This is the best thing ever. I feel like it’s Christmas morning (almost).
I’m sitting in my softest yoga pants with my pals Matt Lauer and Savannath Guthrie, drinking a steaming cup of coffee, and I’m happily blogging away. Delicious steel cut oats are boiling on the stove.
It’s like my old mornings before I began working at my new job. I would set my alarm early just so I could wake up and enjoy the morning. Sometimes I would open all of the windows and stay home to blog or catch up on emails, other times I would walk to my favorite local coffee shop and read. (OR I would multi-task and go to a coffee shop with wi-fi and blog – those were days when I needed human interaction! Ha!)
Today, I don’t have to be into work until 11am. Ahh glorious comp time. Such a innovative concept that I never knew existed. You get time OFF when you work over time?! Glorious!
So, I set my alarm early just so I could enjoy a relaxing morning. My bliss will only last until about 9:15 when I need to head out, but I’m soaking it up for now.
(By the way, Happy Roasted Marshmallow Day! Did you know we had a day to celebrate the delectable fluffy little treats? I may have to pick up some rice krispies tonight and make some after my race.)
That’s right, NFL Run 4 Miler is tonight! To kick off my favorite season (football), I am doing my favorite thing (running).
I’m excited to see my Ragnar Relay teammate Lora there – anyone else running with us in good old Central Park tonight?
I need to back up and tell you about my long-ish run last weekend. 9 miles! When I got home, I was tired…(HAHA this is a joke…I mean, I was tired. But has anyone seen Phillip the Hyper Hypo on SNL? Please watch. Especially around 1:18. Hilarious.) During the first half of the run I think my body was still warming up. Little muscles and tendons were nagging at me and I was doubting my readiness – it’s not that anything hurts, it’s just that I still feel a little uneasy about the little foot pains and knee pains I occasionally feel. If I hadn’t been injured, I probably wouldn’t notice them – I think it’s mostly mental.
I was smarter this time and formulated a plan for hydration beforehand. I drove to a nearby town that I love running in, and parked at the beginning of a short trail. I did a 6 mile out-and-back run on the trail and through the town, and then stopped back at my car for some hydrated. Even though I only had 3 miles left, I still grabbed a Blackberry GU for a pick me up.
Those last three miles I felt like I was flying! Judging by my pace, I wasn’t. But I sure felt that way. was picturing the Ironman finish line, listening to some good music, and was fueled on caffeine and determination. Mile 9 was my fastest mile. I know I should be happy that I’m running 9 miles and training for Philly, but I wasn’t thrilled with my average pace. It was MUCH slower than my half-marathon in May. Like a minute slower. For 4 less miles. Ouch.
How do you handle that mentally?
I 100% believe in the power of speedwork and I think I need to make tonight’s 4-miler into a bit of a tempo run. Hopefully I can still beat my 4M PR of 34:35 (my only other 4 mile race!) from the Run As One in April.
Speaking of Ironman, someone I met at work during our orientation for mentors (people who help our participants with fundraising and give advice for completing an endurance event) who completed the NYC Ironman a few weeks ago. He told me that after his race, he was laying in bed, muscles crying in pain, debating whether it was worth it to get up and go to the bathroom, or just wet the bed. HA!! No that doesn’t scare me, I’m still super excited. But I thought that was hilarious and probably a pretty all-encompasing view of the soreness I’ll feel post-IM. BRING. IT. On.
For the record, he did get out of bed.
Oats are done! Off I go. Have a wonderful day, everyone!
P.S. If you made it this far…this reminds me. I need to do a ProCompression giveaway! I’ll absolutely be rocking some ProCompression socks during Ironman to help with soreness. LOVE THEM. Amazingly they are sponsoring the Maids of Dishonor, our Ragnar team, which is fabulous because after running three separate legs in 24-ish hours in the hills of the Adirondack Mountains, my leg muscles will surely need some extra oxygen. I’m wearing them right now because I was standing a lot last night. Multi-purpose, I tell you!
To put your name in the running, please leave a comment about the most sore you’ve ever been from working out…or maybe moving your entire apartment…etc – did you contemplate wetting the bed like my friend? Funny stories welcome! By commenting, you’ll be entered to win a black pair of ProCompression socks – the size is S/M. I will choose a winner on Monday and someone will get a Labor Day present. Good luck!