Man, I could tell I was out of running shape after yesterday’s race. That half marathon wore me out! I came home and didn’t want to move. Derek and I had grand plans to do this and that, but we were both perfectly content to just lay on the couch and veg. We traded off – football for the first few hours, then cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies after that (p.s. you needed to watch “Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade” 100% cheesy, but also 100% adorable. 🙂 )
I snacked on some apple slices, cheddar cheese, and pecans (AWESOME combo – must do this again!!)
And made chili for dinner.
I kept it really basic:
- 1 lb ground chicken
- canned tomatoes
- chili powders
- red pepper
- garlic powder
- salt + pepper
- chicken broth
Blue cheese + plain Chobani on top (p.s. blue cheese on chili is actually quite delicious – who knew?)
My foot was giving me problems last night so I wrapped it up in one of the Arctic Ease wraps I picked up from a race expo who knows how long ago.
The wrap was pretty easy to use – I just wrapped the foot up and it stuck on its own (it’s pretty moist straight out of the package). The wrap provided a nice cooling effect, but I wish the cooling effect had been a little more intense.
I wore my PureConnects for the half marathon yesterday which was probably a mistake. With minimalist shoes, you want to slowly build your distance wearing the shoes or risk injury. I wear my PureConnects pretty regularly on shorter runs without issues (in fact, I love wearing them on shorter runs) and maxed out in them on my 8 miler last weekend. I enjoyed wearing the so much on the 8 mile run, that I thought I could pull off wearing them for the half marathon, too. Unfortunately the jump from 8 to 13 might have been a little too much. I could feel a slight pain in my right foot almost as soon as I went past the 8 mile barrier that continued through the race. Darn.
So, lesson learn – don’t jump from 8 to 13 miles in minimalist shoes. Instead, continue to build slowly or definitely risk injury. My foot feels a little better today, but I think I’m going to take a couple of days off of running on it just in case. I’ll also be sticking with the PureConnects for my shorter distance and wearing my beloved Glycerin 10s for longer runs.
CrossFit was nice and empty this morning. We had a total of 3 people in our early class. You can tell a lot of folks are starting their Thanksgiving holiday a little on the early side.
Today’s WOD was “Explode.”
Our main focus was on weighted jump squats, which were squats you jump out of with a barbell on your back. My legs were tight from my race yesterday, so I was struggling with getting deep enough in my squats. I really need to pick up some yoga classes again, or get better at stretching – my flexibility is shot.
The main WOD was short and sweet. We had eight minutes to do as many rounds of 90 single jump ropes, 20 split squats, and 10 dumbbell push presses that we could squeeze out. I managed to make it through three complete rounds and a little bit into my fourth round. I have to say, with only 3 people, it was harder to get away with half-assing it. Our coach was on us if we did anything incorrectly – there was no getting away with taking the easy route out this morning!
Apple slices + almond butter and two eggs.
Time to get this Monday started.
Have a great day, everyone!