Since my hamstring was acting up I committed to taking a week long break from running. Hamstring certainly stopped screaming at me. On Thursday I had signed up for a local 5k, so with 8 days of rest I decided I would still run it - but make sure that I didn't push it too much. The race is called the Full Moon 5k and it starts at 9:00pm on the evening of the Full Moon. It was well run - a fun little local race - organized by my shoe store, Movin Shoes and there was a raffle at the end . . . but I didn't win anything ;-(
I didn't run with my Garmin, because it was dead - and I was actually glad that I didn't have it with me because then I wouldn't "know" my speed and I could simply run based on how I felt. There were volunteers at mile 1 & 2 yelling out the time. Mile 1 was 9:05 and mile 2 was 18:20 . . . so I kept a pretty good pace for mile 1 & 2, but then I did slow down - I knew it and I was OK with it. The final run into the park, was a pretty steep hill and my hamstring was making its presence known, so I took it EASY. Final time was29:34 . . . 5th out of 18 in my age bracket - I am OK with it and really glad that I ran. I will be doing this run again next year.
I will probably try and run a little tomorrow morning and see how the hamstring feels. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
As always, I bike at least two days a week to work. Thursday, was my second day of the week to bike and just like every other day, the first thing I always do is pump my tires. When I took the pump off of the stem - the air just leaked out. sppppppppppppppppp! I thought about changing the tube, but decided I would simply ride my husbands bike. So I pumped up his tires and biked to work. At the end of the day I loaded my stuff up, hopped on the bike and just as I was exiting our parking garage . . . I head that familiar sound sppppppppppppppppp - yup 2 flat tires in 1 day. Called husband, who was driving home and he stopped an picked me up. Who gets 2 flat tires on 2 different bikes on the same day!
Today, was the 50 mile Boys and Girls Club ride. I used my road bike and glad to say I had NO FLAT tires! I road with a co-worker. There were 3 "pretty" good size hills - I kept pedaling, but it was slow. We finished in 3:10 - for an average speed of 15.8. Felt strong (other than the hills - and actually I didn't feel that bad on them). It is a great fundraiser for the local chapter of the Boys and Girls club.
This afternoon, Todd (husband) and I went to a local bike shop and picked up 2 new tires for his bike, they were pretty worn and replacement tubes for his and my bike and then we changed tires and replaced tubes. I am embarrassed to say, that was the first tube I changed by myself. Next week when I bike to work I will determine if I know what I am doing.
Have a great weekend and stay cool. We have an Excessive Heat Warning - Sunday - Thursday. I just looked at the national map and it looks like we are pretty much ALL in this Heat Wave Together.
Hydrate - Hydrate - Hydrate