On Monday morning I ran 5km. I forgot to take a photo until after I was changed and in the bath tub so here is a photo of Luke Bryan's butt courtesy of Country 105's twitter feed. This is better then anything I could have posted. It was a slow run as my shins were still sore from my weekend biking adventures. I also did a :60 plank and spent 3 hours walking around Pearce Estates Park, Inglewood and Reader Rock Gardens. It was a pretty good day.
On Friday I was just planning on doing a workout and not a run. I don't normally run the day after migraines because I end up throwing up in Fish Creek and that my friends, is never fun. But I figured since I waited until supper time to do it I would be ok. I got 5km in but it was tough. I was still dehydrated from lack of both food and liquids the day before and I didn't drink enough today to make up for it. I was sweating profusely and my head started throbbing but I made it home without throwing up which is always a good thing haha. I came home showered and had supper and then did some stretching.
10 bosu crunches
:60 bosu plank
10 bosu burpees
10 bosu balance squats
50 bosu mountain climbers
10 bosu single leg dead lifts/leg
10 bosu front lunges/leg
10 bosu side squats
Repeat as many times as you want. I did it once and I was done. It is so hard to do these things on a bosu ball especially if you lack balance and coordination like I do haha. It was fun though and I enjoyed the different workout.
After my bosu workout, I spent a lot of time stretching. I got a massage a few days before the SeaWheeze and ever since then I have had severe pain and stiffness behind my heel. So it's kinda like my calf, ankle, achilles and heel since I have no idea where it starts and ends. I don't notice it when I am walking or doing normal things with my feet but I notice it when I run. Actually, the second I put on my Altra Intuition's I can feel the tightness start immediately which is very discouraging. So I really have to make a point of stretching my calves and most likely it all starts and ends with them. While I am fantastic at stretching and rolling out every other muscle and body part on my body, I am intrinsically awful at doing my calves. Greg gets on me about it all the time but I rarely listened but now I really have to. I have spent hours researching ways to get these to loosen up and hoping I can resolve it by actively stretching and not have to visit Shari. I have 5 weeks until the Harvest Half so fingers crossed I can get it under control by then. Another thing I noticed I do with my feet is that when I run or wear normal shoes I clench my feet and toes up but when I wear flip flops I clench my feet down and it's causing major pain in my toes and the ball of my feet - especially on my right foot. I don't know if I need to eliminate flip flops to see if that helps or not. The internet is not a good resource to stretching out toes other then tennis balls or golf balls. I don't have a tennis ball and I can't find my golf ball and my lacrosse ball does not do the trick for this. Perhaps a trip to walmart to get a tennis ball will be in order today.
So I ended up going to Walmart this morning and I bought both tennis balls and golf balls. The tennis balls were too big for my small feet so I need to return them. The golf balls were the perfect size but they were all plastic, hence the $3 price tag for 12. I put my foot on it and it nearly squashed it hahaha. However, I just kept using my lacrosse ball to loosen up my toes and I did tons more stretching. I went out tonight and my feet hurt so bad I thought I was going to cry at some points and I was feeling very discouraged about my run the next day.
I woke up really tired this morning and not wanting to run at all but I figured if I get it done now, it is out of the way and I can spend the rest of the day doing nothing or something completely different. When I put my shoes on, I was surprised at how good they felt. Yesterday when I put my shoes on to do my bosu workout, my heel/ankle/calf/achilles hurt so bad but this morning it was almost like it never happened. Almost but not quite but still like a thousand times better then the day before or even the last week. I ran a really good 8km and my feet didn't hurt. So now I need to really focus and be consistent in my calf and achilles stretches so that it goes away completely and never comes back!!