Good vs. Bad Runs

Today was probably the first day out of oh, I don’t know, ONE HUNDRED that I did not immediately check the weather & temp on my phone upon waking.  I threw on my capris and pink running jacket with thumb holes (I have GOT to get another one of these and change up the outfit)  and flew out the door.  As soon as I was out there, I saw a girl run by in shorts and a t-shirt and I knew I was screwed.  You guys, I had a terrible run.

I feel bad saying that! I really want to sit here and tell you that every run I go on is magical, filled with sparkles and butterflies.  But it’s not.  And today it was bad.  With a capital B.  I was SO hot, in that stuffy, overdressed kind of way, and I kept having to stop and take sips of water at the fountains.   My legs would not move.  I had set out to do 5, but instead I capped it at a little over 4.  Enough is enough.

I did take some pictures though:

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Most days, I have fantastic runs and I come home feeling refreshed and energized.  But every run can’t be a good one.  So I take the bad ones with a grain of salt; tomorrow is another chance to redeem myself.

On a totally different note, I signed up via RunEatRepeat for “Pile on the Miles”.  It’s an initiative to reach an exercise goal of your choosing during the month of November, to avoid the holiday slump.  There are weekly check-ins to track your progress.  I set a goal to run 100 miles.  You should join!  Head over to her blog to sign up!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Halloween

Are you dressing up tonight?  FW and I are watching a scary movie while enjoying some candy 🙂

A Practice in Flexibility

Sometimes you just have to be flexible.  I would say I am pretty flexible in all areas except running (others may disagree, ha).  Once I lay out my schedule, I get very uncomfortable moving things around.  BUT.  The reality is that life is unpredictable, and sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

I lay in bed this morning working out the details of my day, including my workout at the gym.  Later in the day, things changed.  Date night was changed a bit and so now I won’t get my workout in.  [This is why I like running in the morning, however tonight I was going to go to my abs class and do sprints…]  To anyone else, this is far from a big deal.  But to me, well let’s just say I can get a bit anxious about it.   Luckily, my rational brain took over today.  What do I want to do tonight?  I want to have date night with FW And what can I do about the workout?  Do it on Friday.  Crisis averted.

Drama queen, I know.

 

Oh, and look how I started my day!  Free fruit & bagels at the office.  WOO! I can certainly be flexible about that 🙂

Breakfast

Are you flexible about changing your workouts or do you stick to a strict schedule?

Tuesday Rambles

This morning I went on my usual 5 miler around the Reservoir.  Of course, I stayed in bed for 10 minutes too long perusing the interwebs in efforts to wake myself up.  When I got out there, I really went for it, or thought I went for it.  Perhaps I was too cocky after I realized in my 10 miler that I am in fact capable of running a sub -8:00 minute mile.  Either way, I was pretty surprised when I looked at my splits:

splits2It’s fine, I ran slowly today.  But it is interesting to note that I thought I was running “fast” (it’s all relative) when in reality, I was doing a “take it easy” pace.  My body must have been feeling some sort of way.  Perhaps it’s because I didn’t give it time to wake up?  I hope I learn soon that giving myself extra time in the morning will really improve my quality of life.  And quality of runs, probably.

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He even looks cute when he’s blurry!

Last night I got to FaceTime with MQ and my cute lil nephew Khiam.  He is such a riot – always looking for something new to learn!  We got play to peek-a-boo via FaceTime and he started mocking our laughing, which pretty much made my day.  Nay, made my week.  I’m obsessed.  I tried to snap a pic of adorable face, but he wouldn’t stay still.  Typical 🙂

How was your night?  Did you have a good workout this morning?

Weekend Wrap-Up

How was your weekend?  I had a wonderful weekend relaxing in NH with my parents and brother – it was just what the doctor ordered.  I got to see my brother BQ race in the State meet for cross country.  That boy is FAST.  Seriously.  It was a very hilly 5k, and he ran it in 17:04, a PR for the course, though insanely enough, not a PR overall.  He was third on his team and 21st overall, and the team took second, qualifying for next week’s race.  He is such an inspiration.  It has been so fun to watch him improve all the years. I’ll be interviewing for him in the future and sharing his tips with you all.

Brett & WeeBay

The runner and Wee-Bay! He thinks he’s a small dog…

The weekend was spent going on runs/walks with Mum and the dogs, relaxing with the fam, and celebrating my birthday.  I feel like I’ve been celebrating all month!

Weebay

Baking in front of the wood stove post run.

Apple pie

Mum’s home-made-from-scratch apple pie. Before the top goes on…I have it every year for my birthday and it is WAY better than cake.

Bracelet

Pandora bracelet given to me by my parents ❤

Sophie

Sophie aka Lady trotting around town.

Spooky house

Me and Mum loved the spiders on this house for Halloween.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I wouldn’t be a New Englander if I didn’t comment on the weather.  So chilly and brisk out this morning!  I liked it.  I’m sure I’ll eat my words come February when all I want to do is feel the warm sun on my bikini-clad body.  But for now, it feels refreshing 🙂  Now, onto Friday Favorites!

Favorite Read

magazineIt’s filled with spooky, scary stories for the Halloween edition!  Anyone else obsessed with the New Yorker?

Favorite Outfit

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I am all about the layers this season!  I love Paige jeans.  They are tight and comfortable, AND I usually find them at Nordstrom Rack.  Check them out here!

Favorite Run

Runpic210-miler from Manhattan to Brooklyn via the Wiliamsburg Bridge.

Favorite Find

dry shampooDrybar Dry Shampoo – $20 at Sephora.  Smells good and it works.  Get it here!

Favorite Laugh

You’re welcome for that.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

AQ.

Thankful Thursday

I read a lot of blogs that include elements of gratitude.  I also read one of those “100 Things Happy People Do” (I am choosing not to share the list because it’s annoying) that pointed out how taking time to reflect on the wonderful things in your life will make you happier.  That I believe.  You can thank me later for paraphrasing the entire list into the one point that was helpful.

So back to my point, today I’m trying out my Gratitude List.  I woke up feeling alive and thankful, so it’s fitting.  I won’t be offended if you pass on this entry – it’s about to get all gushy up in this joint.

1.  My Family – I have the best family.  I’m sure yours is great, but mine is just awesome.  I’m kidding (sort of).  I am so thankful to have five siblings and two parents whose love and support carries me through everything.  AND, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins rock. 

2.  FW – What a man! How this smart, funny, handsome man ended up in my life I’ll never know.  But I am so glad he did, because he is the best.

3.  My Friends – Suffice it to say, they enrich my life more than they probably know.

4.  My Health/Running – I have not always been able to count on my health, but I am soooo thankful to be healthy and able to run the smart way.

5.  Coffee – this is getting pretty heavy, so let’s not forget how thankful I am for my cup of coffee every morning!!

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What are YOU thankful for?

 

 

 

AQ.

Pleasant Surprises

Last night I ran to LC’s house for our weekly pasta dinner.  I had mapped it out to be between 7 and 8 miles, but it turned out to be 10 miles!  Gross underestimation on my part.  It was such a great run though – despite the big purple backpack on my back – the weather was perfect and there was a slight breeze the whole time.  Here are my splits:

ImageNow, we all know I’m not the most consistent runner these days.  But I will say that since I was running mostly on sidewalks, these are not accurate.  There were a fair amount of pedestrians to avoid and lights to wait for.  Since I did not have auto-pause on (my phone is dying a slow death and can only handle so much), these times include the time I stood still at lights.

I was SO surprised when I looked down at the app (around mile 7) and realized that I had run some sub 8 minute miles – I honestly did not know that I was capable of that!  And with a backpack on, no less!  I can’t comment too much on the rest, because I have no idea which splits are more accurate than others.  Doesn’t really matter though.  I ran a solid 10 miles and my ankle was fine and I had fun.  Can’t ask for much more!

I did my shakeout run this AM because I needed to clear my head, and that was a slow run.  Definitely a run-as-slow-as-possible-but-still-run workout.  I’m cool with it.

 

How was your run today?

 

 

AQ.