Foam Rolling and Fall FTW

One of the weird issues I've been trying to self-diagnose and work through the last few weeks is weakness/tightness in my left quad. I was snooping around on the internet for potential causes of my mystery knee pain and found some references to a correlation with weak quads. Since I've always had leg muscles, or at least room for them, I never thought I could have a weakness there but boy was I wrong. I've been doing some wall-sits to try and toughen and balance them, but mostly I have been weeping while laying on top of my foam roller. Turns out my left leg is just a giant knot of pain. Last night after my run I got down for some cringing and maybe some tears, but I have to admit my lefty has has been feeling better and more balanced lately. Stupid foam rolling, always the solution.

 This is exactly what I look like, but I cry way more. 

This is exactly what I look like, but I cry way more. 

No run tonight, so I'm experimenting with beets on a pizza and catching on my library book stack. I finished up The Stranger by Albert Camus yesterday and started up Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham promptly thereafter. It was on a huge display at the library last week so we'll see how it goes.  I recently finished #GirlBoss by Sophia Amaruso and Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle. I think I heard about Wolf from Beth at Shut Up and Run, but I can't find the post to link to her thoughts on it, sorry! I always try to throw in books I've never heard of when picking up from the library. I have no idea what The Adults is about but I liked the picture on the cover. That's the way you're supposed to do that, right?


I can tell it's getting closer to fall since my library book stacks are getting worked through faster and it's feeling more like evening when I get home instead of that summer afternoon feeling that lasts so long in the summer. I'm excited coming off a non-existent training cycle to start the upswing going into fall instead of the other way around as I'm usually coming off of summer races. My girls and I have been going back and forth on some fall/winter runs and they sound amazing. I cannot wait!