Wahoo! Last week was all kinds of fun! After celebrating, er, too hard while tailgating last weekend, my Sunday Runday was rendered useless. Well actually, I was rendered useless. The day itself consisted of a lot of hammock swinging, football, and bad food (the best medicine for a hangover if you ask me.
Due to my inability to function on Sunday, I forced myself to get my run in before work on Monday. This required an asinine wake-up time and some serious determination on my part.
I also decided to sign both J and I up for the Barley’s Cycling Classic. I’ve written about my experience here, and it was the same beautiful course with extra added bonus of some seriously beautiful weather – cool, sunny, and perfectly Autumn-esque. Not wanting to end up in the same situation as last Sunday, I followed up my great ride with one lonely pumpkin beer Lesson learned, you relentless hangover.
Since I had signed up for the bike ride, I knew I needed to get at least a smidgen of practice in before race day. As a result, we went for a short ride early in the week and I cut down my mileage in the days leading up to it. Note to self: don’t attempt to get on a bike following a long run. It doesn’t bode well for you or your legs.
Speaking of runs, here’s what my weekend should have looked like:
Miles: 32.1 (running), 35.64 (cycling)
Injuries/Issues: For some reason, the muscle beneath my calf and above my inner ankle became very tender for so I was careful to stretch and rub it out whenever I got the chance. And other than a mildly sore hiney from extended time in my saddle, everything felt pretty good.
Other notable ramblings: It was nice to get out on the bike for a little bit. With my fancy new shoes, it actually is a lot easier and since J has eased off running for the time being, it was nice to be spending some time with him as well. I haven’t been cross training much (read: at all) and I regret that. I usually am so exhausted or strapped for time from my runs throughout the week that it really takes a back seat. I hope to continue cycling a bit more and possibly introduce something that doesn’t focus solely on my legs – they could use the break.
Fellow runners, what’s your cross-training activity of choice??