Good old reliable Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. We've all had them. Although they can be rather burdensome, they are not necessarily a bad thing. Life goes on, and so does fitness...
But, first things first!
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Memorial Day Monday
For the past few years, a bunch of local peeps have gathered at the lake on Memorial Day morning. We run a few miles around the lake and then run through our local cemetery (which is right near by). We keep the run on the down-low, and are respectful of the location. This Monday, though, there was rain coming down. Barb and I were the only two to show, so we just took a walk through the paths/trails under our umbrellas. When I got back home, the rain had stopped, so I headed out for just a short 1-mile run....
**another 1-mile run
(many do this with a weighted vest)
All told, I did both of the 1-mile runs and managed the 100 pull-ups (though those were modified, as pictured). I white-flagged the push-ups after 130. Since I had a race happening later in the week (DAM to DSM on Saturday), I chose to do just 150 of the squats (half of the allotted 300). I seriously do not remember when the last time was that I sweated SO MUCH from strength work, and I felt like quite the #badass, even though I (technically) didn't complete the entire workout.
The Murph workout gave me a ginormous supply of endorphins, and although things felt sore Monday night, I didn't feel any outrageous aches or pains. Fast forward to Tuesday morning, and it was a much different story. Everything from the waist-up hurt, and it took me several minutes of grunting and deep "cleansing breaths" to get my pajama shirt off because I could not move, lift, or contort my arms. By mid-afternoon, my quads joined the DOMS party (probably from all of those deep squats). All I managed for fitness that day was a 1-mile walk with Max, and lots of yoga/stretching/foam rolling.
The temps were forecast to be warmer by afternoon, so Barb and I postponed our run until after work. I did get out in the early morning, though, for a walk, and my legs felt so much better. My upper-body, though, was still feeling grumpy.
Max and I got out for an early morning walk before I headed to the office. We repeated said walk after I got home. Then, we went for a 2-mile walk with the hubby after dinner. Five total miles, thank you very much...and nothing else since my upper body was still DOMS'ing.
Early morning shake-out run in the early morning sun! Finally, all muscles and body parts were feeling back to normal! By the way, did you know Friday was National Smile Day? I hope you celebrated!
The day began with a 3:50 a.m. wake-up and a 4:35 a.m. departure to get to Des Moines (an approximate 50-minute drive) for the DAM to DSM 20K. Being a point-to-point race course, all runners need to ride shuttles to the start line, and the last bus leaves at 6:00. Scattered storms were in the forecast, but the morning was pretty clear when we arrived. The air was quite humid, though, and some light rain did break through for a short while, but it was minimal. None the less, the race went great under the new management company! Not a PR for me, but definitely one of my better finish times (especially considering the heat, humidity, hills and numerous photo op stops LOL). Stay tuned, I'm hoping to have the race recap posted in a few days.
A short shake-out run in the early morning (in the new D2D race shirt, none the less), and all things felt great. Seriously, this is my coffee...a beautiful sunrise, ZERO traffic, plenty of birds singing and no aches/pains from the previous day. There's also some extra walking and plenty of garden squats on tap for later. Don't be jealous.
In case you missed out, here's what happened on the blog this past week:
Here Comes the Rain...Again
My First Murph
So...Let's Runfess Already
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair on Instagram! Did you see this week's featured outfit? They're not everyone's gig, but I love cold shoulder tops! I'm especially drawn to the more dressy blouses....because they can be "dressed-down" with the right accessories. Of course, I'm all about distressed denim, open-toe booties and chunky jewelry as well. As usual, you're welcome to join me on Fridays...grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and play along.
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