Saturday started with my morning routine of breakfast and yoga, then I ran a quick errand to get some groceries. I'm trying to simulate race day morning, and knowing I'm going to be walking to the corrals, I'm trying to simulate that particular aspect. I think walking around the grocery store is the best way I can do that, to walk around and stand on my feet, for when I'm waiting in the corrals. I felt good and loose when I parked, but the run was tough. I never felt like I was running smoothly. I did get the 4 miles done, but I do need acoustic wave therapy to continue. I felt the scar tissue flare up, but this time closer to my knee cap, BUT I was able to keep going. The flare up was around 3 miles, but I never felt like I absolutely had to stop. I could keep running, so I decided to try to get to 4 miles, and I did :-) I was never in pain, but yes on discomfort.
Also on Saturday, I went to my LRS, Run On!, and bought a calf stretcher. My calves can be tired and tight, and what I was doing wasn't quite cutting it. My dad has a calf stretcher, and I loved that thing when I was in Boulder. As Flynn Rider said, "oh mama, I have got to get me one of these!" So I did. I know my calves will thank me for it, but right now I need to be very diligent and keep stretching them out. The stretcher came with a manual too to show how I can stretch in ways to get muscle groups beyond just the traditional calf. I tried the hamstring stretch and I'm tight there too.
I also finished the book I was reading. It was definitely one I needed, to be able to sit down and just read. I'm starting to go through the books I have on my wish list, and I'm starting at the bottom of the list to get the books I marked last year. Next up is a historical novel set in NYC during the Revolution.
Sunday, I switched my Pure Barre class to the earlier one since the wait list label came off that class and went to mine. The 10:30 class was the one I wanted, and with it being Palm Sunday, I knew quite a few clients would be in church and want the later class. I'll gladly switch, and it gave me the full afternoon to prep lunches for the week. I"m trying something new this week and attempting to move away from processed chips and pretzels, to more whole foods. I put together a salad for each of the week with green lettuce, dried cherries, toasted walnuts, slivered carrots, and of course, croutons. I need that crunch so I don't end up missing the crunchy chips. I'll see how that works out and what I want to add for next week. Maybe some seeds.
Finally, I tried a new to me recipe I found on Runner's World. It was very easy to make, and I went with the chicken broth option instead of using wine, but next time I'll use the wine option to see if/how the flavor differs. The picture has green beans as a side, but I went with raspberries since I love my fruit, and I went with rice instead of spaghetti. I also skipped the broil step to crisper the skin, since I don't eat the skin. I always remove it when everything is done cooking, and throw it out.
Weekly Wrap-up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.
Monday: chiro visit, yoga
Tuesday: strength training
Wednesday: 30 minutes, yoga
Thursday: strength training
Saturday: yoga, 4 miles
Sunday: Pure Barre