Well, today is officially Mardi Gras, the craziest party in New Orleans! I can’t help but think about my college days when I attended school in New Orleans. My coach always managed to schedule a meet/practice during the carnival season but we of course, got creative finding ways to get in our workouts and have some fun! I found some really old Mardi Gras pictures. You have to love an excuse to dress up and go crazy over plastic beads!!
Dressed up and ready for the parades!
Wow, this is a really old pink (I’m in pink!)
My mom and sister decked out for the Bacchus Ball!
Me and hubby heading to the ball….yes, he had a good time in the French Quarter that day!
My dad getting ready to ride the floats on Bacchus!
Hubby, somewhere in the quarter w/ his jester hat!
Which also means that lent starts tomorrow and I will be giving up blogging. I may still blog occasionally to keep track of my running but will take a break from reading/commenting. I enjoy reading so many lovely blogs, but I need to unplug a little a spend a little less time on the computer!
Hopefully, this will give me some time to refocus and heal. See, my left foot/shin has really been bothering me lately. I took a break since last Friday, skipped my long run, and after my speed workout today, it has been bothering me all day. I had a great workout and hit all my targets but now I am scared that just as I began to start being able to build something, I am going to have to step back, lose some fitness, and rebuild again.
Thanks to Amanda and her lovely blog @http://runninghood-amanda.blogspot.com/, I decided to order/read Brain Training for Runners by Matt Fitzgerald. The training plans are great but when I got to the chapter on injury, he recommended a very conservative approach to injury. Basically, he advised to stop running and only resume when you are able to run pain free. I usually feel soreness during the first ten minutes or so of the workout, then am able to warm-up and get back into a rhythm and the pain subsides. But this mentally of running left me out for running for months. While I don’t want to do that, I need to find a balance so that I can rest and recuperate as soon as possible and prevent another long injury/lapse. Time is limited though as I would like to plan for another baby sometime soon. So, I know that my time to get some competitive runs/races in are limited before I will sacrifice my body for another worthy goal! Of course, next pregnancy, I want to work more to stay in shape during my pregnancy versus letting my fitness lapse. I have read so many great blogs of moms who ran throughout their pregnancy and were running great races six months postpartum! I know I am not as hard core as some mom runners, but it gives me something to work towards!
okay, so I happened to be surfing through my old files and I found this picture from college…ahhh, those were the days!