Oh well. There are so many other races in my future; this is just a "little deal" (as I tell the kiddos). One thing that I love about blogging is that it helps me to consistently assume a positive attitude and look on the bright side of a bad situation. I figure no one really wants to read my whiney rants about my class or injuries. I think blogging is a big part of why I was able to keep a much more positive attitude about school all of last year than the previous year (that and I was just a better teacher after my first year!), as well as why I've been able to stay positive overall about the injury fest that has been my running life this year. Sooo, that being said, instead of being bummed about the race that wasn't, let's focus on some happy things from the past few days!
First, I ran again! (Don't you kind of love the small celebration that is each and every run after an injury??) After a successful 2 mile run Tuesday, I decided to get up at the crack of dawn and try another tiny run Thursday morning before summer school. I have to say, even though I'm not a fan of waking up at 5am, there is something so comfortable and nice about my early morning run routine. Every time, it's exactly the same, no matter the length of the run. The night before I lay pick out my clothes and lay out any gear I need. Sometimes that's pretty involved. This was the gear "spread" before my 10 mile run last month...
This was all the gear I needed this time...
(Note: that's a pre-run gu. I definitely didn't need to fueling mid-run for a distance this short!)
I also change into my running clothes the night before. This serves a few purposes: it saves 5 minutes in the morning (every minute of sleep counts!), and keeps me from backing out! Seriously, it's just depressing to have to change out of running clothes after skipping a run. As I got ready for the run Thursday morning, my tiredness was outweighed by my eager anticipation for the run. Knowing my muscles are still a little screwed up, I take every run as a gift: I have no expectations, no goals. Instead of getting nervous about how my legs will react, I commit to respect my legs and listen to my body, pushing myself only as much as I know is healthy.
I ended up making it 2.55 miles before my muscles and hip flexors decided they'd had enough! I loved every minute. There is something so special about early morning runs where you feel like you are one of the only people awake for miles. I ended up running on a new trail--there's a little bike path that goes through the office park right across the street from my new apartment. While it's not as isolated as my other trails, there are some ponds and trees and wildflowers along the way, and it was a nice little path. I have missed these early bird runs!
On to another happy of the weekend--the YUMMIES! Since I wasn't settling in for an 8pm pre-race bedtime, I invited College Friend over yesterday evening for an evening of pizza, funny TV, and baking. I found a recipe on Pinterest last week for Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies and have been drooling over the picture ever since. Last night we made them and were NOT disappointed! I will definitely be making this recipe again (although they tasted best chilled).
Swirling the cheesecake and brownie batter...
Controlling our hunger while waiting for the brownies to bake by eating some frozen pizza...
(We were very amused by this label...seriously? Do people really try and eat without baking??)
Yet another thing I've been loving lately is YOGA! While I've always enjoyed yoga, I have never had a consistent yoga practice. After a few people suggested to me to try some yoga to help loosen up my legs, especially these tight hips, I decided to try to get in the habit of attending two classes a week at the gym. Hey, I'm paying for them as part of my membership anyways, right? I have to say, I am in love. The classes I've been going to are a perfect level for me--challenging but not impossible, both strengthening and relaxing.
What little things have YOU been loving lately??
What is your favorite dessert? It's so hard to pick just one, but red velvet cake is definitely at the top of my list! YUM!