Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Seattle RnR & Biking
I have to apologize for not posting much lately. I've felt rather boring & out of the blogging-world since I realized I couldn't run. With traveling and work and trying to work on other personal goals, I haven't been reading blogs nearly as often either. :(
These weeks of rest are apparently working for my hip - I'm able to sleep on it at night and walk/climb stairs without pain now. I haven't dared try to run - I'm actually scared to run now. :| I've made the decision to skip the Seattle Rock n Roll Half - which was supposed to be my first. Jess - from Blonde Ponytail - will be running w/ my bib. I know it's for the best, and will make the See Jane Run half in Seattle - basically in my neighborhood - my first. I'll be running with Kerrie, who is already practicing her supportive mom/drill sergeant speeches for me. :)
I was going absolutely STIR crazy not doing any physical activity, so I did cave and get the bike. I've already put nearly 50 miles on it (and invested in my first pair of padded shorts. WHEEEEE!) I kind of really love riding it, but I'm making sure to avoid all of my normal running routes. (Nothing would be more depressing than running a route that I had biked at 4x speed. BLEH!)
I got those fancy clip-in pedals, which has taken a TON of getting used to. I've fallen over once because I unclipped my left shoe...then leaned to my right to stop. WHOOPS. Of course a car was right there to watch it all. I also crashed in the middle of the street, but came away unharmed, thank God.
I took a long ride (17 miles) on Sunday morning, while it was still super nice out in Seattle. There were a TON of runners out, all with their hydration belts and handhelds.
A good number of them were taking healthy walking breaks as well - I was kind of glad I was creating my own breeze for myself. :) I did a couple of laps of the trail by my house, then headed over to Husky Stadium.
I fell in behind a couple of more experienced bikers, and basically copied their speed through certain parts of the trail. It was a GORGEOUS morning, and I made sure to tell the ladies I saw out on the trail 'Lookin Good!'.
According to my Garmin & online calculators, I burned nearly 900 calories - holy beans! I was a bit stiff in my quads and butt, but nothing in my hip. Workout jackpot!