Notice the capitalization in the title? S. Lots of them. Today has been a day filled with S’s. After my morning class, the strangest thing happened. I had the urge to run. Come again, say what?? Yes, I had the urge to run. My goal for 2012 was to learn to love to run. I’m not completely sure that we are all the way to homeplate yet, but definitely roundind second (Baseball reference on Opening Day FTW). So I did what any urgent person would do-I laced up my sneaks, strapped on my Garmin and headed out to Third Creek for what hoped to be four miles.
S is for Sweat. Mission accomplished. I ran and although I didn’t run fast, I ran good consistent and slow recovery miles. Those recovery miles were just what my body needed. Before my latest half marathon, I ran a total of ONCE unprompted. By that I mean each and every time I ran to “train” was because I had to rather it be for practice purposes or because I was in a race. I’m not the kind of girl who runs because she wants to but all that changed today–so much so that even after a 2 hour practice this afternoon I decided that my measly four miles just were not sufficient so I headed back out for two more to add to the daily tally. Yes.
S is for Skype. I’m not the most technically inclined person in the world. In fact, last nigth was the first time in my life I had officially used Skype. It is growing on me. My good friend Katie is in Spain studying abroad this semester and after a few facebook chat sessions, I realized that I needed to bite the bullet and learn how to Skype so we could chat like old times. And boy did we ever. Following my run this morning I spent an hour chatting it up face to face from thousands of miles (and several hours of time zone) away. Love.
S is for Soreness. I’d be lying if I said my legs don’t hurt from Sunday. I wouldn’t describe it as pain, just general tightness and soreness. So for the past two days I have endured some sessions with the good ole NormaTec. Basically it is compression boots that engulf your legs and apply various levels of air compression for 30 minutes. Greatest invention ever and definitely a must have in the recovery process. I’d highly recommend it for sore or tight legs.
S is for Sweets and Sleeves. I’ve been craving a popsicle all day. The hot weather and ever approaching summer must be getting to me. To curb that craving I munched on frozen grapes all day long. Crisis averted. They are seriously crucial to staying nice and cooled off. AND my Zensah sleeves finally arrived. They stop traffic, that’s for sure. I was thrilled with the color but am slightly concerned that I ordered them too big. I don’t want them to be too tight but nonetheless they are compression sleeves so I feel like I need them tighter than they are. We’ll see. They are precious though.
So there you have it. This was my day full of S’s. Hump day is officially over and it is almost Easter! Uh, yeah. Tell me, how do you feel when you run “just because”? Have you ever used NormaTec or a compression treatment? Do you have compression sleeves and if so how tight are they? There is a fine line between compressing and ridiculously tight. Have a great rest of your short week!