Yesterday, after my run, I calves were sore enough that I decided to try foam rolling (something that I know people swear by, but I just can't get into it). After doing that for a minute, I remembered that I had gotten "The Stick" when I was at the Heartbreak Hill Half, which would be much easier to use, so I decided to try that instead.
The muscles on the sides of my shins and my entire calves were sore, so I pushed as hard as I could stand with The Stick to roll it out. It was really painful, and actually brought tears to my eyes, but I was willing to try anything. And surprisingly, it worked! When I woke up this morning, my shins and calves felt pretty much back to normal.
A few people suggested it was probably from running with Joey, and they may be correct. That was actually when the soreness started. I'd been wearing the same three pairs of shoes for several months, so I knew it couldn't be my shoes (and I track my mileage in each pair, so I'm not wearing shoes that are overused).
I've noticed that my right shoulder has been sore almost constantly, too, and that's probably from holding the leash when I run with Joey. So, anyways, I hope that my body gets used to it and I don't feel sore from it anymore. But I'm going to continue to use The Stick, because I was really impressed with how well it worked on my legs!
Nathan, my younger brother, made a huge decision a couple of days ago... he just registered for an ULTRAmarathon! If you're not aware of the crazy that is an ultramarathon, that would be a race distance over 26.2 miles. He ran his first marathon in October, and this September, he'll be running a 50K race! (A 50K is about 31.07 miles). And it's a trail run, which is much more difficult than a road race.
He registered for the Freak 50K at Run Woodstock in Hell, Michigan. I love that it's in Hell--so fitting for his first ultra! I told him I'd do the Hippie Half. I just can't imagine training for an ultra in August--he's nuts! But I'd be happy to cheer him on. The Hippie Half is also a trail run, which is totally new to me, so it should be interesting to say the least ;)
The Run Woodstock weekend of races looks really fun. They have something for everyone--a 5K, 5-Mile, 10K, Half-marathon, full marathon, 50K, 50-Mile, 100K, and 100-Mile. The 5-miler even has a "natural" option, which means to run it nude! Hahaha, you couldn't pay me enough money to do that. The races take place over the whole weekend, so a lot of people bring tents and camp out. It sounds like a lot of fun!
Speaking of Nathan, we're working on a little project that I'm excited to share. I met him for lunch today to talk about it, and hopefully I'll get a post up by Monday about it. I've mentioned before that he has PTSD after serving the Army in Iraq; and now he's ready to share about that in the hopes of helping others who may be going through it, or have a loved one who is.
Just the fact that we got together for lunch today makes me so happy! A couple of years ago, that would have NEVER happened. He was very closed off, and we weren't close (despite the fact that I would have loved to be); but running has changed him so much, and we have a great relationship now.
Eli just gave me his report card, and I thought it was hilarious when I looked at it. I guess he thought I wouldn't notice his Reading grade wasn't as uniform as the others? ;)
I texted the photo to his teacher, who thought it was hilarious as well. The actual grade was a B-, but he apparently thought he deserved an A. When I asked him about it, he was honest... he said that it was a B-, but his teacher made a mistake and it should have been an A. (My mom said he handwriting should have been an A, because that A he wrote looks pretty darn good! haha)
The kids are off school tomorrow and ALL of next week for spring break!