My massage this afternoon was very nice. Again, I had a lot of tightness in my left hip and left calf, thus the manifest IT pain around my knee, but she said she felt like she was able to loosen it up some. Plus, she was very positive about my plan for the next 10 days: equal parts rest, cross training, short runs. So, if I decide I need to see her next week, I can schedule something and she said she'd fit me in no matter what, but she said I probably didn't need another session before the marathon. Oh yeah, and I can resume foam roller-ing (so I can resume "humping" that thing, hey Wendy?).
So, the session had me feeling very relaxed (as a side note: she has these two cute little white dogs -- terriers, I think -- and they really love the human attention, so one followed me into the bathroom when I first got there and the other spent the entire time I was on my stomach staring up at me through the table's face hole; it was cute), and it helped restore some positivity about Chicago. (Although, she said she should smack me for running the 17th street bridge last Saturday -- twice. Did I mention that before? Yeah, that wasn't so smart.)
When I got home, Erin called and we determined to cancel our walk for the evening due to heavy thunderstorms. It's been raining heavily here for the past few days, and we knew we'd get soaked if we went out for a long walk. Therefore, I determined to continue the relaxation that started with the massage and I did a little yoga (my own sequencing), did my core work and my leg lifts and then took a nice, long, hot bath. Ahhhh. Nothing like a rainy evening to make the day feel cozy and comfortable: perfect for the "rest" part of my plan.