We received a couple inches of snow yesterday, so the trail conditions were questionable. We found a real mixture on the run - some places were completely clear, other spots of black ice and crusty snow. Normally this doesn't bother me too much, but I made a bad rest-day decision yesterday. I pulled out a new DVD Saturday afternoon. It was a core workout, so that shouldn't mess with my legs, right? Ummm, yeah, I got two words for you... Weighted Deadlifts. OMG! My hamstrings were so sore getting out of bed this morning! And on the run, I found out quickly how much one uses hamstring muscles (a lot!) for balance on snow and slippery spots. No matter how much I warmed up and stretched, there was no pleasing my sore hammies. As I type away now, I have them resting on ice packs. Mistake I won't make again... I know better.
The last four miles (with the wind at our back) was the best part. I had questioned myself the whole run and now we were on the home stretch. I was so lucky to have my friend Patty with me for the long haul. Otherwise, I'm not sure if I would have pushed myself through the full mileage. Today was my longest run of the year so far, putting me at 36 miles for the week!
Today's run stats
15.27 miles in 2:43
Once I picked up the kids, I was freezing and anxious to jump in a hot shower. I haven't been able to talk myself into a post-run ice bath this time of year... yet. Instead, I'll foam roll and do a 20 minutes of yoga this evening. For now, I get to relax and warm up with a hot beverage with my two biggest cheerleaders...
Happy Sunday y'all! Hope it's a great day!