Today’s Workout: 8 Miles
Recently, I’ve been really anxious. Work has been crazy – which is usually great, but when I'm feeling stressed, it's mostly terrible. I’ve been dreaming about work almost every single night for the past two weeks. I dream I forgot to prepare for a meeting or think I put in a phone call to work in the middle of the night when I really didn’t… so my sleep to worry ratio has been causing havoc.
While work is generally great and I'm really happy there, yesterday I had one of those unavoidable “bad days.”
I woke up cranky, and couldn’t seem to shake it all day. By the time I finally left work, I was really angry at the world. I wanted to just collapse on my couch and catch up on my DVR, but I had to run 5 miles first. Ugh. Sometimes life is so hard.
But as I was riding the subway home, I realized I shouldn’t be angry with the world at all. I should be celebrating all of the great things in my life. And that’s exactly what I spent my run last night doing.
I left my iPod at home in an effort to clear my mind of work stress, and focus on the positive. Here is what my head came up with:
Things I’m Thankful For
-My family (They give me so much support and love)
-Keith (He knows how to make me giggle when I’m really cranky and mad)
-Bad days and good days (you can’t have one without the other)
-The Williamsburg Bridge (nothing tests the shape I’m in like that behemoth)
-Autumn (I decided that October is my favorite month. Bring on Halloween and watching Hocus Pocus as much as ABC family allows me to)
-Wine (enough said)
|At a winery with Keith!|
Wine makes everything O.K. in my book
-Living in New York (this is a cynical one… living anywhere else will seem easy after surviving this city)
-Cold weather running gear (I wore one of my running jackets for the first time since spring last night!!)
-Nail polish (I’m sporting my fave black polish right now. That’s probably all I can share on this point)
When I was thinking about why I’m thankful for running, I mentally patted myself on the back for last weekend’s long run.
I ran 15 miles on Saturday – my longest run of 2012!
I decided to run into Manhattan and do a loop of Central Park, since I’ll be running a half-marathon there this weekend. I ran a 10k there in May, and it kicked my butt. So mentally, I wanted to run the course so I would feel confident for the half.
I do 95% of my runs alone, and while my routes in Brooklyn encounter the occasional runner or biker, it’s pretty solitary. Running the outer loop of Central Park sent a shock to my system – so many runners! So many children! So many weirdos! I passed a guy who was running while juggling three baseballs. Awesome.
As I mentioned a few weeks back, I’ve been trying to run the first half of my long runs without music so I’ll get that extra boost when my legs get tired. I had so much visual stimulation in Central Park that I didn’t need my music at all. I still felt really good while running back over the Queensboro Bridge, and realized that I could probably do the whole thing without music. And I did!
|15 Beautiful Miles.|
I also realized that I only have three long runs left before my taper. It’s exciting but also terrifying, because I fit in more long runs during last year's training. I keep reminding myself that I had a great base going into training, but I’m worried that I’m lacking the long run experience I should have at this point. I guess I will just have to make the most of these last few weeks of peak training, and hope for the best.
The next post will likely be a race report for the half I’m running this weekend - I’m definitely not looking to PR, but I’m hoping use it as sort of a “test run” for the marathon. I’m pumped to get out there and race!!!