Weekend of drowning + musings on running

Ok so most of Saturday wasn’t wet but after T.S. Debby debuted here in north Florida, it’s been non-stop rain. Luckily, it was nice Saturday and I got to get out early and get Ash’s side mirror installed. Yay! Mistake corrected. Soon after, we went to do a little shopping then made plans for the afternoon. We decided to meet up at a friend’s parents’ house and use their community pool, because it’s nicer than my friend’s condo pool. And we don’t have anything but a blow up thing. So it was a huge step up. We were there for about two hours and the kids missed nap but usually they’re ok. Not so much. Isaac melted down around 4 so we put him in his crib and then Ell was watching TV. Ash fell asleep too. So then, when I went to nap, I was hoping to get just a tiny bit but Ell woke me complaining he was hungry, even though I gave him food then implicitly stated not to wake me. I was petty annoyed by that so when it was around 6, I was getting everyone up and out of the house for food, but no one was happy. I didn’t want pizza but they all did. So that’s what we got. BUT, I was vindicated when we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch on Sunday, amidst the rain. So we mostly napped and ate and stayed dry. I have not been able to run, however, and this bothers me. But it just won’t stop raining!

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I was supposed to run theĀ  Monday before vacation – after a short Friday run – but I didn’t. I was too caught up in flying solo while Ash was out of town so I didn’t utilize time home before the workmen came that morning. And though I promised myself the elliptical after the kids went to sleep, I played a game instead. I was supposed to run at least one day of my vacation; maybe just a lap around the lake at the hotel. But no. I was just too caught up in everything else. So Sunday afternoon was my first time back and it was… OK. About halfway, one of my toenails was digging into my other toe so I stopped and took my sock off, fixing said nail. When I put my shoe back on, I tied it a bit too tight and after maybe five minutes, I started having shooting pains throughout that entire leg. I walked. Tried running again; pain. I walked some more and tried running and it was OK for about 50 feet before hurting again. It’s at that point I started to worry a bit; marathon training begins in one month. I cannot get injured!

After Tuesday night’s run, I felt better. At least, the nerve pain had subsided and the only residual pain was in my knee, as usual, and some in my right ankle. I won’t lie: the three miler was a bitch. I felt pretty good the whole time but the general fatigue that took over afterwards was unexpected. I guess it’s true that time off will allow your muscle to atrophy and getting back into the routine is hard.

It’s hot out but I’ve been leaving the house around 7:30 and that seems to help some. The heat is unavoidable and I can’t – and won’t – use it as an excuse. My ipod needs new music; I need to tape my training plan to the kitchen cabinet so I can hold myself accountable. I will probably go back to using KT tape, not just for my knee but this new-found ankle problem. I wish I looked better in running gear. All this weighs upon me and I know it’s going to come down to a mere moment when everything clicks and I get serious.

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Hope everyone else had a good weekend. I am super busy this week but must hold it together. Off to grade papers, as usual!