December 27, 2012 by toheaveninahooptie
I was at the LSU lakes/in the general area three time yesterday. (for a run, for a walk, and for a hangout) I should just set up a tent, really.
My first order of business was a long run to try some of running presents from Christmas:
Maybe it was because it was my first long run in what feels like eons, but that was the best run ever. It kept me entertained because I mixed up the route a little (this ended up accidentally getting me lost right in front of the frat of the guy I met at a party Friday; things like this just seem to coincidentally happen ;)) Miraculously, it was 40 degrees today, unlike the 75 degrees it was Christmas Eve (wtf, Louisiana) so I wore my hoodie. I usually get hot on runs, so I wore it without a shirt anything; just sports bra and hoodie which turned out perfectly! The iPhone arm band thing worked well for it’s purpose. My only issue was that it was confusing to start/stop RunKeeper and impossible to change the song. It didn’t slide around or mess up my phone, so I’ll use it in the future for sure. I’ll just have to get used to looking like an idiot when I’m starting/pausing/stopping my running app! (Garmin watch in my future?!)
I came home to stretch because I accidentally set off my car alarm in the parking lot and took like 5 minutes to turn it off. After that scene I valued my pride too much to get out again and stretch at the lakes. Once home, I stretched like I usually do then tried this thing:
I’ve done foam rolling and seen other people use this stick contraption, but I have to say that I honestly have no idea what the hell it is. I rolled my calves, quads and hamstrings until I felt a knot, then I rolled until the knot felt better. No idea if I did this correctly, but I guess we’ll see. This was technically my dad’s Christmas gift, when he opened it he said “What’s this? Something you use with your partner in the bed room?!” That’s about how much I know about it, too.
After my wonderful run, I showered up and took our dog, Frank, on a walk because it was his sixth birthday! We listened to “Birthday Sex” on the way to and from the walk to get in the mood. We did the 3.5 mile lap of the lake at around 5PM which was the perfect time of the day for a walk!
After the walk, my best friend Amelia came over and we exchanged Christmas gifts. They were both very well thought out, sweet, and funny. I love Miss Melier with my entire heart to the moon and back. After this we were planning on going to our friend Nick’s house like we do so often, but he said we couldn’t come over yet so instead we went to the skate park and called Greg (frat from the party) to come meet us. Surprisingly he did and it was nice to see him outside of the party setting/jungle juice state of mind. After a couple hours of hanging out with Greg, we went to Nick’s and had just as much fun as we always do there.
I adore running and I love my friends. It was a fantastic day/night/early morning/morning after!
What fun/weird/crazy memories do you have with your friends?
What are your favorite running tools?
How do I use “the stick”?!