Friday 5 – This and That

What a week of juggling this has been! This was the first time since my boys started school that they’ve had different vacation schedules: my 8-year old was off this week while my middle schooler was not. So you can probably appreciate why I’m clinging to my coffee mug this morning πŸ™‚

No Running — That’s right in the midst of this somewhat chaotic week I couldn’t turn to my runs for a sanity check. I’ve been resting my knee since I was hit with that surprise pain during last Saturday’s run. I had originally planned to wait until Thursday to run, but it still wasn’t feeling close to fabulous so I’m holding off until tomorrow.

Strength & Core — In the absence of running, I’ve been squeezing in core work and doing the strength exercises Coach Bennett wanted me to do. Doesn’t do nearly as much for the sanity-levels but oh so important!

No Toeing the Line — Thanks to all of you who weighed in on my question about my upcoming 10-miler. As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’ll be taking a pass. So it looks like I won’t be racing until April when I run the B.A.A. 5K and the Newport 10 Miler – gives me time to get this knee to behave.

385Great Gesture — Speaking of races, I got a great email last week from the race director of the Narragansett Summer Running Festival. He had come across my recapΒ from last year and loved that I had run this with my son as his first race. He invited us to return this year with complimentary registrations! Seriously, how cool is that! My son was psyched so we’ll be running this one again πŸ™‚

AltrasNew Shoes — After eyeing these for a while I finally decided to order a pair of Altra Intuitions! Given that these are zero-drop and I’ve been running exclusively in Kinvara 4s, I will be rotating these in slowly, starting with shorter runs. More to come!

So tell me, how was your week?

I’m once again linking up with the DC Trifecta – be sure to swing by and show them some love!Β DC_linkup





  1. Thanks so cool about the race entry! Awesome πŸ™‚ I have a pair of Altras as well that I’m going to start rotating in — I kinda want to wait until after my marathon, though πŸ™‚

  2. Sorry you had to back out of the 10-miler due to the knee but it’s probably for the best. Is this your winter break? Seems like an east coast thing. We have our winter break at Christmas then Spring break a month from now. Can’t wait!

  3. I love that you got a free race entry! How awesome! I hope you knee gets better quick! I’d love to know how the Altras work for you. I’ve been thinking about trying a pair.

  4. hope the knee feels better this week after some rest!

  5. Having two different vacation schedules would be rough! Sorry to hear about your knee, but hopefully the extra rest will pay off soon!

  6. Visiting from the Friday Link Up! Complimentary registrations – best gift ever! I hope to someday run with my boys. My oldest is 5 and we are doing his first 1 mile fun run in March. Rest that knee and I hope you are back at it soon. Have a great weekend!

  7. Wow, that really is a great gesture for the race director to give you guys free entries. So cool!

  8. I think that was probably a good decision about the race.

    How cool about Gansett – that’s awesome!

  9. This week wasn’t bad. A bit too sedentary for my taste but we made it happen and did some good work in the gym!

  10. so cool about the race entry!! I can’t wait to try out my Altras but I’m waiting until my foot heals. Can’t wait to see how you like them!

  11. To be given complimentary registrations is really nice! What a great RD!

  12. I have those Altras and am dying to give them a try – can’t wait to hear more about how you like them! I decided to wait until after the Disney races this past weekend to test them out.

    Glad you are playing it smart with running and getting in core workouts!

  13. Chris Theis says:

    I also run in the Kivara 4’s and have been looking at the Altra Intuition 1.5… I was going to go tomorrow and check them out. You will have to let me (well all of us πŸ™‚ ) know what you think!
    I’ve read alot of great things about them.

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