Maybe it's because I'm leaving for Japan Tuesday, but I feel like time has been flying by lately. This week was filled with training, treatments, babysitting, housesitting and errand running. There were a number of days where I had to skip a nap because I simply had too much to do in not enough time.
Training has been stellar. Though I have been a bit tired this week I have managed some amazing sessions that I am really proud of. It gives me a lot of confidence heading into the next series of races. I've been dealing with a tight hip and hamstring for a few weeks now, but one trip to a physio and I'm almost as good as new. One more visit before I leave and I'll be as good as new. Just some nigglies from all the hard training. To be honest, it is kind of nice to have my body react to the fact that I'm working so hard. It is a testament to the fact that I've never been through anything like this in my life.
Last Friday I got my hair cut. The goal was to get it cleaned up and keep the length but the stylist kind of went to town. She chopped quite a bit off. The peanut gallery says it looks cute, but I'm not really a fan. I think I don't like it because it is too short to just pull back in a ponytail. I'm still trying to sort out how I'm going to wear it when I race so that it fits in my helmet. Fortunately, that is the only concern because otherwise, hair is hair, and it grows back.
Since Wednesday, I have been housesitting for the family that I normally babysit for. They have 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs and fish. A real zoo! As if that many animals is not work enough, one of the cats (poor thing) just got a tooth pulled so I had to play "nurse" to it all week. Let me tell you, trying to get a cat to willingly allow you to squirt medicine into its mouth is not really the easiest task. Not to mention the fact that cats scare me a little bit. I just don't know what they are thinking and I really have no desire to get scratched or bitten. It took a little coaxing, but I eventually got it to take the medicine. The dog, still a puppy, doesn't sleep through the night and insists on climbing up and down, on and off the bed, at all hours. Honestly, I think it needs some ritalin.
So, a few more training sessions today and tomorrow, a whole lot of packing and organizing, more errand running and before I know it, I'll be off to Japan! I can't wait to meet up with my brother and to make my World Cup re-debut.
Oh - in other news - head to the Injinji Store ... recognize anyone?? Also, keep your eyes peeled for me in Runners World in this advertisement for Injinji. The photos were taken back in November (a while ago now) and it's great to finally see them used!!