Saturday I was up bright and early - actually had to wait for it to get light out and then took off on my bike. I had a great 12 mile ride on my favorite route. It was sunny for most of it although a little cool. I haven't figured out the whole dressing when it is cold thing on the bike. You don't quite warm up in the same fashion you do running - at least I don't. When I was on my wonderful "canopied" road for some reason I started thinking about bears. It isn't absurd because it is heavily wooded and not crowded. I am sure I started thinking about them because I was alone but I saw no bear. Instead I came upon about 5 turkeys who were not particularly thrilled to see me and quickly headed into the woods!
When I got home I quickly changed and headed into school to tie up some loose ends before Tuesday. Then I headed to Boston with my friend H who was taking me to see Wicked for my birthday! How great was that! We got there in good time, checked into a hotel and headed on the train into Boston. We had time to go to Quincy Market where I had a delicious bread bowl of clam chowder. We also watched some street performers and enjoyed the atmosphere before we headed to the theater. It was a perfect night for walking around, a beautiful breeze after our unrelenting heat this week. I can't say enough about how outstanding this show was! I still have the songs going through my head. It is one I would go back to! Today we took our time driving back, doing a little shopping on the way. I got a new toy, a gorilla pod, which I will write more about later. H was very nice to listen to me go on and on about my 100 on 100 race. I showed her where I had run my second legs both this year and last year as we travelled down Route 100. I was equally patient with her as she explained all the characters and guest stars on Glee to me because that is what friends do!
Yummy Clam Chowder
When I got home I had planned to go for a bike ride. I did not want to go! The idea of reading, watching West Wing, eating, sleeping, almost anything was more appealing. But there is nothing wrong with my exercise ethic so off I went. I decided that I would do my minimum number of miles (10) with no guilt. It did start raining as I was riding but not pouring. Eventually though I did start thinking about how I wrecked my Ipod in the rain so I put my camera in my bike bag, not just my waist pack. I had bought myself a gorilla pod (my newest toy) and that was part of the motivation for my ride. I wanted to try to use it with the self timer. But when I was at the place I had wanted to stop the rain was too heavy. Then the rain slowed down and the sun was out so I stopped and looked for a rainbow. It was BEAUTIFUL! Okay now it was time to play with the gorilla pod. I was right in the center of town and looked a bit like an idiot but I didn't care. It is harder on a bike to set the camera, turn around and ride back toward it than it is while running. I must say though I was having quite a good time doing this! The pictures I got don't show the rainbow that well but it really made my ride. It turned a ride that was good into a great one!
Beautiful double rainbows
Trying to get myself in the picture with the rainbow in the
background. I got a lot of guardrail! I need more practice
with my new toy!
Hurrying to get in the picture - first shot goes off as I am
Okay I make it into the second shot, not quite where I want to be but I am there.
This is where my bike lives - with the tractors and lawn mowers!
My chiropractor and I have mutually agreed that I will take a couple of weeks off from running and then reassess. I am not healing fast enough. He is also going to send me to a physical therapist to strengthen muscles. I actually feel encouraged to try something new plus there is absolutely improvement. Just not enough for running. If I didn't have my marathon coming I would feel better about it all. I haven't completely let go of the idea of being in the marathon but I need to. I have never gone into a marathon not fully trained. To go into this one with the training I have had would be foolish. The good part would be if I could do some fall races I might otherwise not. There are two races in the next two weekends that I love. Oh well. Better to get better to race in the future than never. Right?
I have noticed that I have lost a couple of followers. What is that about? Am I too boring? Do I not stick to running enough? I feel I do a great job commenting on blogs of people who comment on mine so that can't be it. Oh well. I have all I can do keeping up with the blogs I follow. Perhaps others are cutting down to keep it all in check!