Tuesday, July 24, 2007

At The Zoo

No running on Monday. I woke up that morning with a sore and swollen right ankle. I'm perplexed. Perhaps trolls came in the night and kicked my ankle? I'm thinking it may have been something I did while gardening on Sunday. I dunno... I ended up doing several loads of laundry instead. Today I did several unweighted squats, lunges, and calf raises. Per Fitday, my food is okay, calorie wise, but could stand to be better ratio wise ( carbs, protein, fat). I need more protein. (Must put the M&M's down...)

There's an 8 mile run in a few weeks that has sparked my interest. It goes through a hilly Balboa Park and parts of the San Diego Zoo. My running has really tanked lately, so I wonder if a change of scenery would get my psyche reved up again, therefore making my runs more effective. Plus, the 8 mile run would fit in with half marathon training. That flu I had a while back really took the wind out of my sail, and I'm having a tough time getting back to things as they were. I'm back to feeling physically great but the running is another story. I know this "down-shift" is a part of the running thing. All runs can't be fabulous. Writers have "writer's block." I have "runner's block."

Anne has bestowed upon me the "Rockin' Girl Blogger" distinction. Cool! I guess I'm supposed to bestow the honor to someone else who hasn't had this distinction yet... I'm not sure if these three ladies have been honored yet, but I pick Evelyne - for the hard work she's doing and making fantastic progress with eating and working out per Body For Life. My next choice is Chantal - for training for her first half marathon, sticking with it, working hard and getting in those tough long miles. Last, but not least is Katie, who has a blog I can leave open when my 4 year old grandson (who is learning how to read) is standing behind me trying to read the letters on the computer screen, and Katie started working out with a trainer and is kicking some major bootie and seeing the much sought after progress. There are other girl bloggers who are very noteworthy but many of them have been recognized. There are also a few guys who have great blogs but I don't know if there's a "Rockin Guy's Blogger" award out there.


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Pat said...

Sorry to here about your ankle. My ankle sometimes hurts if we put the sheets on the bed too tight. If I don't have enought room for my toesy to stick up, my ankle gets bent funny.

Check your sheets.


Evelyne said...

Awwww. I don't know what to say. How cool is that??? I'm a Rockin' Girl Blogger! Whoo-hoo! Thanks so much Irene, that just made my whole night better!

So sorry to hear about your ankle, hope it's just temporary and will be all better really soon.

We all have those slumps. Geez, sometimes mine have lasted for months at a time. You just get through them and realize that maybe your body is trying to tell you something. Maybe you just need a little break. You're in fantastic shape, so I wouldn't worry too much. You'll bounce right back in there really soon.

PUT DOWN THE M&M's!!! Those things are EVIL, I tell you. I have some saved up just for free day. I can't wait.

Miss Rachel said...

Yea Rockin' Girl Blogger!!!

(song - Simon & Garfunkel)

Anne said...

I'm doing the 8-miler, even if I am driving all night to get there in time. It looks like a fun course -- and a wee bit difficult. I'll be doing pre-registration signups at RRS this Saturday from noon to 2, if you want to stop by.

Oh, and be careful. The talk at track last night was about the woman that got groped on Mission Bay by the vagrant that later was shot and killed.

KatieFeldmom said...

That 8-miler sounds fantastic and would be a definite change in scenery ... hello -- lions, tigers, and bears ... can't get anymore different than that!!!

Hope your ankle feels better.
Teehee on the "runner's block".

And big WOW for the Rockin' Girl Blogger distinction. I feel so honored.

And I'm so glad that your grandson reads. If you haven't checked it out already, have him go to www.starfall.com. That is an excellent website for beginner readers. He will love it, I promise!!!

Irene said...

Hmmmm, I never thought about that but you might be onto something there! Plus, my cats are known to sleep at my feet, so that could be another thing. Thanks for the idea.

You deserve it and more! You are really working hard! I think it's the time of year. It's warmer. Id rather be doing other things...

Miss Rachel,
Winner! I wasn't sure if anyone was going to get it!

Thanks for all the info. I'm pretty warry about when/where I run, which is why I don't use an Ipod. There are a lot of creeps out there, though, so we always have to be alert.

I think the zoo run will be interesting. There's an 8 miler and a 3 miler. I think I might go for the 8 since I need the mileage. I have to watch the blogs I read. There are some fantastic women bloggers who workout and have the physiques to show, but they use fowl language regularly. If I have the little guy reading off letters of four-lettered-words behind me then it's not a good thing. I really appreciate your blog! Thanks for the starfall site!