Low point of the week:
Running Tuesday morning and the Cankle getting pissy again.
Consequently, the PT told me not to run the rest of the week which was fine considering the time and money I'm putting Into Cankle rehabilitation and wanting a successful long term outcome. It was amazing how crunchy my ankle was when the PT performed Graston on it later Tuesday. The unfortunate part is that while the tendon is seemingly ok, the sheath around it is being ridiculously stubborn and asides from my PT exercises, and icing at home- time is the only thing that will heal it.
Highlights of the week:
Going to the Green City Market Chef BBQ again.
Think of it as a much classier version of the Taste of Chicago. Or the "TRUE" taste of Chicago.
We got to have small plates from Cookies and Carnitas, Spiaggia, Honey Butter Chicken, Rick Bayless, The Chopping Block, Pecking Order, Sable, and many others...
Saturday I completed my first open water swim (OWS) ever!!
I survived my first OWS and didn't get attacked by lampreys!
I plan to go out a few times a week to continue to get more comfortable in the open water.
Later on Saturday I ordered some food from my favorite Japanese restaurant. CB wanted my bacon wrapped tomatoes! Stinker!
We watched a rebroadcast of the Ironman Asia Pacific championship, Melbourne and I got all choked up and and had the thoughts of how I must do this one day. (Like I've had for years and years) Patience. Also, I must learn how to swim much much better and get a road bike and overcome the cankle..sigh.
Another highlight of the week: was spectating the Rock n Roll Chicago half with Vicky and CB. I've ran this race the past 3 years, and while it stung a little to not participate, I was excited to cheer on my friends.
Then we saw Shalane Flanagan fly by!
I also got to see Ken, Pete and Kimberlie having a blast on the course. They all look fab for this being around mile 13!!
Vicky, myself, CB and Joe. Fleet feet cheer & racing teammates.
We migrated over to the finish and watched Shalane zoom past us again to take 1st woman and 5th overall.
We also saw Adriana Nelson (15th woman at Boston Marathon 2014, 1st woman US Half Marathon Championships 2013) pacing her husband to a strong finish!
I've lost track of all the races I've spectated/played photog at this year. But I hope that supporting my friends in their adventures is building up my good karma bank so that when I eventually return to running I'll be injury free for a long long time. ;)
Honestly, I just enjoy being around the race atmosphere and seeing people striving for something better and achieving their goals. It's so freaking inspiring!