Yesterday was a very nice day and I decided to take the kids out as a treat for working hard all week. When outside, I often play with them- jump rope, chase, basketball, etc. A few of the kids were doing the monkey bars. Monkey bars the regular way is a bit easy for them, so I was telling them to try to grab every other bar to make it more difficult. They weren't really understanding what I was saying, so I decided to show them. BAD IDEA. I climbed the ladder to the platform and grabbed the first bar. I swung off the platform and -BAM- my feet hit the ground like a ton of bricks, jarring my spine. Okay, that hurt badly. Apprently, if you are above 5 feet tall, you have no business on a playground. I immediately grabbed my lower back as pain radiated upward. As any experienced runner would do, I wondered if this would be an injury. Curiousity killed the cat as I decided to jog a bit around in circles to "test it out." All seemed okay, just a bit painful. The weird thing is that sitting hurts the most. Go figure. Moral of the story- act your age.
In other running matters, despite last weekend's disappointment, I had a fairly strong running week. Coach told me to take my workouts easy to make sure I started next week fresh. I had three key workouts this week:
Tuesday- 12 hill repeats (didn't run these full force, about 75%)
Thursday- 9 mile progression run @ 7:29, 7:25, 7:21, 7:14, 7:13, 7:09, 7:01, 6:40, 6:35
Saturday- 18 miles @ 7:40 (didn't push it too much b/c I was nursing the back and remembering coach's words of wisdom)
Total miles for the week (after tomorrow's easy run): 68
I just want to thank everyone for your kind words about last week's race. I am feeling MUCH better about things and have resumed my old work ethic. In my heart I know that hard work WILL pay eventually.