Yesterday was one of those days. Not the bad kind, though - just the opposite!
A big factor was the unbelievably perfect weather - a cool, dry spring morning that gave way to warm sunshine and blue skies. These are the days I live for - the days I wait for all winter - and we took full advantage, spending the majority of the day outside.
Scott was nice enough to offer to take both Dante and Carmine to Gabe's soccer game, so I was able to head out for an early-morning run.
I didn't have much of a plan in mind, but figured I'd aim for 10 or 11 miles at an easy pace. And on such a gorgeous morning, I couldn't resist driving down to the beach to run.
I ended up running most of the Blessing course, and although I started at an 8:30 pace, after a few miles, I found myself comfortably settling in at somewhere between 8:12 and 8:15. I attempted to slow down a few times, but I was honestly feeling so great, I decided to just go with it and enjoy myself - and enjoy it I did.
It was one of those runs that just felt so easy, and so effortless, and so fun. I found myself wishing I had time to go further.
The best part of the run was that my left leg (the glute and hip area), which has been bothering me since late March, felt completely, 100% normal. No lingering stiffness, no discomfort, nothing whatsoever. It was so nice to finally not have that nagging ache.
I did pay a visit to the orthopedist last week to have it checked out, and the official diagnosis was very mild ischial tuberosity bursitis, and the remedy is, as I suspected, physical therapy.
So even though it's feeling fine, I'm still going ahead with the PT, because there are clearly imbalances and weaknesses that I have to work on to prevent it from happening again. I want to enjoy pain-free running this summer, and be healthy and ready to dive into Boston training in the winter.
After the spectacular, didn't-ever-want-it-to-end run, I packed up some lunches and took the boys to the park for a few hours, came home and got Carmine in for a nap, and then spent some time in the backyard working on some craft kits with Gabe and Dante.
We didn't do anything incredibly exciting, but we just had such a nice time.
Our weekends are sometimes so busy and so jam-packed that we're just rushing through one activity after another, and I feel like I barely have time to really talk to or interact with the boys.
But yesterday we had so little planned, it was wonderful. We were able to talk and play, and on the ride home from the park, we were all singing along to the radio and joking and laughing.
I love taking them places and doing activities and seeing new things, but on the other hand, those small, unplanned moments like we had yesterday can be so much more memorable.
There wasn't anything particularly noteworthy about the day, but it's one I'll remember, and hopefully the same is true for the boys.