That’s the truth.
Can’t get Hot Chocolate out of my head this morning…
But the song title is an appropriate one because I get to announce the winner of my Infinit Custom Nutrition giveaway!
Drum roll, please…
Congratulations, Lisa W., on winning a phone consultation and your very own custom formula. Lisa is training for Boston Marathon (full disclosure: she used to live near me and we were trail-running partners, but she moved to California last year. We follow each other’s blogs to stay in touch.)
But like I said, everyone’s a winner, because you can get 10% off your own custom formula from Infinit! Just enter the code “racingtales” at checkout.
So I had a little setback in my training this week. After running a lot of miles Sunday, several of which were at 5K race pace as part of a Valentine’s relay, my legs were tired. This is where my uber-competitiveness gets me in trouble. This was just a fun relay with my training group but I wanted to WIN. So I ran hard. On tired legs. Never a good combination. Lesson learned.
Tuesday I could feel my calf talking to me on my tempo warm-up. I nevertheless started the first tempo mile (stubborn) and spent 0.75 of a mile telling myself to stop. I finally listened to my body and jogged home. It was a hard wake-up call. When I started back running after the last injury I was religious about the post-run stretching and icing, but I’ll admit that I’ve been lazy the past couple of weeks.
As the run distances have lengthened, my time for recovery has shortened. On several occasions I’ve gone straight from a run to a strength class without even stretching, and one time I had hardly even cooled down from a track workout. Another time, after running 7 miles of Manassas Battlefield hills, I jumped straight in my car and drove home. Not any more. I am recommitting to my stretching and strengthening routine. Either that, or I know I’ll be out of Boston.
So there’ll be a lot more of this in my future: