside of your knee is hurting, look up IT band stretches and do the one where you cross one foot over the other and lean away from the knee that hurts. Worked for me.

  2. Just because you decide to not do a race doesn't mean you wimp out. Have fun at the 5k!

  3. Yeah, I agree with the RockStar. If you don't feel "all in" then you won't enjoy it. As recreational athletes it is about having fun. Competing is secondary. Btw, enjoy your 5k.