New Week, New Me

Ah, I found my mojo.  As soon as I let myself “have the week”, I wanted to run.  Ha.  Saturday was a slow but steady 4 miler, and Sunday I went out for some speed-work.  Sometimes taking off the pressure and remembering that running is a choice and a hobby really helps.   For me, anyway.

I did not sign up for any half/full marathons this fall, because I  had no idea what my running future held after breaking my ankle.  So I’ve just been winging it each week, running what I want and what feels good.  But I’m ready for some direction, and I want to get my mileage back up to at least 20 miles/week.  So I did what I do best: plan!  I wrote out my running schedule for the next month and a half.  It was very satisfying – I like having a box to check and knowing what miles need to get done.  I was very careful not to increase the mileage too quickly, obeying the 10% rule (don’t increase your weekly mileage by more than 10% in one week).  I would never (err normally) break the Golden Rule.

Today’s run:  4 miles in the perfect August heat.

Anyone else get as much satisfaction ticking off boxes as I do?

AQ. 

Post-Hawaii Depression

…it’s a real thing.  I thought I was jet lagged, but it’s been over a week since I got home so that’s not much of an excuse.  Maybe I’m experiencing fatigue from a severe decline in Vitamin D, though more likely I’m detoxing from the fabulous family I was surrounded by for a whole week.  Either way, I can’t get out of bed.

It’s bad.  I only got in 2 of my 3 weekday runs, and though that doesn’t sound terrible, each run was such an effort.  It felt like I was running with bricks tied to my ankles. For serious.

So, when I slept through my alarm this morning for my third run of the week, I decided to give in.  I am clearly recovering from something, be it a week full of activities and fun, missing my family, or both.  I’ll take the weekend to relax, sleep, and run if I want.  When Monday comes, I’m going to be back at it, and with a much better attitude.  Fingers crossed this plan works!

Here’s a glimpse of what I’m missing…

I’m a pretty lucky lady.  When I get down on myself or the state of the world, I just remember these smiling faces; they can turn any frown upside down.  Of all the things I am thankful for in my life, this bunch is at the top of the list.  And the great news is, my family keeps expanding!

What are you most thankful for?

Have a great weekend!

AQ.

Progress Is Progress

Workout Recap

Saturday:  I ran downtown to meet my friend for bagels (Bagel Bob’s for fellow New Yorkers) which was a 5 mile run.  This was the first 5 miler I had done and while it went well, it wasn’t easy.  I did wear my watch, and though I was overall so happy to be running 5 miles, I was very aware of how much slower and harder the run was.  But progress is progress, and I know it will take time.  I will get back to my prior level of performance, and hopefully surpass it. Patience, Annie.  So, as I said, it was 5 mile run, and I averaged a 9:36 min/mile. 

Sunday:  I intended to get up for an easy run and my conditioning class, but when I stepped on my foot in the morning it was a bit sore and very stiff.  Reluctantly, I made myself a cup of coffee and crawled back into bed to read (such a terrible alternative).  Coffee and reading are two things that will always make me feel warm inside.

Monday:  Woke up without any pain and headed out the door!  I ran a solid 3 miles in 27:27 (love the symmetry) which is a 9:06 min/mile.  My watch is acting crazy and kept auto pausing for no reason, so I may have gone a bit further.  Regardless, it was a beautiful, cool morning in the city.  I took some pictures because I couldn’t resist.

So pretty, isn’t it?  I just love running and I love NYC.  Best way to start the day!

I am traveling this week for my sister’s wedding (eek!!) so will be absent for a bit.  Enjoy your week and your runs!

AQ.