Sunday, January 22, 2012
I know you were all trying to make me feel better when I was thinking I wouldn't do any running at this retreat, but I'm happy to report that I was able to do some on Saturday.
Friday we got a phone call in the morning informing us that Jeff's plane flight was canceled and he was going to be a little late. The late afternoon run/walk was going to be cancelled and the weekend would start with the wine and cheese meet and greet at 6:30. We drove down to Carmel and checked into the hotel. Fun little cottages.
The evening was nice. We met everyone. There were only 9 of us plus Jeff and his wife, Barbara.
The next morning, we met for coffee at 8am and headed out for a run/walk about 45 minutes later. My ankle had been a little cranky on the walk down the hill from our hotel to theirs but once we got running, it actually felt great. It was a nice 4ish miles out at back along the coast. Then we all had a little breakfast and he began going over the different intervals, magic miles, long runs, the importance of walking for fat burning, etc. We broke for lunch and then came back in the afternoon for lots of fun stories and he showed us the cadence drills and the acceleration gliders.
We had the rest of the afternoon off but not before he had made reservations for us all to have dinner together at a local Italian restaurant. That was a lot of fun with everybody talking and learning about each other.
This morning, we met again for another coffee, run and breakfast with more stories. I decided it would be best for me to just walk, so the rest of the group got ahead of me and I finally lost them. I did manage to follow them to a nearby trail but lost sight of them. They turned right and I went straight. That's okay, I ended up with a nice 4.5 mile walk/hike. My ankle was a little cranky on the downhill portions but happy going up hill. They did get back about 15 minutes before me and were kind of worried about where I was because they expected me to be back before them. Jeff also checked our form. Happily the only problem I had was that I was favoring my wonky foot a little but otherwise I was doing great. He figured that once it heals up, I'll be fine. He did say that I should keep away from the acceleration gliders for a year and just concentrate on cadence.
We checked out around lunchtime and came home.
A very nice weekend. I think we'll be going back next year :-)
I'm glad my foot/ankle is doing so well. Maybe it's finally getting over the healing hump. Fingers crossed.
Have a great Sunday night and a fabulous week.