Seriously, where has this week gone? Not that I am complaining that tomorrow is Friday but how is tomorrow Friday? Yesterday felt like Monday all day long. Nobody needs two Mondays in one week.
I still love my new desk even if it is taking me longer to adjust than I thought. I make it to about 1 each day before I need to sit; but I have adjusted to the chair finally. I almost fell off the dang thing on Monday. Between the wheels and the higher height of the seat, I had a few rough moments. My challenge gave my coworkers a good laugh though. 🙂
Tuesday’s run was rough. Just ugh. Not sure if it was partly due to tired legs or what but lets just leave it at 3.5 miles done. Wednesday turned into a rest day. I was supposed to go to the gym but I just wasn’t feeling it and work ran later than planned so rest it was. I switched back to heels as well that day and for some reason, standing seemed easier. I am so odd.
Tonight I had no desire to run the lake path so I headed back to my town and hit up the river path. My initial warm up walk extended itself because I was a little nervous to run. My last
2 4 “easy” runs have been the opposite of easy and throw in the Ventura half and I was just afraid of another rough run. I couldn’t even decide on how many miles to run. The Slacker in me was saying that 3 would be fine, the moderately reformed Slacker was telling me to do 5. That tiny bit of fear was telling me to walk the whole thing.
I still have the 8:30/1:00 intervals set up on my Garmin, so after walking the first 9:30 I decided to stick with that and started running. I tried to focus on my breathing and take slow, deep breaths. I wanted to see if it helped any. My old rule of thumb for most runs was to never be huffing and puffing even if it meant I was slower. It worked for me last year, so let’s try it again! I noticed after a mile or so that my form was better than usual. I felt like I was running tall and it felt good. Not sure if it was an added bonus of standing more or if it was the shoes. I was wearing my Sayonaras and I try to pay a little more attention to my form in them since they are a very neutral shoe and I tend to over pronate on the right side. I was also running with Tom Cruise hands. Why??? Again, I am odd.
I walked the 1:00 interval in both miles 2 & 3, telling myself I would try to run all of 4. Sounds like a little thing but I haven’t run a solid mile in well over a month. While I succeeded, I don’t think it counts. At 3.5 miles I have to cross a street to get back to the path. I tried to run across quickly but somehow my pepper spray leaped out my belt and landed in the cross walk. I got to the curb and somehow paused both my Garmin and Nike+ app while spinning around. I must have looked funny because every car was stopped staring at me. What do I do? Leave it or bolt and get it? I waved one car on and hoped no one on the other side would run over it. I then bolted out grabbed it and ran back. Dang it, that messed with my breathing! And I finally lost the Tom Cruise hands. 🙂 I carried the pepper spray the rest of the way. 1/4 mile later, I saw NikeC running my way, so we stopped and chatted a bit. So yes, I ran all of mile 4 but I had 2 breaks. 😦
Overall, this was the least stressful run I have had in over a month. For once I didn’t feel horrible. Now just to duplicate it and still take it easy. Easy, peasy right? Ha!
How has your week been? Anyone else have an extra Monday?
Anyone racing this weekend? Long running?
Ever Tom Cruise’d it up?
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