Sunday Sweats [12/22-12/28]


Monday: I was all jazzed about officially beginning training for my spring races, only to have a completely unspectacular run. Later that night I hopped on the trainer for an episode of RHOBH (this is how I bribe myself to ride my bike now).

Tuesday: Woke up early to get my workout in before we left town, since I knew that would be my only opportunity. About halfway through the workout I realized I had forgotten to move up in weight for one of the exercises, and by the end I realized that I was actually supposed to move up for all of the exercises. Can you tell I don't normally work out at 6am?

Wednesday: Another run I was super pumped for, since we were at home and I got to run in Portsmouth! Except it was WAY warm (70*, and the only bottoms I brought were long pants), WAY windy, misty, and overall just disgusting. I felt soggy the gross the whole time - definitely not the welcome home run I was looking forward to. I felt good for the first minute and then horrible pretty much every second after. First 3 miles were 8:01, 7:54, 8:22, so not bad...but then I was tired and my stomach hurt and I wanted to just quit and sit on the sea wall and look at the water and think about how I didn't want to push myself anymore and I wanted to throw in the towel on a 1:45 half and be happy with my 1:49 and not even do Shamrock at all. Six walk breaks and 2 miles at 9:58 and 9:35 later, I finally finished the 5 miles I had scheduled.

Thursday: I was determined to have the run I wanted so I gave myself permission for my run to be whatever it was going to be that day. I told myself to think less and do more. I ran where my parents live, down a wooded road to the main boulevard home to chain restaurants and a shopping mall. The scenery was entirely unremarkable, but it didn't matter. Changing my attitude made all the difference.

Friday: Rest day. Ben and I went to breakfast, shopping, lunch, the movies, and had Christmas with his family so there wouldn't have been time to work out even if I had wanted to.

Saturday: Up early again to get in my long run before we left to go back to Blacksburg. I ran some of my old marathon training route and it was nearly perfect. The map looks crazy because of all of my back-and-forth and zig-zagging - I love and miss that. I think I hit just about every street in Olde Towne. The first 10 miles felt pretty great, but by that point I was really regretting not bringing any fluids or food with me to refuel. My legs were starting to feel tired and heavy and it was a bit of a mental struggle to get through the last 2 miles, probably due to lack of energy more than anything.

Sunday: I figured out the BEST way to pass time on the trainer: playing Threes on my phone. That hour flew by! Pumped my tires beforehand, and I don't know how this makes any sense, but I really do seem to ride better on full tires, even on the trainer. Did NROLFW afterward in between prepping dinner and cooking dinner.

Pits:
- Running fast was hard.
- Zero yoga was done.

Peaks:
+ I think I may have had a breakthrough this week about my race plans for the spring…although I can't be sure and am afraid to share lest I get burned. I need to give it some time before I know if it's real or not.
+ My long run was so great!

Goals for the Week:
  • Cross my fingers that Princeton doesn't open before I head to NJ in 12 days (!!!), but register if it does ;)
  • Figure out a time of day that works for me for running. I think that may be contributing to some of the luckiness I've been feeling.
  • Decide whether I want to run a 5k on New Years…and, if I do end up doing it, PR the shit out of it.

4 comments :

  1. The weather has been all over the place here too! I went for a walk in shorts!
    I love a New Year's 5K! I ran one last year and it was such a joyful way to start the New Year.

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  2. I don't know if I said this last week or not, but I think I want to start doing these in the New Year. Maybe just leading up to RnR. Anyway. I'm glad you're resolved to sign up for Princeton either way! But I definitely can't wait to check out the course with you either. 12 days you say?? Ahh! We've already talked about this week's crappy run(s), and I don't have much better insight to offer now, but I'm glad you had this breakthrough. Hope you feel confident enough to tell me about it soon so I can properly cheer you on!

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  3. yay for the great long run!! If you do the New Years run Im sure you'll rock it!

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  4. ooooh I'm intrigued about your breakthrough. Sorry about your sucky runs, but that is awesome about your run on Thursday and changing your attitude. Before we went to NYC I was really pushing myself and being disappointed in myself, so I decided to just relax in NYC and just enjoy running. I was super pumped to come home and run on the 26th but I dislocated my knee (ouch) on the last day in NYC so I haven't run since. So mad. It'll be fine in a couple of days though, so I'm hoping to run this Wednesday or Thursday.. we'll see.

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