It is, however, a handful of the myriad of things on my mind today.
Ragnar is SO CLOSE now. In less than two weeks I will be back at home, basking in the glory that was 196 miles of relay deliciousness.
Did I mention yet that I have the shortest leg out of all 12 runners on my team? Only by .01 of a mile, but still. As someone who was brought in to the team very late in the game after another member dropped out, I am so eternally grateful that I wasn't stuck with the 17, 18 or more mile distances. Mine is 13.6. Easy peasy (ha!).
My packing list is, uh, filling up. Our team had a conference call last week and I think one of my team mates summed it up nicely when he said that we should remember all of the items we had discussed, but to still pack lightly. Ummm . . . . wha?! I have bought a few new goodies just in time for Ragnar, such as The Stick (such an ominous name, no?), another pair of cw-x Stabilyx capris and a second pair of my current favorite running shoes, the Saucony Progrid Ride 5s.
Have you ever used The Stick before? I am not 100% sold yet.
As a side note, I have never, ever had blisters from running until the Seattle Rock-n-Roll, which I ran in the same shoes I trained for the race in (up to 11+ miles at a time). Nothing major, but still annoying. On my 8 mile run today the blisters started coming back. What gives?! Could this be a sign my shoes are wearing out?
You remember all those hundreds of times I whined and complained about how injured I have been? I don't want to jinx anything, but I am feeling so much better lately. Not sure exactly what is causing the shift, as I am doing a whole bunch of things every day to help heal, but it seems to be working. I have recently started doing dynamic stretching before each run, in addition to my bridges, nerve gliding and pelvic correction exercises, and I have started stretching after each run. My naturopath also put me on a supplement that may or may not be helping with repairing damaged muscle tissue, as well. I am still doing the same program of the least amount of running possible and lots and lots of strength and cross-training, as well.
I am not going to get my hopes up, but I feel like this is very good news right now. On my run on Sunday, the longest since RnR, I had very mild knee discomfort (I hate using the "P" word) after stopping for a few minutes and then resuming the run. It went away quickly, as well. Post-run, I had very little soreness in my IT band and hamstring. People, this is HUGE progress for me.
And, moving on again.
Recently I was looking at this lame, sorry mess of a medal display, and thinking how sad my Ragnar medal/bottle opener is going to feel joining this fray. I think I need a proper medal holder.
I was thinking this one below might be pretty cool, what do you think? I kind of love that it would give me a place to display some of my favorite race photos, too.
Source: Storage and Display etsy shop
I also like metal ones, like this. So many choices!
Source: Shine On Sporty Girl etsy shop
Do you have a race medal holder that you love? Have you ever tried The Stick?