Have you heard? I AM ON VACATION FOR THE WEEK!!! WOOHOO!!
I decided to stay in town for the weekend to have some decompression days at home, run some errands, do laundry and clean the house…isn’t it the best to come home to a clean house after you’ve been away?? So I leave this morning for the cottage, won’t be back until next weekend (as long as the weather cooperates) and will have no access to internet while there! I’m both nervous and excited for that last bit!
Last I told you I was asking my coach if I could take this week off from running to try and heal whatever is going on in my right leg. As I suspected, he said YES and to get myself to physio ASAP if it wasn’t better by the time I got back…and then sent me another email basically telling me to go regardless! LOL!
I awoke Saturday morning to a GORGEOUS day (although Abby INSISTING on waking me at 6:15am was NOT appreciated) and we walked through the “Enchanted Forest”.
And then I went on my long run. Calm down, I know, I know, WHY did I do that if I’m so injured. Welllll…I didn’t know my previous run was my last one, so I didn’t get a chance to appreciate it as such…hahahaha. We runners can justify anything, right?
But I shortened it. I was supposed to do around 13 miles on Saturday but I shortened it to 10 miles (yes, that IS shortening it!!). My leg was really bothering me when I first got out of bed and slightly improved after walking Abby, but there is not much difference in discomfort whether I’m sitting, walking or running. Again – another way I justified the somewhat illegal run.
My run was good. This was taken along the Ottawa River with the Parliament buildings on the left and the Supreme Court of Canada on the right.
I felt like I was running strong and it wasn’t until mile 7 that my ITB really started to bug me so I slowed the pace a bit. In the end, I ran it in an avg pace of 7:36 min/mile which is pretty darn good as far as I am concerned! And then I literally spent the next 90 minutes on the foam roller and therapy ball. By the end, that ball had spent time with every square inch of my right butt cheek! LOL! And it actually felt A LOT better. No, don’t worry, I’m not going to run again for a week.
As I’ve mentioned before, Ottawa got a new foot ball team. We originally had the Ottawa Rough Riders (1876 -1996) and then the Ottawa Renegades (2002-2006) and now we have the Ottawa Redblacks…which I think is just about the dumbest name and my theory as to why those chose it (rather than the hundreds of other submissions that had historical connections to Ottawa) is that it’s easily translated into French (Le Rouge et Noir d’Ottawa – see, just as dumb in French!). They built a new stadium and there has been much hype about the team. My dad got season’s tickets and two weeks ago was the home opener to which my brother got to go with my dad. Saturday night was their second home game and I went with my dad.
We have great seats!
Let’s get something clear. I DO NOT follow football (yes, I can hear some of you yelling at me!) and I know really only the basic concept of the game but even I could see that we have just about THE WORST team you could have. The only way to make it worse would be to have me as the QB. And I’m kinda being serious. Want some examples?
- We pretty much gave a standing ovation near the end of the first quarter. Why? Oh, because that was when we got our FIRST down of the game! Did you get that? With 4 mins left if the first quarter we got our FIRST DOWN.
- Quote from 10 year old boy sitting in front of me: “It’s not a down, but they actually caught the ball!!”. Yup, we cheered when they CAUGHT the ball.
- Same boy 5 minutes later, “They caught the ball AND there wasn’t a penalty called!”
- Although I don’t have the stats to prove it, I’m fairly certain that the number of yards they lost from penalties (how many times can a team get called for too many players on the field in ONE GAME?!), quadruples the number of yards they successfully moved the ball forward.
- In the 2nd quarter we attempted a field goal but it was short (are you surprised?), the opposing team caught it and proceeded to run ALL THE WAY DOWN THE FIELD (112 yards to be exact) for a touchdown. I’m not kidding. And I kinda cheered for them. It was awesome. Haha!