Yesterday I rode my bike with my friend for 10 miles. I am pretty happy about that except that I think we may have overdone it a bit because I hurt. I hurt worse yesterday and spent some time with ice on my knees (and a cat in my lap – very helpful for healing).

Ice on Knees; Cat on Lap; Husband on Couch. 🙂

So after some quality time with ice bags and Ibuprofen, I started to feel better. The knees are not too bad today but I have to be honest: the butt is killing me. Guess that was too much time on a bike seat for a novice rider like myself. But, I’ll get better. 🙂

I have been doing some reading on other websites and books about the best way to train with running. This morning I was on the nikerunning site and reading about a 5K training program that they have – I have one of their sports bands that talks to a receiver thing that I put on my shoe (I do not own a pair Nikes) and then it tracks my distance, time, and a bunch of other stuff. Anyway, in that particular program I was looking at, it was showing running more than I am doing now, in a more erratic pattern. So now I run Monday, Wednesday, & Friday and this program is more like run 2 days, take 1 off, then run 3, then take 1 off, then run 1, etc. – just very different than I am doing now. I’d like to try it but my work/life schedule just doesn’t allow me to be running on all sorts of days because I run in the morning and it affects what time I go in to work. But, I am going to try following it for its suggestions on distances to run and other general strength workouts to add.

Probably the coolest research I’ve done this week involved going to the library. Well, I was already there, but still. One of my friends works in the sports publishing industry and she kindly shared with me two books that she thought would help me. One was a general sports nutrition book and one was a vegetarian sports nutrition book. David and I are finding both of them really super helpful and I’m glad that sh recommended them to and also that my library had them and I didn’t have to buy them. 🙂

Tomorrow we’re planning on doing 2 miles again – actually, we’re going to do 2 miles all week and just work on stamina and stride. Then the week after we’ll start adding distance. We’ll see how that goes.

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