Admittedly, this post is going to be kind of a hodgepodge of things… Don’t judge me.
So, I sat in my usual room to conduct behavioral studies today, and reveled in having a two-monitor set-up. One was used to follow the USA v. Algeria game streaming on ESPN3 (with a gamecast of England v. Slovenia,) and the other was used for all of the normal experiments I do. I could complain about officiating and some poor calls, but it’s been done and I don’t feel that it’s necessary to be another voice screaming about the negatives and the would haves, should haves, could haves. I really just think that it’s fun to see people - namely Americans - come together and care about a sport that the rest of the world lives and dies by. Landon Donovan, thank you.
Shift to next/completely unrelated subject… Tonight I decided to run outside since the running god conspired against me last night. Last night, when I left my apartment, it was raining pretty hard but it wasn’t like I was going to melt so I pushed on. As soon as I reached Battery Park, I looked ahead and saw lightning flash just beyond the Statue of Liberty. Now, I’m a pretty hearty soul, but I’m not stupid, and I know better than to run around (mildly exposed along the Hudson or anywhere for that matter) when there’s lightning, so I turned around and headed home. Last night was a cop out, and I’m having a hard time getting back into my routine of daily running after being gone for a weekend.
Tonight I decided a good way to get back into my running habit would be to run a 5k. It’s about 90 degrees in New York, and that’s cooler than it was earlier today. It wasn’t a great run, but it was a step in the right direction, a step to getting back on track. Was it the best 5k time ever? No, of course not. Am I’m ready for my 5k on the 4th of July? Not as ready as I would like to be. Did I go out and run despite the awful heat and did I apply myself? Yeah, I did, and that is a small victory in and of itself. I have a little over a week to be ready to run my 5k, and with some time, a lot of sweat and determination, I will be ready. The parks, trails, and sidewalks of Manhattan are my proving grounds. Bring it, self.
"In the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky..."
Happy First Day of Summer! :)
It’s been a little while since my last post, and I feel as though I have a pretty solid excuse. Here’s a quick update, I’ll write more later…
This weekend I was in Michigan where I surprised my baby sister for her Sweet 16! My mom put this whole thing in motion a month or two ago and we managed to keep it secret until Friday afternoon when we did the big reveal. (And because my sister follows my Tumblr, I couldn’t discuss this top secret plan.) I spent the weekend with my family on the east side of the state at my sister’s softball tournament. I got in plenty of great time with family and family friends. It was such a fun, but incredibly busy and exhausting weekend. I’m looking forward to my longer trip coming up on Friday!
In my personal life I’m riding high, sadly, my training has taken a backseat to all of the family goings-on. With a jam packed itinerary and my blister still healing, running wasn’t happening. I did however, make a few trips to the gym to do some alternative cardio training (yeah biking!) along with some more strength training. Fortunately, today was the first day that the TrainingPeaks half marathon training schedules were made available to the runners participating in the Hamptons Marathon and Half Marathon. I am really excited to get out and get some miles in tonight!
In the event that you needed proof of my trip to Michigan, here’s a picture of me with my adorable grandparents and my gorgeous sisters, Amanda and Laura.
So, I’m frustrated. Two days sans running and I feel like I’m ready to climb the walls. My blister is bad. We’re talking 50-cent-piece-sized bad. (I thought about taking a picture of the actual blister and then decided that that would be really gross, so I settled for the picture of my foot all bandaged up.) The location of the blister could not be worse — the arch of my right foot — it is currently difficult to wear shoes of any kind. I’m feeling a little discouraged, though of all of the injuries I could currently have, this is kind of best-case scenario. *knocks on wood*
Sorry for the rant, I’m just feeling a little down without the extra endorphins from the running and my muscles are screaming from lack of use. I know that it’s probably not a great idea, but I’m going to go ahead and try to bandage up and pad my foot really well tomorrow in the hopes of getting 5 miles in. I can’t bear another day of idling.
I just realized that my previous post was my 50th! I wasn’t so sure that this blogging thing would stick, but here I am…*
The 7 mile run was tough. I did it and I made decent time, but it was hard on my tired legs (I guess I should not have used the stationary bike so long yesterday after all) and even worse for my blisters — there are now three on the arch of my right foot (!!!) and a new one on my left. It is definitely time to get some new shoes. Enough of the doom and gloom though, let’s focus on a few of the awesome things about today’s run!
I ran 7 miles. SEVEN. That’s the most I’ve ever run.
I beat the tourist rush for the most part.
I beat the heat. 65 degrees and hazy was the perfect way to start the morning.
I still maintained my usual mile pace.
Now I have a day off to look forward to tomorrow!
*Note: I wrote this post immediately following my run but did not post it because we were in a hurry to leave for BBQ. Yummm.
Just about ready to leave for my 7 mile run and I’m nervous. Why am I nervous? Why does this feel different? Why did I set an alarm for 8:30 on a Saturday?! Wake up body! It’s time to run! I’m sure I will return with some reflections on my 7 miles…
Running 5 miles after an early morning and stress-filled day at work was JUST what the doctor ordered. Complete and total catharsis. All of last night’s worries about how everything I had to do today was possibly going to work just kind of disappeared. I got to Battery Park and everything clicked. I felt my legs moving under me but was oblivious to how they were working, and I was able to just tune into the music and the surroundings and forget about everything.
This is even more rewarding considering last night’s run. I went to the gym last night to use the treadmills (yesterday’s weather was awful and forced me to stay indoors) and after 2.5 miles, I quit. I just quit. I was bored and hyper-aware of how much I hated running on the treadmill at that moment. It’s not a good excuse and I was frustrated with the mental weakness I showed. Today was a new day and I made up for my short comings last night. I’m staying consistent and staying positive. I’m still having blister problems on my right foot and that leads me to believe that I may be in need of some new shoes. (WANT) I’m also icing my shins regularly and stretching like a mad woman to avoid shin splints (they have plagued me in the past) and too much soreness. Going to do 7 miles this weekend and I’m so excited for the USA v. England World Cup match on Saturday!
Today I took Drew on my usual running route - he hadn’t ever been to South Cove - and we happened upon these gorgeous Lucy Ball Allium along the way. Fortunately, Drew had his camera with him and I snapped a few pictures.
The weather today was not nearly cooperative enough. Tornado watch in effect for Manhattan, high temperatures and winds to contend with. (Maybe this is an excuse and I’ve just become complacent.) I’m going to head to the gym tonight for my run and some strength training. I hope that I can find some success on the treadmill. I’m not sure what it is about making the transition from running outside to running indoors that is so difficult. There seems to be this mental block and I don’t feel like I can achieve as much indoors. Maybe my real problem is just boredom on the treadmill, or not having landmarks and beautiful things to look at along the way. What do you do to occupy your mind on the treadmill or while you run in general?
I hope the storms (I can deal with a little drizzle) hold off for my 6 miler tomorrow - I don’t want to be a slave to the treadmill.
Tourists made my run this morning kind of hellish. Must remember to avoid Battery Park and tourist attractions at peak hours/on peak day.
I’m drinking beer and I’m happy.
I got a “Gym Rat” badge on foursquare. I feel like I’ve achieved something.
Heard there were tornadoes in the mitten around the Ann Arbor area - hoping all of my friends and loved ones on the east side stay safe. (And that the Arb is still intact when I visit so that I can runnnn. /selfish of me)
Damn you, New York City! *shakes fist* Before laying down for my nap, I decided to check the weather and an Air Quality Alert popped up. (This type of “severe weather” - as classified by the Weather Channel - is new to me having spent my formative years in the wide open, pine-scented, clean air of Michigan.) This alert let me know that because of high levels of pollutants in the air, strenuous physical activity outdoors is discouraged. Guess I’m a slave to the treadmill tonight… 6 miles will be mine, oh yes, they will be mine…
I’m making my 45 minute commute back to the Financial District and getting more excited to climb into bed by the minute. Two early mornings/long days at work call for a well-deserved short nap before a run. This was an awfully long abbreviated week and I’m fully prepared to embrace this weekend.
I’m going to try a 6 miler this weekend. I charted out the run yesterday (meaning I’m completely anal retentive and obsessed with planning) and realized that Manhattan is much smaller when your frame of reference is mileage and you’re not counting city blocks. Thinking about running the more than 168 blocks from home to work seems much more bearable when you know that it’s only about 13 miles and that’s what I’ll be running in a few months. Happy weekend!
After doing some reading up on races and what to expect on race day, I’ve decided that I want to do a race before I do my half marathon in October. Knowing how easily I become intimidated and shut down, I think it would be in my best interest to know what to expect on race day. (I mean c’mon, I don’t want to be a complete noob.)
So, I’ve done some brainstorming and some searching on the interweb and I’ve decided to do a race while I’m home in Michigan later this month! Exciting, right? At this point, it’s a must. I’m very excited to get a race under my belt and I think it will push me to kick my training up a notch and get out of my comfort zone. I think I’ve decided to do the 36th Paul Revere 3 & 10 Mile Run on the 4th of July. I’ll be up north with my boyfriend and his family. It will be nice to get in a little run before the parade and BBQ and fireworks. Beautiful. Now I just wish the race organizers would post the rest of the race information so that I can go ahead and register.
And now it’s time for a nice evening at the gym followed by bedtime. I was up early to get into work early and I get to do it all over again tomorrow. Glad tomorrow is the beginning of the weekend!
I’m really excited to get out and see the Yankees play tonight - my first night game! That said, I’m feeling a little separation anxiety from my running shoes. After last night’s run I’ve spent the day craving that feeling all over again. The endorphins racing through my body and my legs and lungs finally understanding what it is my brain has been asking them to do, my brain finally accepting the mission and not pushing back or resisting. Me oh my, I’ve done the unthinkable and turned myself into a runner. Don’t worry legs, lungs, and shoes, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. :)
If running was a person, I would want to stand with it on a mountain, I’d want to bathe with it in the sea… I had the best run ever tonight and now I think I’m madly in love with it. My first excursion outside and around the city with some drizzle and it was marvelous. I ran 4 whole miles and felt amazing the whole time. I’ve had this unbelievable breakthrough and I’ve realized that the treadmill is a great tool and everything, but it does not make me feel this passionate about running.
The views were stunning! I ran to Battery Park, up to South Cove and further up the Esplanade along the Hudson before turning around and heading back home. The city was beautiful and I never mind a little rain. The run itself was nothing short of a miracle. I do a fair amount of walking when I go on my runs on the treadmill and tonight, there was not a lot of walking - half a mile at most. It was a night of personal bests for me and a true physical breakthrough. My body affirmed that this is doable, and that I can train myself to run a half marathon, and that I have trained myself to thoroughly enjoy running.
Ok, so the run was pretty effing fantastic, but it wasn’t all hugs and puppies - there was one tiiiny little thing I would have changed… I have a blister on the sole of my right foot. (This running thing is doing terrible things to the appearance of my feet!) Good thing I’m taking tomorrow night as my rest night and enjoying the Yankees game!