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Work Hard; Recharge (Weekend Recap)

To say that I packed my Thursday and Friday is an understatement! Therefore, it was very necessary for me to take the weekend to recharge and reconnect with friends.

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Weekend Recap

Basically, I piled on the work and workouts from noon Thursday to noon Saturday.

  • I rested Thursday morning, but then (starting at noon) I worked lunch and dinner Thursday
  • Came home and crashed
  • Friday, I took Ridley to the dog park
  • then ran-muted to a Pilates class at Reform Chicago, then ran to work
  • Then worked a double Friday (which goes later because we are open later!)
  • Woke up Saturday with dead legs (even with all my tricks for keeping my legs fresh, my body was just tired!) but managed to be convinced by Alex to do 5 miles

Oh, and funny part–I left my running shoes (which have my orthotics in them) at work, so we had to wait until they were opening so that I could pick them up so that Alex and I could run together. Which meant giving my legs a chance to recover, but also meant that it was much busier (freaking people everywhere) and warmer (though less humid) by the time we ran.

It was a crazy run. Friday’s run? Felt like I could run forever! I woke up Saturday and wasn’t sure I would be able to run at all, or, honestly, move off the couch. Body was tired, knee kinda hurt… But it is my day to run with Alex, and he looks forward to it so much. So I decided I would do what I could and stop if I couldn’t. When we started running (we took the bus to the restaurant downtown and then planned to run home), my legs and body perked up like champs! WOOOHOO GO LEGS GO! We kept the pace easy and steady, we felt good/great, and it was the makings of a great one.

Until mile 3. Then the wheels fell off, and it was a fight to the finish. At one point, we were running up a teeny tiny hill, and I felt like I was running in place! It was sheer willpower and stubbornness that got me to 5 miles (we had to do a little loop to get that last .6 miles in). And as soon as I finished, something hilarious happened to my legs: they totally stopped working!

Guys, I don’t remember the last time that my legs have felt so jello immediately after a run. As in, “I don’t know if I can get inside.” It was kind of hilarious–I was fine and healthy, just so muscularly tired! I grabbed a limey water and some crackers for a quick baby refuel (it was lunchtime, after all), and propped my legs up, and soon I could walk just fine. But I haven’t had that happen in a very very long time!

After lunch and meeting with some friends (who came by our place because they were in the neighborhood), I honestly don’t remember what else happened except for taking a sequence of naps that rejuvenated me. 

That night was the Team Challenge Pasta Party for Rock N Roll Chicago. It was held at Italian Villages downtown, and it was delicious, and huge. PS, if you go, get the lemon ice and the rum cake. Delish.

It was a lovely, intimate dinner with participants new and old, patients new and old who are discovering and rediscovering their belief in their bodies again. One of the things that I tried to impress upon everyone during my talks (I told my story as a mini Mission Moment + I also gave race day tips) was also the importance of the support system! Everyone there should feel a part of finding a cure!

Joe and Angel–Team Challenge Georgia Endurance Managers past and present.

The next day was a perfect day for a race, and perhaps the best weather they have ever had for Rock N Roll Chicago–it gave me serious FOMO, but I was also very, very happy to take a full rest day. The only walking that happened was taking Ridley to the park and walking to lunch/brunch with some friends. 

Oh and I made some awesomeness for dinner using CSA goodness. And yes, we got froyo for National Ice Cream Day. Do you know nothing about me?

This week won’t be as crazy schedule wise. I’m working a double Saturday, but that will be easy peasy. Alex gets back to inpatient work this week, so bye bye husband! (for the next 13 months). Oh well, don’t need him anyway.

Anyone else having FOMO in an area of their lives right now? 

Who watched Game of Thrones? We didn’t, but that’s because Alex had to look up people. Doctor life. #lame

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