Or should I call it the Arctic Blast edition? Man it is so cold here, and while I know March isn't that far off this has still been so unbearable. It looks like things with break for a day on Saturday (thank goodness, more on that) but after that the cold comes back for a few days. Oh well, I shouldn't complain after my trip last week, should I?
Anyway, here is what is going on with me this week:
*Ugh...I'm injured! Well, sort of. After doing so much walking and standing on our trip, my lower back was starting to get sore, and the 15-hour plane ride home finished me off! My back hurt so badly on Saturday that I made an appointment to see the chiropractor Monday morning. As usual, my Sciatic joint on my right side is out of place, so I had an adjustment on Monday and another tomorrow. It's not a BIG deal since I've been dealing with back problems since I was 18 and know the drill, but just uncomfortable.
Although I'm feeling better, I've only run once since I got home. That felt pretty good and my back didn't hurt at all (it's more when I bend over and shift my weight to the right side of my body), so I'm going to run again tomorrow afternoon. If that goes well I'm still going to run a 5K in Chicago that I signed up for Saturday, but real speedwork and a long run may have to wait another week.
Like I said, I'm well-versed in back issues, although I haven't had as many problems over the last few years, I'm just a bit frustrated because I thought the last 2-3 weeks I'd built up some pretty good momentum in my workouts and was starting to feel faster. When that happens you want to keep that going for as long as you can!
*Earlier this week I joined a running club/racing team! Dick Pond Athletics is one of the premier running shoe stores in the Chicago suburbs, and a big supporter of local runners and races. I've bought plenty of shoes from them over the years, and have always been happy with their help and expertise.
Recently I found out they had formed the Fast Track Racing Team, a club for runners of all abilities (thankfully) that not only offers group runs and coaching, but they run as a collective team at local races. I am a member of the Chicago Area Runners Association, but I was also looking for a club to join out my way, and one of their stores is just about 10 minutes up the road.
I'm looking forward to running with them this year, it will be a good chance to meet people and see some familiar faces at races.
Here's a favorite picture of mine, this was taken after the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
Next to my wife Darcy, Matt is one of my best friends and it has been such a joy to be a part of his life. He's doing really well at school (got a 3.0 the first semester) and after sorting through whether or not he wanted to run track this season decided last week to join the team (he was recruited to run track and cross country). He's also getting a lot more active on campus and starting to enjoy college life -- we even went to a basketball game together two weeks ago. Fortunately, Benedictine University is only about 30 minutes from Bartlett so we get together every week or two for dinner. It's nice to catch up and stay close.
The weekend is quickly approaching and I hope to have a race report from the Mardi Gras Chaser 5K on Saturday! Looking forward to running it, I haven't had the chance to run a race since early December!