Happy Memorial Day. I hope you took a moment today to honor the brave young men and woman who have fallen defending our country.
This morning, Jessica and I drove over to my favorite trail to meet Heather!
It was a lovely (although rather hot/humid) morning!
As I mentioned in a previous post, Jessica is currently training for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in Seattle, so she decided to come walk on the trail while we ran.
She was excited because she had a new pair of shoes to test out — remember the New Balance shoes that I was given at Fit Bloggin a couple months ago? Originally, they gave me a size 7, but apparently they run big because they didn’t fit. New Balance sent me a new size 6.5 pair when I got home (I’ve been wearing them for low key cross training), and told me to give the original pair to a friend who would enjoy them. So that’s just what I did 🙂 They fit Jess perfectly and she loved them!
Yay! I’m so glad they went to a good cause. 🙂
Once we got down to the trail, I handed Jess my camera, told her to take fun photos for the blog while she walked, and Heather and I were off!
We had 8 miles planned, and the first 2 or so miles went well… but then my right calf started to really bug me. Last weekend in the last few miles of my muddy 12 miler with Ashley, it started feeling sore and crampy. It was fine enough to finish the run on it, but it still felt a little weird this week, which is why I blew off my Tuesday 2 miler. By Thursday, I ran 6 hilly miles and it felt decent, if not totally awesome (still a bit sore).
I was hoping it would be fine today, but unfortunately it kept feeling crampy and started to hurt more the more we ran, so I asked Heather if she would mind turning around early. We ended up combination run/walking the rest of the time, for a total of about 6 miles. Blah. I am really bummed that my last run before my first half marathon on Sunday was such a bust — plus, I felt bad to have held Heather back, although she swears she was tired anyway and didn’t mind 🙂
I’m not sure what to do about my calf — any advice? It basically feels like the morning after getting a “charlie horse” or something — just very sore and it hurts to press on it or massage it. I don’t think it’s seriously injured or torn… I think (hope) it’s just been overworked. Should I do some foam rolling and hold it where it hurts?? Heat it? Ice it? Avoid running all week and cross train? Help! I really hope it’s better by my half marathon on Sunday 🙁
At least Jess got some pretty photos of the trail for me!
Awww cute baby geese 🙂
After the fail of a run, Jess and I said goodbye to Heather and headed home for quick showers before meeting some of the girls for a final brunch at a new place called Northside Social in Arlington (VA).
It was delicious! I had the fruit and local yogurt:
And a salad with peas, carrots, and olive oil-y bread topped with grilled tofu.
Majorly delicious (and pretty!)
After brunch, I sadly took Jess to the airport to say goodbye 🙁 Boo! It was so fun having her here this weekend. I miss you already, Jess!
I’ve spent the rest of the day catching up on homework — time to get back after it! Have a lovely night and I hope you all had great long weekends full of sun and friends! 🙂 I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun LA Boxing post — I figure I’ll just ask Jerome to give me a major arm workout and spare my calf!