I’m feeling pretty refreshed this Monday after getting to spend some of the weekend at the place I still consider home in Connecticut. It’s always nice to escape Manhattan, and when I don’t have the chance for awhile, I tend to get a little bit antsy, so I took advantage of the opportunity during the one weekend in February I didn’t have a ton of plans. I don’t have much to report on the running end of things. I took it easy again this week because of how I was feeling the week prior. But I’ll share my usual weekly workouts and updates anyway. And some photos of Sasha, because when I’m home I spend all the time with her that I can.
Monday: Rest day (and working from home, so real rest!)
Tuesday: 4.4 miles
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: 5.1 miles
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 8.4 miles
Something that’s definitely made my running more relaxed, in addition to the lower mileage, is that I’ve left my Garmin watch at home for the past couple of weeks. I wore it for my 9-miler a couple of weekends ago, but I decided that it was better not to focus too much on time or pace while I wasn’t feeling at my physical or mental best. And I think it was the right choice, there will be time enough for that when I begin marathon training.
I’ve tried to take the time this week to step back and gain a little perspective. Maybe running isn’t going the way I planned this month. I’ve been overwhelmed by everything going on all at once in my life. But I want to always be able to see the magic in the world, appreciate the small moments that make life wonderful, and keeping that in mind is essential.
On Saturday morning, I woke up after an amazing 9+ hour night’s sleep, saw the sun shining out the window, and got out of bed eager to greet the day. I went downstairs and had my pre-run snack, read a little of the newspaper, did some foam rolling, and checked to ensure it really was nearly 50 degrees just a week after Arctic temperatures had taken over. Once I got outside, it was slow going, and I was a bit stiff, but I didn’t care at all. A smile spread across my face as I meandered on my run. I just felt happy to be alive.
I know that life is only going to get more hectic in the weeks and months to come. Work is ramping up, I have the NYC Half Marathon in March and maybe another in April, I’m going to be thinking more about the marathon, and there are a few trips in the works starting with next weekend in Florida. But I’m hoping I can keep the feeling I had on Saturday morning going through all of it, because it’s all good. Everything feels like it’s coming together and I know I’ll get to where I want to be with my running in the time I need to. Besides, life is what happens while we’re making other plans. I’ve never been the best at embracing curveballs, but I’m getting better, and I have a feeling it’s just in time.
How has your running been lately?
Are you on track with your goals for the year or the month?
What makes you smile on an everyday basis?
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