1. I can't remember the last time that I was physically so in need of a rest day and a recovery week. I can remember feeling mentally burnt out quite a few times in the past and taking rest/recovery for those reasons, but I can't remember ever feeling this physically drained. It's a different kind of tired, too - post-race soreness is more sharp from a hard effort, post-long workout soreness is more of a hungry kind of wiped out. Last week I built up to a pretty big weekend, and when I finished my Sunday workouts, it was all I could do to get food down before climbing in bed. This is a deep-in-my-muscles kind of exhaustion which makes me not even a little bit antsy (so far) to go swim, bike, and run. Instead, I want to be nice to my body with warm clothes and water and sleep and cooking real meals again. I'm pretty sure this is the desired result of a proper block of training. Let's not examine why I haven't experienced this before any more closely.
2. All the puppies got haircuts this weekend, but Molly is the only one that looks like she did it herself. Mohawks are in.
3. I'm not going to say that my shins have stopped hurting because if I do, they will start hurting again - that is, if they have even stopped. So what I am not saying is, my shins have stopped hurting. But I'm currently in a 2-shoe rotation where every other run gets every other shoe (Newton Lady Isaac and Brooks Ravenna) and my body seems to be pretty happy about it. I'm spending a lot of time these days doing things to try and make my body happy, including experimenting with my diet as I'm learning that food is not just calories in and out but can actually affect things like inflammation, recovery, and sleep. Ridiculous, I know, but my investigation so far indicates that it's true. I'll keep you guys updated to what I find out.
Happy Tuesday! If you had a long weekend, how was it?