Long Run Prep

I’m not sure when my idea of a perfect Friday night became a night in yoga pants, watching “Say Yes to the Dress”, with a homemade dinner and a glass of wine, but here I am. Content and comfortable. Last Friday, I hung out with a friend and her family, watched football, and played “knock hockey” with a 6 year old. So much fun. Also on my list of fabulous Friday activities!

We also Tebowed.

Perhaps this change of heart occurred when I began my “long-runs-on-Saturdays” routine back in 2009…back when I fell in love with running long distances. I mean, I have to be prepared to eat some miles for breakfast, right? The legs don’t love dance parties as much when they know they have to work it out in the morning.

Some people might think my Friday night = lame, but it’s something I look forward to all week. I love unwinding and being fully rested for a challenging Saturday morning workout, to be followed with a sense of satisfaction and happiness for the remainder of the weekend. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.

Okay, that’s a lie. There are “better” things, of course. I do love getting out and having a good time too. I’m not totally lame! I’m usually okay if I have to switch my workout around or take a rest day. I don’t stay in EVERY Friday night. I love a good dance party and going out with friends. But in general, I’m happy just relaxing. I enjoy waking up to run, bike, or swim. Sadly, college Kara is long gone. Sigh.

Can’t handle these shoes anymore. Officially old.

So, here I am in my sweatpants. I finished a swim, got a pedicure, and went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s (which is amazingly inexpensive, by the way). That’s enough productivity for the night, right? I’ve also been reading all of your generous comments about my first triathlon – thank you! Each of you made my week, as usual, and I appreciate that you all continue to motivate and inspire me every day. Have I told you lately that I love you?

I love you so much, I baked you these cookies!

Now, for some humor, I bring you the newest edition of “randomly hilarious blog search terms on KaraRuns.com”. I have no idea how some of these search terms led here, but here we go:

“Bicycle helmet sweaty smashed hair” (THERE IS NO REMEDY FOR THIS. I’ve tried. And failed.)

“Tied up in socks” (???)

“I hate triathlons” (Awww. That makes me sad. But to each his own!)

“Don’t talk while eating”

“Biking shirt with saying ‘please don’t hit me'” (I need this immediately.)

“Acetabulum in dogs” (I have no knowledge on this.)

“Improving running stride unconsciously” (Good luck with that…I can barely do it consciously.)

“I did my first tri and I’m so pumped!” (LOVE!)

“Why are Kansans so nice” (Ohhh we are just a happy bunch. It’s nice to be nice!)

We’re nice because we’re happy. We’re happy because we have the best school in all the land! (This is my BFF Elie at our college graduation!)

As for tomorrow…tomorrow is important because I’m testing out my legs on an “official” long run. The past few weekends have been reserved for cycling, triathlons and random birthday runs, so I want to take the time to evaluate whether I can be ready to run Philly in November, as well as kick off Ragnar Relay training. My first test will be the Bronx 10-miler in September. I desperately need tomorrow’s run to go well.

I plan to cross a lot more finish lines this Fall!

I’m concerned because my glutes and hips are feeling sore today. I don’t know if this is because I saw a chiropractor who did some Active Release Therapy (ART) on Monday, because I went to yoga last night for the first time in weeks, or due to the spinning class I went to on Tuesday. I definitely think the spinning class messed with my knee – my posterior knee was hurting a little…but I’ve found that when I don’t adjust my bike correctly, I have knee pain. It feels fine today. But, good news! I’m seeing a new sports medicine doctor in a couple weeks. I’m hoping he can do an MRI and just ease my worries – I don’t honestly think there is anything structurally wrong (meaning, something that would require surgery or complete rest) but I would love some piece of mind and some suggestions from a medical professional on running injury free. Google advice just isn’t working out for me. I have big plans for the future people, big plans!

That’s all from me today. See you tomorrow!


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  1. August 17, 2012 / 8:27 pm

    People think I am crazy but I love my long runs too! So worth resting the night before.

    • August 19, 2012 / 3:31 pm

      Yep! A long run when exhausted = horrible

  2. August 18, 2012 / 5:34 am

    Really proud of you, Kara! I am enjoying going on this journey with you:)

    • August 19, 2012 / 3:28 pm

      I’m glad you’re here with me :)

  3. sarwp
    August 18, 2012 / 5:37 am

    I am really proud of you, Kara. I am enjoying this blog:) Makes me feel a part of your everyday life:) And what a life it is! Wears me out just reading about all you do!

  4. misszippy1
    August 18, 2012 / 10:52 am

    I love my mellow Fri. nights before my Sat. long runs too. Even better–once that long run is behind me, I can indulge a little on Sat. night (might go crazy and have TWO glasses of wine!)

    Hope all is fine if you get an MRI. I’d guess yes!

    • August 19, 2012 / 3:29 pm

      TWO!? Let’s not get too crazy!! :) haha kidding!

  5. August 18, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    Good luck on your run! I also love Friday nights when we do nothing but lounge around in our PJs. Ha — I blame it on the work week! :) I am doing the Bronx 10 Miler too!! Wahoo!!

    • August 19, 2012 / 3:30 pm

      Agreed – I definitely blame it on the work week! Too tiring for sure!

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