So the day started the same as every other. I got up too darn early, dressing in my running clothes (that did not match), got my kiddo up and dressed (she had to wear her Chiefs gear, since they had the Monday night game. I knew J would appreciate that.), and headed off to the other side of town where my office/her daycare is. Because I am now OFFICIALLY tapering (since I ran that 20 on the 26th), I only had 6 miles at convo pace plus strides to do on Monday. I was ready to roll out.
I dropped off Addie and headed out right from her daycare. I was planning on running a loop in Ravenwood, a nearby neighborhood that I knew had about a 1 mile loop in it, and then head over to the track. I have yet to get tired of the track this cycle. Plus even when I am running normal-ish paces, I feel like I am flying on the track! That makes it extra awesome. So I started running. My legs were a little sluggish on the first mile, like they always are, especially when I have not had coffee, but it was not long before I was feeling great.
I ran to the track, then planned to leave there at about 4.75 miles, that would get me back right around the time I was finishing my run, assuming that my strides were about the same distance as they always are. I left the track and was in the ZONE. I was jamming to the music that was on my phone, I was feeling awesome. And BOOM. I tripped over a big yellow curb. It is one of those ones that is used to designate parking places. There were several others around it. And there were yellow stripes painted all over the ground. So how I missed it, I will never know. I am just clumsy I guess? And as usual, I broke my fall with my elbow. Typical...
I also banged up my knee pretty great, but I did not take a picture of that. Luckily, I think my elbow is just scraped up. I don't have any issues with the bending and things like I did when I broke it. But the knee turned black and blue almost immediately. But after sitting for a minute and gathering myself up, I finished the run.
After running, I went to Panera to drink a cup of coffee and eat a bagel (yay taper food!)before going to see Dr. Mike for my last appointment. I will probably go back before the marathon to make sure everything is in perfect condition and get taped, but he released me from working on my hips and back that he has been working on for the last 5-6 weeks.
I had lunch with Karen at the cheesecake factory and did not allow myself to be tempted by all of the deliciousness that was there. I got chicken lettuce wrap tacos and NO cheesecake (impressive, right?) and really enjoyed them. I know Karen was jealous, because she was already on the "cut out leafy green" part of taper, whereas I still have a week. But her lunch looked really good as well. Tuscan chicken of some sort...
She was on a mission to get a new dress for her sister's wedding, so we did some shopping together. She ended up buying something at Macy's and plans to also buy something online from White House/Black Market and then making the final decision. I tried on a dress at H&M myself for my company Christmas party. Karen and the woman working there both said it gave me a figure and made me look like I had a waist. Honestly, I felt like I did NOT have a waist in it. Obviously, I need to trust others more than I trust myself when it comes to these things. Regardless, it is a contender, but I did not buy.
After shopping at the mall, I told Karen that I had a gift card to Buckeye, and I should get up there and use it. I probably needed a few more gels to get me through the marathon and even if I do not use them now, I will use them in the spring. So Karen agreed to come with me, because she pretty much had to drive right by there on her way home. Naturally, I cannot go in to a running store and JUST buy gels. I walked out with 3 gels (vanilla spice roctane), 2 vanilla honey stinger waffles (the BEST pre race food), 2 Buckeye running t-shirts (one for me, one for J) and new shoes. Ooops...
And I am in love. These might be the marathon shoes now. HA!
After Buckeye, I settled myself in at Starbucks, ordered a coffee and got to work on the blog.
I really love writing here and I am trying to get more planning done around posts to try and get some written in advance and then I can just jump in on open days and write and actual update. Maybe then I can be more consistent about it?
I needed this day. I am glad that I have so much vacation time just sitting around. I need to be more consistent about using it, even when it is for no purpose. It felt good today to be able to just do whatever I wanted to do... That just does not happen enough. Now... to be more consistent!