April 24, 2017

Coffee Date: April Edition

Good Morning! Happy Monday! I hope you're enjoying a strong cup of coffee after a fabulous weekend and that spring has fully sprung wherever you are. Here in DC, it's been pretty cold and rainy but the temperatures are supposed to climb into the 80s later this week and I couldn't be happier!

This morning, I'm skipping coffee in favor of this Can't Beet Me Smoothie from the Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook. I have always hated beets but I decided to give this smoothie a try and it's surprisingly good!

Let's catch up.

If we were having coffee... I would start with a confession and tell you that I desperately miss my blog. I really hate that I've been so inconsistent in the last year despite promising to myself month after month that this month, I would bring it back.

The reality is that I spend my entire work week writing and the absolutely last thing I want to do when I finish work at the end of every day, or even during the weekends, is to keep writing. We just had performance reviews at work and one of the things we were meant to talk about is personal goals and I desperately want to make it a personal goal to bring my blog back and take it in the direction that I really want to but truthfully, I just don't know how.

I would also tell you that I'm in a reading rut this month. I've started two books that I just haven't been able to get into and have left on my bedside table less than 50 pages in. The sad thing is that both are books that I've had on my reading list for awhile. I confess I haven't started the book for Carolann's and my book club yet, but I'm planning to start it tomorrow on my way to work. If you're late to joining this month, you've got four days until we link up! This month's pick is "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh.

If we were having coffee... I would tell you that I ran a 10-mile race yesterday! I'm hoping to recap it soon but I ran the GW Parkway Classic, a beautiful race that starts at George Washington's Mount Vernon and ends in Old Town Alexandria, running along the Potomac on the tree-lined GW Parkway the entire race. The concrete was hard on my knees but I had so much fun at this race.

This race was a little bit of a wake-up call for me. I don't know that I'm in shape for the 26.2 I have planned for next month. My training hasn't really been going well and I had to cut last week's 18-miler after I got a really weird bout of vertigo 2 miles into my run. Since I had the race planned for this weekend, I knew I wasn't going to get in 20. I'm still not too sure what I'm going to do but right now I'm ok with either decision. I think I may have jumped into training a little bit too soon after Philly and the idea of running a full marathon in May and then starting training for another one in July seems like a little much right now.

If we were having coffee... I would tell you that my to-do list this week is a mile long but that I need to get through everything. From reading this month's Book Club book to a serious case of spring cleaning, I really need to get on top of things before May rolls around and summer travel starts to pick up.

Lastly, I would tell you that the 5k I'm organizing is this weekend! My goal this week is to sign up 5 new runners and there's a virtual option if you aren't in DC! I've mentioned this before but since September, I've been volunteering with an awesome organization called Bright Beginnings, a child development center for homeless children in DC. Bright Beginnings is a really incredible place that not only supports kids educationally but also helps their families in order to transition them out of homelessness. This weekend is Bright Beginning's biggest fundraiser and I'm so happy to be part of it! Registration is $30 and there's a virtual race option if you aren't in DC! If you sign up, mention that you heard about it from me and let me know! It would make my week! 

So that's what's going on in my world. What's going on in yours? 
I'm hoping to get a few more posts up this week. We'll see!
For those of you who have stuck around, thank you. It means the world!

April 10, 2017

March Recap

I felt like the month of March was endless. The Pilot typically gets his schedule around the middle of the month for the following month and last week, I asked him if he had his May schedule yet. Even with a big trip planned in the middle of the month, it didn't make the month go by any faster. 

I did start gearing up for marathon training and was really happy with how things went even juggling jet lag and a lot of really late nights at work. Other than that, March was pretty uneventful!

Here's a look at how my month went in numbers:

Miles Run: 87

Minutes of Yoga: 165

Books Read: 4

Trips Taken: 1 trip to Dubai

New Recipes Made: 7

Blog Posts Written: 9

30 Before 30 Items Completed: 0

Highlights: Escaping DC's returned winter for another awesome trip to Dubai. 

Lowlights: Jet lag.

The Month Ahead: It's already April and this month has been so much more busy than I ever thought. I'm hoping things slow down in the latter half of the month!

How did your month shape up? 

March 26, 2017

Sunday Sweats 13

I like to do my long runs on Saturday. It gives me the flexibility of having another day in the weekend in case something comes up. It also gives me the chance to start my training week on Monday. I've always struggled when my long runs have fallen to Sunday. I need to take Monday off and then I feel like there's a lot of pressure to get that workout in on Tuesday. If it doesn't happen, my whole week is thrown.

That's how this week went and it didn't turn out great. 

Monday: Planned Rest

Tuesday: Skipped
Tuesday was an unusually busy day at work and, when I left the office at 6 pm, I realized I hadn't eaten anything all day. At 7:00, when I was still stuck in traffic on the bus ride home, I knew I wasn't going to run. By the time I ate and wrapped up a few more things for work, it was 9:30. 

Wednesday: 4 miles 
(9:08 pace)
Wednesday was another crazy day but I booked some gym time on Classpass at a gym near my airport and settled in for 4 miles. My legs were pretty antsy from not having run in two days and I felt great. The miles flew by and felt easy, despite being below my goal pace, and I walked out of the gym feeling great about this run.

Thursday: 6 miles (9:19 pace)
I did not feel like running on Thursday. I had a stomach ache and was a little sore from the day before. Knowing I needed to run, I set out with the aim to do 4 miles and save my 6-miler for the next day, but about 2 miles in, I felt pretty good and kept going. It was a nice, solid run, and I was really happy with my pace. I also had a Nancy Pelosi sighting at the Capitol!

Friday: 4 miles (9:08 pace); Yoga (60 minutes)
Friday's run called for 4 miles with 2 at marathon goal pace. My target pace for a sub-4 marathon is 9:09 but over the last few weeks, I've been running close to that for my average runs. I decided just to see what I could do and ended up with my 2 target miles at 8:49 and 8:51. I was thrilled with this. I ran to a yoga studio downtown and then took a vinyasa class set to the soundtrack of Hamilton (which sounds awesome but didn't quite work.

 4 miles (10:07 pace)
I went to bed Friday night with plans to either run 4 or 14 on Saturday morning, depending on how I was feeling. When I woke up, my entire lower body hurt. I was so sore. I wasn't even sure about getting these 4 in but I decided to head out for a shakeout run and see how I felt. The first two miles were tough but then I settled in comfortably and it felt good to shake things out. For the rest of the day, though, I had a really bad tightness in my glute that foam rolling and stretching weren't helping. 

Sunday: Skipped
This morning, I really dragged my feet to head out for my run. My glute was still sore from the day before. I woke up, made breakfast, stretched, foam rolled, got dressed and headed out. Despite the weather saying it was 60, it felt much colder. I came back inside, changed, and headed out again. I just wasn't feeling it.  I desperately needed a rest day after running every day since Wednesday and when I started my watch and headed down the block, I knew this wasn't going to happen. I tried to psyche myself into the run and about 2 minutes in, I gave up and headed home.

I'm trying not to be hard on myself this week. One of my good friends gave me a sharp lesson on Wednesday when I complained about skipping my workout on Tuesday. "Be kind to yourself," she said. I know I need to be kind to myself but that means running when I know that it'll keep me from being stressed, eating three meals a day. I ate horribly this week because I was too lazy to go to the grocery store and so I didn't run Tuesday morning because I didn't have food in my house which lead to the ripple effect of me skipping today's long run. At the end of the day though, I needed the rest today and I don't feel guilty about that but I do need to take better care of myself.

I think I'll be able to get my planned 14-mile run in tomorrow but if I'm still sore, I won't. I'll just take it easy and pay attention to how I'm feeling. 

Total Miles Run: 18
Total Minutes of Yoga: 60

How did your week go?
How do you practice kindness to yourself?
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