Week One Complete!

Remember those hot pink shoes I was telling you about??

Remember those hot pink shoes I was telling you about??

Yay!! My first week of training for Run the Bluegrass is complete! I know I don’t move as much as some of you (probably all of you) but I pulled down a solid 6.46 miles this week. Pretty great for not having legitimately run since October. I’ve been making sure to only run the mileage that’s laid out in my training plan (all whole numbers), any additional that you see is from walking back and cooling down. So far it’s gone really well and I’m very pleased with my progress.

January!

January!

One of my lovely friends from college has also decided that she’s going to do the Run the Bluegrass race and I’m so friggin excited about it. She’s coming down from Indiana – and it’s a great excuse to spend time with each other. She’s running the half though, and I’m a weenie running the 7 mile rookie race, but we’ll still be out there together!

Look how artsy I am.

Look how artsy I am.

Today was not a great run. I can always tell when I’m not having a great run because no song on my playlist seems to work. When I’m having a good run it doesn’t matter what is playing because I’m cruising and having a good time. But today I kept skipping song after song, and then I would only listen to a minute or so before I got bored with it. But it’s alright. I just kept my head up, kept breathing and trotted along.

Yeah, this was how I recovered when I got home.

Yeah, this was how I recovered when I got home.

I also had a great time with the foam roller today. Recently I’ve just been targeting my calves but today I did calves, quads, IT bands, and glutes. I did ten rolls on each area on each leg x 2. And then I think I threw some extra calf rolls in for good measure.

By extra rolls, I mean that Joel sat on my legs and rolled my legs for me.

By extra rolls, I mean that Joel sat on my legs and manually rolled them for me.

Joel's version of foam rolling.

Joel’s version of foam rolling.

I also thought of another great commercial (series) to share as a parting gift. Enjoy.

xoxo

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5 thoughts on “Week One Complete!

  1. runnerbydefault says:

    I agree with Colin. A run is a run in my book too! Great job!

    I have a question for you: I notice in pic that you have a headband on. Is it one of the no-slip kind? Does it feel totally comfortable to you? I bought one and the front doesn’t slip but I feel like the back is going to flip up the whole time I am wearing it. I think I might have a weird shaped head. Everyone wears them with no problem. Is it something I need to get use to or was it comfortable right away?

    Sorry, I know it’s a weird question but it has been driving me crazy!! Thanks for any info!!

    • amandakash says:

      Haha, that’s not a weird question at all. Yes, it’s a BIC band and it’s a non-slip kind. I’ve also tried Sweatybands brand and I have the same conclusions for both:
      1. My head is too big because they usually give me a headache if I wear them for prolonged periods.
      2. They don’t slip (USUALLY) but the bigger width bands tend to curl up on the inside edge and make me look like a sailor or something.
      3. They’re super expensive and the ones I made myself work just as well (I wrote a post about it a while back), but they’re not as pretty and refined.
      4. They’re really hard to get on if I already have my hair up and it’s kind of frustrating.
      Overall I like them but they take getting used to. However, since I typically only wear a headband when I’m exercising, I don’t have any problem grabbing a cotton one and throwing some bobby pins in it. The elastic ones with sticky material on the inside stick to my head but only if my hair is parted. The stretchy ones with the rows of traction do not stay put in my hair. The non-slip ones from Lululemon not only slip, but are also super tight on my head.

      So there’s my two cents, haha!

      • runnerbydefault says:

        Thanks for your two cents! I couldn’t believe how expensive they were either! That is just crazy. Glad to know that I am not weird and that they don’t fit everyone else perfect. I was beginning to wonder.

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