My plan was to run 10 miles, so I knew I was going to have to head out the second Jerry got home at 6:30 this morning in order to get home quickly so he could go to sleep. I woke up at 5:45 without an alarm, and finally dragged myself out of bed at 6:00 to dress and be ready to go at 6:30.
As soon as Jerry walked in the door, I left for the State Park. I would rather have gone to the Metropark, but it's a lot farther away than the State Park, so I settled. As soon as I parked, I started running an out-and-back route. Almost immediately, my stomach felt a little "off". I started debating in my head whether I really wanted to do the full 10.
The devil on my shoulder was telling me:
"You're not technically training for anything right now, so you don't HAVE to run 10."
"You have a knee injury. You should rest it anyway."
"You could always do 10 tomorrow, when you're feeling better."
"Your stomach feels crappy. What if you get runner's trots out here?"
"Just turn around now, a 3-mile run is fine."
And then the angel on my other shoulder was countering with:
"A few weeks ago, you would have called 10 miles a short run."
"Your knee will be fine--just take walk breaks if it gets painful."
"You don't want to run tomorrow; you're already dressed and out here running right now."
"If I turn around now, I will feel like I have to run 10 tomorrow."
"Worst case scenario, I can call Jerry to pick me up if things get horrible... just get to the turn-around point."
By mile 2.5, my knee was hurting. I walked the last tenth of the third mile, and then the last tenth of each mile after that (the 9:1 ratio). I had to go through a few intersections, and I kept praying that the light would be red so I could get a short break. Despite my walk breaks at the end of each mile, my knee was hurting just a minute or two later. After about 7 miles, I started to feel a hot spot on my foot turning into a blister--stupid new shoes! I never got blisters with my Adrenaline's. I stopped at a bench to tighten the laces and hope that would stop my foot from rubbing against the side of the shoe. When I got back to the car, I was so relieved to be done!
I didn't have time to do anything except drive right home to let Jerry go to bed. When I got home, I stretched and rolled out my IT band. Then I took an ice cold shower--I didn't even turn the hot water on a smidge. It was all cold water coming out, and I could barely breathe at how shockingly cold it was. I was hoping it would wake me up a little and make me feel refreshed or something. (In retrospect--what the fuck, Katie?!)
I had to take the kids to the doctor for their annual check-ups. I quickly made a German Chocolate Cake protein shake (I just realized I didn't put the recipe up on my recipes blog--I'll add another shakes page, hopefully before this post goes live today). It felt like we were waiting forever at the doctor, and I developed a bad headache. The kids were driving me crazy, in the little room while we were waiting. Finally, the doctor came in and checked them out. Noah had to get a vaccine, and they both had to get a finger poke, but everything was good.
On the way home, we had to stop and get a couple of birthday gifts. Noah is going to a pool party tomorrow, and Eli was invited to a little girl's birthday party in a couple of weeks--a Justin Bieber party, hahaha. He was not happy about picking out a gift for a girl ;)
I stopped at a local bread shop before coming home, and I bought some soup for lunch--tomato basil. I got Jerry a sandwich. After my surgery, Renee brought me some of their soup and it was amazing! I have been craving it ever since, so I used the
By the time I got home, my headache was killing me. I took some Motrin, but nothing really helped. I was extremely tired, too, and I started to worry that I was getting sick. And then it hit me...
I didn't have coffee this morning. The last time I had a headache like this was when I gave up coffee in October. Then I started drinking it again last week, and I drank it every day since. Until today. I was so busy this morning that I didn't have any. So I was completely exhausted and headachey all day. I must just be extra sensitive to coffee or something! And for those of you that asked, decaf doesn't bother me at all. If I went out for coffee with a friend, I would just get decaf and it was fine. At home, I drank green tea. I think I'm going to switch back to green tea instead of coffee--my stomach will thank me for it. But I was loving how energetic I got with the coffee!
I've been hooked on the show Unwrapped on The Food Network. My kids love the show too. We watched an episode this afternoon about movie theater treats. I really need to stop watching that show! I always want to go out and buy whatever they feature on the show. Today it was the Cookie Dough Bites that got me. I even went to Kroger to get some (hey, I did run 10 miles today!) but they didn't have any :( I know I saw them at Target before, so I will probably pick some up next time I'm there. Do any of you get suckered into buying crap you see on The Food Network?