I had the wonderful opportunity this past weekend to meet up with the Carolina’s Team Challenge group in Charlotte. Jarrod and I drove out there Friday night in order to be able get up early for a run with the group and hang out with everyone at the send off party. Our Team Challenge coach was kind enough to let us stay at her home with her four (yes, four) dogs.
This was one of the first times this season that I got up early for a long run, since I’ve been doing them more of mid-day or even later on in the day. But we all took off about 8:30 a.m. for a 14 mile run. Now I wasn’t planning on doing 14 miles, since I’ve been a little behind, but I was hoping to do 12.
I mentioned last week how I started having a lot of pain in my back and legs. It got better throughout the week, but was still bothering me some on Saturday. I started off slow, trying to build up to a better pace… but I never got there. For about the first two miles I was able to keep up a job/walk pace, but was still moving slow. After those first two miles, I hardly could do more than a walk with a brief jog thrown in there. By the end, I was just walking. I ended up making it 7.7 miles, but it took over two hours and I was in a lot of pain. It was very frustrating.
But on some advice from my coach, I am taking it a little easy this week, focusing on cross training, stretching and strength training. In fact, last night I attended my first hot yoga class. Wow, I did not know what I was in for. I knew it was going to be intense, but I did not think it would be quite that intense. I think I sweated more in that hour that I ever have in my life… probably combined. But it felt really good. I was able to stretch some muscles that I’ve been having trouble with and I felt very… light (?). I’m not sure if that’s the right word, but I felt good.
I also just want to say what a great time I had getting to see everyone in Charlotte. The Carolina’s team is truly a great one and I’m saddened to think this is the last season. There were so many people out there I hadn’t even had a chance to meet before and many who I haven’t seen in a while and I’m looking forward to running with them even more. (Hopefully running, that is.)
GO TEAM CHALLENGE CAROLINAS!