Catch-up Post!

So happy to be writing from my nice, warm condo and knowing that I’ve run all my errands for the weekend and can more or less hibernate when it’s 8 degrees tomorrow. Love weekends, love feeling cozy!

Also so happy to write about 3 great workouts. On Thursday I had every intention of waking up early to run a bit on the treadmill…and while I did technically wake up, it was only for long enough to realize that I could still squeeze in a quick gym trip during work. 🙂 And it was totally the right call – one of my conference calls ended up getting cancelled, so I had even more wiggle room than anticipated. Normally I do my run-5, walk-1 cycles, but on Thurs I tested my endurance – I ran a mile and walked a minute, adding speed each time. It felt really challenging but also really great, and I got in 4 miles!

On Friday I went to yoga during lunch and it was just a great class. I really like the woman who teaches on Mondays and Fridays. I very nearly got the crow pose without falling on my face and did a back-bend that I don’t normally do, so I count that as a success!

Friday night was kind of a doozy; I wanted to go to my favorite dance class but also wanted fresh legs for my long run today and knew I’d done enough this week. I didn’t “need” to go; I wanted to go. I stewed about it and decided it was probably better to rest and get to bed early because I wanted to get my long run in early this morning – I figured I’d be better primed for a good run if I felt more refreshed.

Of course I ended up not able to fall asleep (and only did once I took a Tylenol PM) and turned off my alarm when I got up – it was just still so dark out! Funny how that doesn’t bother me in the summertime but somehow in the winter it’s just such a disincentive. I decided I’d run in the afternoon instead.

I went to brunch as planned, to meet up with my running partner from the marathon – we hadn’t seen each other since our last training run, so we had a lot to catch up on! I ordered a breakfast burrito because I figured it’d give me a good blend of protein and carbs. Afterwards I ran my errands. By the time I got home, I really did not want to run – even though it was in the high 20s (which feels nearly balmy in January!) and sunny and not terribly windy, I just wasn’t motivated. You know what got me out the door? The new leggings and gloves I bought at Athleta last weekend! I knew I’d want to wear them for the half next weekend and “they” always say to test out your race outfit before you actually run it, so I figured I had to at least give the new stuff a shot. And not only were those leggings awesome (they’re the Sonar style, in case you too are in need!), but I was super fast today!! I don’t know if it was because I was cold and just wanted to get the 8 miles over with, or because the wind was in my favor, or because I was well fueled from brunch, but whatever, it was my fastest 8 miles in recent memory and I felt GREAT!

So we’ll see how it goes next weekend. Part of what helps me on my training runs is being so familiar with the territory; whether I run north or south, I have little landmarks to look out for to pass the time. I’ll definitely check out the half path map closely, so I’ll have a sense of where I’m at and where I’m going next, but it won’t be as straightforward as my usual weekend runs. Which of course is a good thing because I definitely won’t be bored! But for me, sometimes it’s harder to stay motivated in unfamiliar terrain.

I think I’m ready though -I know technically I can finish, just need to actually do it! My goal is to break the time from my last half marathon, last April. I’m pretty sure I can do it, but you never know how things are actually going to go on race day!

Anyway, I am homebound for the rest of the weekend, aside from some gym classes tomorrow. Happy Saturday – hope everyone is warm!

 

 

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