Sunday, July 29, 2012

Trail run + first ice bath video

Whoa! What a loaded weekend! Here we will recap Saturday morning/afternoon.

We start this recap with the Saturday morning long run. Normally this long run takes place along the beach, but this Saturday we mixed it up a bit. Thanks to one of the group members, we went on a trail run. My first trail run. A 12 mile trail run. Please note, I have only run this far 2 times EVER...both during a half marathon race and both times I was not happy by mile 12. My original plan was to do 3-4 miles in and back to do a total of 6-8 miles, but I was feeling good at 4 miles...what's another 2, right? So, I kept going with the group, 6 miles in and 6 miles out. Around the fifth mile in, I was beginning to think that maybe it was a bad idea. What was I thinking? Could I really do 12 miles? I can handle 6 miles...but would I last the 6 miles back?

Well I did! And it was AWESOME!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT! 12.4 miles in 2 hours, 9 minutes. For me, that is a great time! My best half marathon time (on a super flat course) is like 15 minutes slower. So, considering this was only my third time running this far, it was on a trail, AND it had a slight incline, I am stoked!

Thank you friends!

On my way home, the most intense hunger came over me. I met little K and the hubs at our favorite neighborhood diner/restaurant/cafe and had the most delicious french toast, eggs, bacon, toast, coffee.

And I won't lie, it hurt...the run, that is. Sore hip flexors, calves, hammies, knees. But nothing an ice bath can't fix!

But first let me show you my awesome tan...

Yup, dirt tan!

Okay, now the ice bath video. First, the ice bath was not MY idea. I just wanted to sit in some cold water, let my legs relax and get out. Well, my lovely husband had other plans. Once I was in the tub, he ran to the local corner store and bought a little bag of ice.

Before you watch...yes, I am wearing clothes. I'm actually wearing a jacket along with all my running clothes...HEY it was cold!

Please enjoy the video of my little family torturing me, courtesy of little K (her idea to record this event). She thought this was the funniest thing EVER. Probably thinking, "How much crazier can this lady get?"

FYI, the ice bath helped a lot! Later that day, I was able to attend a birthday party wearing heels and the next (today) day, very mild soreness. I think I will continue with the little bag of ice for a while and slowly graduate to more ice.

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