A Xanax usually does the trick for my nighttime anxiety, but I don't like to take it very often (it makes me feel lethargic in the morning).
Anyway, I had a pretty lazy day yesterday, because I was so tired all day. We had Joey's obedience class at 7:00, and Jerry met us there after work. It's kind of funny--I usually tell Jerry how exhausted I am after that class, because it's a lot of physical and mental work to do the obedience exercises with all those dogs in there making Joey excited; but yesterday, with Jerry there, Joey was this perfect angel-dog. He didn't bark or lunge even once, and he was SO obedient. He made me look like the biggest liar ever.
|Licking his chops after he got a treat ;)|
Last night, I slept much better--straight through from 11:30 to 4:00. I had a 6-mile run on the schedule today; and not just any 6 miler, but the Indy Virtual Training Series 6-Miler. There are three runs in the training series--a 3-miler, 6-miler, and 10-miler--an I had to walk the 3-miler last month because of the stress fracture. I was really hoping that I'd be able to run the 6-miler, which was scheduled for today.
I hadn't run six miles since December, so I just hoped that my ankle would do okay. Even though I'm sure the stress fracture is healed, I'm constantly worried it's going to happen again, or that one wrong step will snap it in half (well, that's a mild exaggeration). Eli had a basketball tournament at 8:45 this morning, so I was debating whether to do the run before or after basketball. Since I was up early, I decided to just get it over with early.
I got on the treadmill (which I haven't run much on lately--most of my runs have been on the indoor track), and set it to 6.0 mph. I wasn't sure how that pace was going to feel, because last week's long run outside was a 10:50 pace, but I hoped that I could manage it. I started the series Criminal Minds on Netflix, and I'm only a few episodes in, so I watched that while I ran. It's a good show! Sometimes it's a little slow, but when the action picks up, it's exciting.
The first three miles just CRAWLED by. I was even thinking, "Do I really even want to run the Indy Mini? I could just walk it..." (of course I want to run it). It's kind of interesting, but I've found that the hardest part about getting back to running after taking two months off is the mental part. Physically, I feel just fine; but mentally, it's really hard to get excited about running for an hour (or even half an hour).
After I got past the halfway mark, and the show started getting more exciting, the time went by faster. I even bumped up the speed for the last quarter mile, and my ankle felt great. So I managed a sub-10:00 pace for 6 miles; which, considering I took two months off to heal a stress fracture, I'm very happy with!
Thanks for all the suggestions and helpful words regarding the yoga class that didn't happen. I was really worried about even posting about it, because I realize it makes me sound ridiculous to get so worked up over something that is very simple to most people; but it was really nice to see that I'm not the only one that gets nervous over things like that.
I don't want to give up on the idea of yoga completely, because I know how many people swear by it. The irony is kind of funny: yoga is supposed to be great for de-stressing, and just the thought of it causes me so much anxiety that I can't even sleep at night, haha. I'm sure that if I just do it once, I'll realize it's no big deal and I was worried about nothing! So maybe I'll go on Thursday, even though I missed the first class.
Six days until Portland! :) (By the way, I'm meeting up with a reader on Saturday morning at Starbucks; if anyone else in the area wants to join us, just send me an email and I'll give you the details. Otherwise, maybe I'll see you at the race!)