Did a 55 minute run today. Chris (Hauth) my coach suggested I get a calf sleeve to help relieve the strain on my healing calf area. I started the run late at about 10:00 pm and noticed right away a difference in the leg. No ache! As the run progressed I began to feel it again but the sleeve helped. One thing that stood out was the location of the ache. With the sleeve, I could pin point where the issues are. Behind my knee and through the middle of my calf and on the side of my lower leg. Which makes me believe that I may have injured the ligament. Darn it, no wonder it's taking forever to heal! By the end of the run, I felt like the leg was going to give out. Yet, it held fast. I was concerned that Chris was going to be upset that I had to cut the swim workout short yesterday however he just said, "No worries."
I apologize for this next part in advance. At about 30 minutes in, I suddenly had to pee. When you get older, well. . . it happens. From nothing to MUST PEE NOW!!! I held it as long as I could but finally could not hold it a second longer and there was no bathroom in site. I was close to a tree on the bike path, I thought, "Well dogs do it all day," and looked both ways. Coast was clear! I simply could not wait so I let fly, and that is when someone turned onto the road heading my way, bathing me in headlights! So I turned away hoping they wouldn't notice what was happening. The car got closer and closer and just when I thought it would pass, it parked. Right next to me, darn it! I pretended to be dealing with my shoe while I fixed my clothes and then trotted off hoping they wouldn't call the police. . .
When you sign up for a race like a 5k, you often need to pick up your "race packet" the day or a couple days before the race. The packet will have your bib with race number on it, your timing chip, usually a t-shirt and a few safety pins. It will also usually come in some kind of runners bag and include samples of different fitness related products and future race info.
I even got to see The King!
It was a nice day. On top of all the vendors, there was a celebrity marathoner, Ironman and coach, Nadia Ruiz working the New Years Race booth! Nadia is an inspirational person and she absolutely loves running and racing. She runs a marathon about once a month and often post her healthy eating suggestions on her Facebook page. Here.
here. She is someone who is truly passionate about her sport. Thanks Nadia!
As soon as I got to the exhibit hall, I spotted the CEP booth. I saw they make compression sleeves and made a b-line for them as I needed a calf sleeve. The people working the booth were very nice and knowledgeable and quickly had me sized up and checked out. The sleeves worked great as I mentioned above.
I made the rounds looking, sampling, tasting and touching stuff and eventually was about to leave when I got the idea to go back to the Garmin booth and ask about a sponsorship opportunity. Boy am I glad I did, because I got to speak directly with the regional person in charge! No promises were made of course but it's always better to speak to a live person in these situations as opposed to just sending an e-mail. So I'm staying neutral about it. You never know!
Well that's it for now, I'm tired and tomorrow I have a 2:30 hour bike ride and a 30 minute run.I think it might be time to expand beyond the Chandler bike path as 2:30 hours is a lot of back and forth.