... because there is nothing better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you.
Who is Team Run Like A Mother?
A group of rookie moms and rookie runners coming together to reach the same goal: TO RUN LIKE A MOTHER. This is a place for us to chronicle our journey of the miles and miles it takes to get across the finish line.
So, I just registered for the Crossroads 17.75K in Manassas, VA on June 12th. Is anyone interested in joining me? It's an instant PR since it's pretty much the only 17.75K you'll find. Here is the link if you are interested!
So, I thought we needed a fresh look. Something more expressive of our style. I did some searching and I stumbled across this layout. It reminded me of our cheetah skirts. And I figured that if we are going to "embarrass cheetahs worldwide" while we run, we might as well do the same on our blog. Any objections?
First: today's run. So, today was my first long run outside since the marathon and the first time I ran a long run with anyone aside from Ginny since our last 20 miler. And can I say, I have totally missed it? One, it was REALLY nice to get off the treadmill. And two, running is WAY BETTER with friends. Also, it was brought to my attention that for the first time in FOREVER none of us are expecting. Which means NO ONE has a legitimate excuse to bail on group runs (well maybe Hampton - but only for a few weeks). And all of you who weren't there today really missed out. Are you feeling the guilt yet?
Second: training plans. I am putting together a training plan for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and Charlottesville Half. I need to know what distance you want the first long run to be and what is the furthest you want to run prior to the race. If you choose to not get back to me, I will just do whatever I feel like. Sound good?
Third: Virtual Races. So, this week, I ran a virtual race. You can read about it HERE. It was super fun and Ginny has expressed interest in hosting one on our blog. Anyone else want in?
The word from the MAN (Hot Dr. of SPORTS MEDICINE) says I cannot WALK or RUN. Ack! These are my sports. The 2 I love. After these two my next favorite is swimming but, it's 38 degrees outside so the one pool I have access to is closed. After the MRI on Tuesday we'll have a treatment plan, and I'm even considering getting on board with surgery if it means I can start running again after the "therapy" is over. Speaking of therapy, maybe that's what I should be doing in the mean time...
Why is it that I'm on restriction and now EVERYONE in the entire West End of Richmond, Short Pump and heckfireandshoot, even some EastEnders are definitely out for a RUN whenever I go somewhere? And, I am ASHAMED to admit that every time I see a runner on the street, I get a hot ball of jealousy that burns in my stomach. It's obscene. I am having hateful thoughts toward them as they lope by me. I can't stand this, it's unpleasant. I'm going to need to take drastic action before this goes on much longer...
Today I went for a bike ride with the kids. Bike riding is not my thing. I'm not comfortable on the bike, heck, I don't even feel sure that I know the rules. But I did because I'm getting fat and my size 6's are already feeling snug where I don't want snugness. So, bike riding and I will become friends because it has one thing going for it. It doesn't hurt the knee. Actually, bike riding and I used to be married when I was a ranked BMX champ in the 6th - 7th grade, but after the divorce we couldn't even speak, so, even considering a friendship is pretty crazy sounding to me...
I've been known to do some pretty extreme sports, but every time I consider going out for a real ride on the street without my children, I get nervous. Like, trapped in an elevator nervous, or lost in NYC nervous. It's not a comfortable feeling. I will ride a psychotic horse through the Chicahominy River, over 3ft fences that are 18 inches wide at breakneck speeds wearing little more than a plastic shell on my head, and yet, put me on a small ladies bike at the speed of a 7 year old boy and I feel like I'm out of control & destined to crash. Maybe 7 year old boys go too fast...
For all of you who have been wondering, I did not run on Tuesday. I really thought I was going to leave the doctor's office, load the kids in the stroller and run. Instead, my doc shot me up with cortisone and threw around the word "surgery". It kind of freaked me out. This is way more serious than I had thought.
Basically, the sprain is really more of a chronic condition. It might be alleviated through the injections OR it might need to be surgically corrected. Part of me wants to just get the surgery if that's what I am facing and part of me is REALLY HOPING that the cortisone (and controlled mileage, less than 35 a week) is enough to keep the pain away.
AHHH! It's so frustrating. Either way, the doc asked me to give her five days before I test it out. (I go back for a recheck in three weeks) And after two weeks, I figured I could handle five more days. So, Sunday it is (or Monday if we get back from NJ too late).