Leap Day

Monday, February 29, 2016

Well here we are, Leap Day 2016. I realized I haven’t been very active on the blog this month. My life hasn’t been that interesting. My running goes in phases of sucking and awesomeness. This weekend I had both on back-to-back days. Overall, right now I’m feeling terrible about my running. Eric thinks I have a mental problem not a physical problem. All I know is I want to run like I used to.

My swimming is improving. I’ve been going pretty religious to swimming. My 200 yard sprint is getting faster. I was able to do it 13 seconds faster on Friday compared to January. That is a win for me as I’m slow in the pool. I love swimming; I just wish I was faster. My bike is there as a constant reminder but I haven’t felt motivated to ride it. I’ve only been on it 5 days this month and those were all very short rides. I need to get out of this funk!

Eric had the flu all last week and was out of work for three days. Yes, three days!  It was bad. Fortunately, I got my flu shot so I didn’t catch it.  I took Friday off from work. I was looking forward to a nice day home alone but Eric was still sick so I got take care of him instead. I managed to get a great 4 mile run in at a great pace and swam 950 yards. I also watched 13 episodes of the new Netflix series Fuller House (a refresh of the old series Full House) and made a Special K bar. So delicious! I got zero housework down. Ha!

Saturday was supposed to be a great day. The weather was in the 50s with plenty of sunshine. I was looking forward to a great long run all week but my expectations were crushed. Firstly, I woke up with a massive back ache. I’m not sure if it was the swimming or the speed workout that did it but I was in pain. I fell asleep on the couch watch TV. I finally woke up around 10:30 and thought I better go for my long run. I got my running clothes on, my hydration belt and my beans and was out the door. I was so excited but I was in a lot of pain too. I started running and my legs wouldn’t move. I could walk just fine but running was almost impossible. I ran a quarter mile and thought to myself I should just go home and go back to bed. It was awful. I struggled for another 2.75 miles before I finally called it quits. My 7 mile run turned into 3 and a long mile walk home. I was so deflated while I was walking home. How am I going to run over 8 miles in two weeks? My back was hurting, my leg was hurting. I was just one big hot mess. Eric is right I have a mental problem. But also physical. I guess I need to rest.

Saturday night I went snow tubing with Greg, Celeste and Evelyn. Eric was still sick so he stayed home. It was so much fun. You really get some speed going down the hill. The weather was perfect (remember it was 59 degrees during the day). It was in the mid-40s by the time we were tubing. I actually had too many layers on and was getting a bit hot! Imagine that…in February!? We tube for about 2 hours. It was a blast!

Yesterday we met my mom, Mike, Linda and Alec in Menomonie for lunch and bike shopping for Alec. What a difference a day makes! Remember it was almost 60 degrees Saturday, well on the drive to Menomonie we drove in a snow globe…huge snowflakes and much colder weather. Our fun in the sun lasted one day.

Well my goal today is to run 2.29 miles for Leap Day (2/29). Hopefully I can manage that, but based on Saturday I will have trouble.

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