Yes, my friends, I ran the first half of my run yesterday with about 10lbs of books strapped to my back. And although I had made sure to tighten the straps as much as I could, the backpack wouldn't stay in place. It kept swinging from side to side- almost like I had a small child strapped to my back who was trying to dance with me (though that would probably have been much more adorable and less of a pain in my ass, literally). Not only was my bag trying to waltz with me the entire way to the library, but as I continuously kept turning down it's advances, it every now and again would slap me in the behind.... just in case I forgot it was there. I ended up having to grip the straps the entire time I ran so the bag would stop it's swinging and stay closer to my body.
On top of running with a rather frisky bag, I was running uphill for part of the second mile... and all of this was while running INTO the wind. Can a girl get a break?! I mean, honestly. As much as I enjoy the wind keeping me cool, trying to run against it is so NOT conducive to trying to make my goal time. Once I unloaded all of my books, I felt SO much better. My return run was partially down hill, and with 10lbs less on me, I felt like I could run almost the entire way. In actuality, I ended up walking the last mile because somewhere between the dancing bag, running into the wind, and my freedom I managed to pull my groin muscle.
When I got home, I immediately did some butterfly stretches and sprayed on some Icy Hot (I LOVE that stuff!). It's still a little sore today but feeling better. Thankfully, today is a cross training day so my poor, abused body can rest a bit. I did 42 minutes on the elliptical plus some arm and ab work. My legs are not happy with me currently but I honestly don't care. They're going to have to get used to it sooner or later.
As you can see, I have changed the name of my blog. Kurt and I were discussing it and we think that although Cupcake Confessions was a fantastic name, Bigger Girls Can Too is much more on topic (considering that running has slowly but surely enveloped my life).
However, I am sad that now some of my gadgets don't work correctly. My "Followers" gadget says that it is not functioning and I have no idea how to fix it. I have deleted and re-added it to no avail. And there is no helpful information in the Help section. *Sadness* If anyone has any advice, it would be greatly appreciated, otherwise I will just have to leave that off my page (and I really don't want to do so).