Wednesday was a BIG day in the World Of Jen. But, before we get to that, soccer.
I know I have said before how proud I am of our soccer team, but I REALLY mean it! Remember, our second-year program is in its infancy and we live in an area removed from the metro area which means we have ONE player who plays club soccer. One, out of the 21 on our roster. Logan has played since 4th grade, but I could never talk him into club (he was only interested in playing with his friends).
The #1 ranked team in our region came to town on Tuesday. Honestly, my only hopes for the game was that we could contain them defensively (somewhat). Our boys played AMAZINGLY! We actually kept possession of the ball for a good chunk of the game, AND we scored TWO goals on them! One was a beautiful shot from 35 yards out. Logan said that on the field it looked to be going out, then curved into the goal. It really was a mouth-watering play. Our next goal came off of a corner. There was a disputed play in which our fans (and coach) felt a goal was made, but it wasn’t acknowledged by the official. And then there was that missed Penalty Kick. The score ended up being 2-6, but the level of play that our boys displayed still has me beaming with pride.
Logan headed this ball in the right direction (can you feel me smiling?). I was beyond proud of the way he played Tuesday evening. He played all 80 minutes of the game and did a great job at defense! I do think my camera may be sick, however, after using it in the freezing cold last week. I’m going to see how it acts during the daylight and decide if I need to take it to the camera doctor or not.
I think we all know by now that I have a serious peanut butter addiction. I bought a 40 oz jar and opened it on Monday. It’s 1/4 gone already. In 3 days I have managed to consume 10 oz of peanut butter. (That’s not much, right?) I bought this recently but didn’t crack it open until yesterday (mainly because it required stirring).
OH. MY. GOSH! I have admitted my weakness for all things caramel. This combination is just unfair. The only thing that may save me from devouring the entire jar in one sitting is the sweetness of it. It is VERY sweet. (I may or may not have dipped into it twice yesterday.)
Now for the News of the Day!
Yesterday was a BIG day for me. I had my appointment with my myofascia guy. We always talk beforehand….he wants me to give him my personal assessment of where I am and let him know what has been going on. Then, the real test is if I have managed to interpret my body’s signals correctly. Well, folks, I PASSED!!! Maybe I actually DO listen to my body? He agreed that my ITB was much better. He agreed that my glutes were not as tight. My tissues released MUCH easier and more quickly than in the last visit. I know I still have a battle ahead of me to get things working smoothly again, but there was something even MORE exciting that I didn’t even expect….
He always tests my glutes to see how they are firing, since the glutes tend to “go to sleep” in long distance runners. And….mine are usually “asleep” when he checks! LOL!!! (He has this resistance thing that he does to “wake them up” and wants me to do it at home but it requires a partner. So far, Taylor is the only person in my family who has been able to do the partner part correctly…and she is usually away at college.) Back to the glute test…. I have never seen him as excited as he was after the test. He said that my glutes were stronger than he has EVER seen them!! Do you know what that means? All this strength work IS making a difference!!!
At the end of my visit, I asked him if he thought it was time for me to get back on the road. He said YES!! Of course, he emphasized to take it easy and I explained my “start-from-scratch” plan. What does this all mean? I plan to run on Saturday!!!! I’m excited, but anxious. And I solemnly swear to take it easy!
Happy Rainy/Snow Mix Thursday!