Friday, October 21, 2011

Back from a Break

I put off posting for a bit. Mostly because life got slightly insane and then husband and I went out of town for a wedding.

Baby bean completed his first race with me on October 8th. He did a great job, like he usually does when we run. There was no stroller division, but if there was, we would have won. This year was only the second running of the Fallen Soldier 5K which benefit the families of two soldiers from my husband's field artillery regiment who were killed in Iraq in 2009. One of the soldiers was my husband's rank and my sister's age (he would be 23). I knew who his wife was among the spectators before the major introduced her at the awards ceremony. A tragic loss stays on your face and in your composure for a long time. The major presented her with a folded flag that had flown in her husband's honor over the Pentagon. I could only imagine the memories of the last time she was presented with a folded flag.

The next day I had a great 7 mile run, but there was a segment on CBS News Sunday Morning about how the remains of soldiers are transported home. It followed a National Guardsman's wife from Oklahoma who's husband was killed in Afghanistan. She's now a single mom of a young son. It was a bit much for me. Watch the video here.

On a happier note, last weekend I got to spend a few days on a Gulf Coast for my friend's wedding. It was a such a fun time. We spent a day on New Orleans before going to Mobile. Overall we drank way too much and had too much fried food, but it was great. Running wasn't really a priority, but the Marriott in Mobile had one of the best fitness centers I've ever seen so I did work out a little bit. Not much. 

I spoke too soon last time about my back. Throughout our trip last week my SI joint was incredibly painful, especially while on the plane and walking around. Oddly though it didn't hurt while running. I think all of the cramped sitting on the plane was the problem.

Now it's back to reality. School is crazy and husband is about to leave for a 1 month training at Ft. Sill Oklahoma so I'll be a 1-parent show. Hopefully I'll get 2 decent runs in this weekend because it probably won't be a priority for at least a month.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Small victory :)

Nothing major, just a quick celebration. Today and Monday I ran 4-4.5 miles in my Merrell Pace Gloves. These are my longest runs to date in my minimalist shoes. *knock on wood* I have not had the typical SI joint and piriformis pain that usually plagues me while running. My feet actually look stronger. The new faster cadence has been easier on my body and it's become much more automatic.

My goal is to run the Fallen Soldier 5K on Sunday in my Merrells. 

Thank you Sir Churchill :)