Keeping the Runner Momentum Going!
Today I’ve got some good news and some bad news to share.
First, my run streak officially came to a halt on Friday. I was on my way to a client meeting in Miami when I got a call from my dad and then a barrage of texts from friends and family letting me know there had been a mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport.
The airport is literally 15 minutes from my house. I’ve taken so many flights to and from that airport. I’ve retrieved my luggage from terminal 2 where the shooting happened many times. Initially I felt nothing about the shooting except a small amount of surprise. I had my meeting on my mind. But as I was driving home listening to the radio it really hit me that this happened in my backyard.
Since the shooting I’ve had the same conversation with so many people I know: the baggage claim area is really not secure. Within the last 12 to 24 months all of us have stood there wondering what could happen if a shooting took place.
To be honest, these days I think about that every single place I go. Standing in line at the grocery store, I wonder what I would do. When I’m running at the beach I wonder where I would take shelter. When I’m running at the park, I worry about myself and all of the kids playing ball out in the open, totally exposed.
Five years ago I never thought about these things, but now I think about them every day and I know I’m not alone.
When I got home on Friday evening I just didn’t feel like running, so I didn’t. The streak came to an end just like that. I ran through a sinus infection, I ran through exhaustion from getting up at 5am, I ran through our hot winter days, but I didn’t want to go out and run after a mass shooting in my city, that almost certainly could have been prevented.
I did run again on Saturday and it was COLD! In the mid-60s!!!! The crisp air felt so nice, but I think I bruised my shin during my bridge repeats on Thursday because my right shin was really hurting. Getting home and kicking off my shoes was the best part of that run.
Sunday my shin was still hurting, even when I was just sitting on the couch. I decided to hit the gym for a good weight lifting session and push my long run to Tuesday or Wednesday. Now that I am getting home from work early I have much more time available for extra miles on week nights which is nice!
It had been basically a full month since I last lifted heavy weights in the gym. I am going to definitely be feeling it tomorrow (I get the worst DOMS two days after a heavy lifting session). After lifting I did some core work, including planks of course!
^ This pic looks almost exactly like a pic I posted to Instagram a couple of months ago when I was planking in this shirt, but I promise I took it yesterday!
Aside from workout stuff, Adam and I had a full weekend working on the house. On Saturday we had an exciting morning picking out three new toilets. FUN! Just kidding.
Did you know that you can buy a toilet seat that lights up in the dark when you lift the lid? We didn’t buy it on Saturday, but we’re seriously considering going back and getting one for the master bathroom!
Before buying a house I never went to Home Depot. Now I feel like it’s my second home. I honestly enjoy just walking up and down the aisles! 😀
After installing the toilets I went shopping with my mom to see if I could find some things to decorate the mantle with. After searching Pinterest and a bunch of blogs I found this image for inspiration:
I love the pop of color that the green from the plants gives, and I also love how natural and simple this looks. I am on a mission to replicate it as best I can with my own little touches. I was able to find a few things this past weekend to get me started!
Of course I need to pick out some (non-poisonous) plants to go in the little pots, and I also need find a couple of other cute little objects to go up there but it’s definitely better than the 0 things we had up there before! 🙂
Getting to do a little decorating in the house was definitely the fun part of the weekend. Dealing with my bruised shin is not so fun. I don’t know if it’s shin splints or something else. I run the bridge pretty often so I don’t think it had anything to do with over training or over exerting myself.
I felt pretty good during the whole workout (1 mile w/up, 6 repeats, 1 mile c/down for a total of 3.5 miles).
During the first repeat I came barreling down the bridge at a pretty fast clip and almost slipped due to some loose sand at the bottom on the bridge. I did the same thing during the second repeat because I forgot about the sand. After that I was really conscious of avoiding the sand, but I wonder if I I hit the ground with too much force one of those first two times to stop myself/brace myself from falling.
Whatever it is I’m sure it’s minor and with a day or two of rest I should be back to training with full force. Even though my run streak is over, I do want to try and run as many days this month as I can. I’m really enjoying myself and I want to keep the momentum going!
How did your runs/workouts go this weekend?
Best part of your weekend?
Did you get any snow?!