I did a 20 minute strength session before heading out to run. By the time I headed out the door, the rain started falling so I grabbed a hat at the last minute. Good thing I did because by mile 3, I was totally drenched.
I brought this Gu Rocktane with me for midrun fuel - a freebie I snagged at the McKenzie River 50K.
My right hip has been hurting the last few weeks (front, side and back of the hip) with every step of my runs. Today, it was a pain from the very start until mile 7 or so when it started hurting a little less (or maybe I was just too wet and close to done to care).
One thing I knew for sure was that I needed a serious stretch and foam roll afterward.
After taking a warm (I nixed the ice bath today) epsom salt bath, I spent about 20 minutes foam rolling, stretching and using a ball to try to release some of the tension in my hip and hamstring.
If you ever have some deep, nagging tightness, using a ball can really help get pressure on parts you can't get with a foam roller. It's almost like your personal deep tissue massage.
This is a lacrosse ball (I played in college), but a lot of people use tennis balls. I like the lacrosse ball because it's much harder so I can get more pressure. I've also heard good things about the trigger point foam roller from Aron.
Now that it's officially October, I made my first pumpkin recipe of the season! I found the recipe by following the link on a photo I saw on Pinterest of Pumpkin Donuts w/ cinnamon sugar on top.
No photos were taken, but you seriously need to make them. I made mine in a regular size donut pan and they came out huge, but I'd love to get a mini donut pan as these would be the perfect bite size treat.
Did anyone else buy their first cans of pumpkin or pick up any fun fall decorations or foods this weekend?