So I totally forget to tell you the best part of the 10k race on Monday (which is surprising because there were very few "highlights"). I waited until the morning of to register (and will continue to do so all summer long so I can monitor the painfully hot race-morning weather). When I got to the front of the registration line, I whipped out my checkbook and asked whether it was $10 or $15 (I'd seen both). To which the lady replied, "oh hun, it's $10 for 17 year olds and under!" I had to chuckle a little bit when I filled out 27 on my race bib and handed her the $15 check. She was a smidge surprised.
Since I wasn't planning on racing on Monday, I did my long run with Rachel on Friday morning. Can I say how much I love vacation days from work? Because I do.... We set out for 10 miles which is my longest run since Fargo. It was also her pup's PDR! The run seriously flew by with her as company. Except the last 3 miles. Ugh. Our bike path is under construction, so I had to add on an extra 2 miles to get us to 10 miles for the day. Of course that mile out and back was completely in the sun approaching 10am.... and the majority of the final mile was directly in the sun too. Uff. I went through 2 1/2 refills of water on my handheld, and could wring out my clothes and hair when we got done. :/
We did 10 miles in 1:38:07 for a pace of 9:49. Average HR: 162. Uff.
And then we went and got delicious frozen juices. Mmmmmmmm. I could get used to long runs with a buddy!
During the last two miles of the race on Monday I started having some weird and often times intense pain in my lower shin. After the race I couldn't even walk on it normally. Being the good runner that I am, I went home, changed in to my swimming suit and headed to the swim up bar at the waterpark. (almost the same as icing, no?) Walking around the park was BRUTAL.
Ouch, step, ouch, step, ouch, step.
Even Tuesday walking around work just...hurt. So of course I diagnosed myself with a stress fracture immediately and started hating the 10k race even more so. Wednesday it wasn't as bad so I went for a run after work. The pain seemed to subside after I was running for a bit. After a stretch break it hurt a lot. Towards the last mile I realized that if I picked up the pace a bit it almost didn't hurt at all. Soooo naturally I did that.
I did 4 miles in 38:21 for a pace of 9:39. My heart rate was crazy low for the run... averaging 144. See what a smidge of cooler weather can do for you, ol' heart?
Today it seems to feel almost completely normal (just walking around, mind you), so I'm sure it was just a little muscle strain from attempting to run on gravel. Apparently not my strength in life. I've also been icing like a crazy person which seems to have helped. Phew. No amputation necessary (that's what they do for stress fractures... right? :)
And for your enjoyment: My Weekly Wishlist!
Who doesn't love a good bicycle inspired jewelery gem? Not crazy about the nails... I must admit.
Since my other yellow handbag I HAD TO HAVE from Piperlime finally went on sale, I decided I didn't love it as much anymore. Go figure. But I think it's because I spied this lil guy with my lil eye. Swoon.
Cute and on sale? Yes please. I was mad that I didn't have a wedding to go to this summer to use as an excuse to buy it. Now I think I do. WIN!
Super cute super cheap version of the lusty lellow bag.
Oh nooooooooooos, another Kate Spade sale. :/
I will never buy a designer wallet. But if I did... it would probably look like this. :)
Who else thinks I just need to break down and buy *A* yellow handbag so I can start having some variety in these posts?
**raises hand high**