Two days in a row of wet road running, but I’m excited that it seems to be getting warmer out. At least I was until I looked at the forecast for the next 48 hours: 3-5 inches of snow expected Saturday night. Chance of snow: 100%. Chance of me doing my long run Sunday morning: ???%.
I’m back, baby!
After seven excruciating, black-cloud-hovering days of not running, this morning, I ran. My plan was to do an easy 3 miles and see how it went. I wouldn’t push the pace, but instead take it slower than I normally do.
I have not run since last Tuesday. Today is Monday. This is the longest I’ve gone without running since, well, not that long ago. I was sick between Christmas and New Year’s of this past year – not sick enough to not lift weights (which I did), but too under the weather to move around quickly.
I ran my standard 4+ mile route this morning. My foot was okay at first but then slowly started feeling wonky again. That warm, tingly feeling in the upper ball of my foot – there it was again, although not as bad as on Saturday.
This sucks balls. I know it’s not the end of the world if I have to not run for a few days. It’s the whole unpredictability of the thing. What if I had a race scheduled for tomorrow? What if it was the MARATHON that I have already talked so much about even though it’s 9 months away? I know there’s no way to 100% guarantee I won’t be sick or injured prior to a race. I just wish I knew why this was happening and how to prevent it and how never ever to have any problems with my body in any way whatsoever for the rest of my time on Earth. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?
I did not write a post this weekend. I was busy. Or rather, I chose to make time for other things over writing. Which happens sometimes and that’s okay!
I had some trouble running on Saturday. It was about 17 degrees, which wasn’t even where the trouble was. Actually, one positive thing about that run was that I wore mittens for the first time! Only they weren’t mittens – they were socks. Two pairs of warm, winter socks I never wear on my feet but for some reason own.
It was snowing again this morning, dang it. But it wasn’t horribly cold, and it wasn’t sticking all that much. It was Bagel Friday, and I was determined to get a run in. I wore something I never do on runs: a baseball hat. I figured this would help keep the snow out of eyes. It did – but of course it stopped snowing only minutes into my run.
For the first time in my life, I have an annual mileage goal. It’s 1500 miles. This is almost double what I did last year, so it’s ambitious – but not crazy, and not impossible. In order to stay on top of my progress, at the start of each month I would like to announce my previous month’s mileage.
To run 1500 miles in a year, I need to average 28.84 miles a week, or, if I divide it by months (which seems easier to me), 125 miles a month.
In January, I ran… [drum roll]…
Hey, it’s my 100th post!
I would not have guessed I’ve written 100 posts on this blog. I only know because the stats tell me. Otherwise I might have guessed I’d written maybe 50, 60? Acknowledging my 100th post feels both celebratory and arbitrary. Like, it’s cool, but also Neil deGrasse Tyson would probably wrinkle his nose at the whole thing. He’d say I might as well celebrate my 268th post – they’re both just numbers, equally likely to be randomly generated as any other.
Well, to hell with your killjoy theories, Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’m celebrating it.
It snowed yesterday morning, dumping several inches on northern Long Island. I decided not to run and instead do a 44-minute cardio/HIIT/weights workout courtesy of fitnessblender.com, my go-to site for indoor workouts.
This is a GOOD workout. It hits everything and leave me sweating.
I had a nice, productive Sunday, which is all I ever want in a Sunday. After spending Saturday doing a quick upper body workout, cleaning the house like crazy for a realtor to do a walk-through (both the inside and outside of the fridge and the freezer), and making a couple trips to the supermarket, I decided Sunday was to be for two things: cooking and running.