If you can believe it, I’m coming at you with my last weekly workout recap of the month of April! This month felt like it was going by slower than the first few of the year while it was happening. Then spring finally settled in for good late enough that it feels like we’re heading straight into summer and I don’t know where the time went. Which is what I always say.
Monday: Rest day after the MORE Women’s Half Marathon
Tuesday: 4.5 miles
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: 5.2 miles
Friday: Slow Flow yoga class
Saturday: 6.3 miles
Sunday: 7.2 miles
After being cranky and rungry all day last Sunday, I knew I needed to take it easy Monday. What I didn’t know was that I would have delayed onset soreness. I felt much better Monday than after the NYC Half Marathon when I pounded the pavement hard towards the end to get my PR and could barely walk down stairs. But Tuesday morning, my planned shakeout was incredibly slow because it was only then that I really started to feel it. I have no idea what my pace was, but it felt close to 11-minute miles. I wasn’t much improved on Thursday, and it was only during my Saturday run that I felt actually shaken out. Which is probably because I went to Slow Flow yoga on Friday evening after work, a rarity but a welcome respite.
This weekend was the first one where I was in the city by myself, with no major plans, no races to run or epic blog photography sessions to complete or dinner parties to host, for pretty much all of 2016 thus far. I had brunch with two friends I hadn’t seen since my dinner party in February, got ice cream with another, and Skyped with two who live far away. I read an actual book straight through. I watched the latest episodes of Nashville. I ran and walked and soaked up the sun. It felt good to just “be” for a couple of days. And to eat an entire frittata the size of my face at Green Kitchen.
Next weekend I have a good friend’s bridal shower, then we leave for a trip to Maine the middle of the following week, and afterwards it’s only a little while until Memorial Day and the official start of summer. With lots going on, I’m happy I had time to relax and recharge. I used to worry about spending too much time alone, so I’d scramble to ensure that wouldn’t happen. Now on the occasional days when it occurs I don’t mind it so much. Maybe it’s an INFJ thing. Maybe it’s a more prosaic outlook on the ability to plan your life (or lack thereof). Whatever it is, I find myself grateful for the chance to take a beat and a breath when the opportunity presents itself. I left yoga Friday evening feeling more serene than I had all week, and I’ll try to carry that feeling with me.
What were you up to this weekend?
Do you ever feel more tired or sore multiple days after a race?
Favorite way to spend an afternoon by yourself?
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