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?
…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!
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!