Time to Chill

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts

Ah, after a busy week I’m finally enjoying a semi-lowkey weekend to relax and catch up on a few things I’ve been putting off, like sleep (!!!), putting away my laundry from Wednesday, and writing here.

I would like to post more frequently during the week, but I can barely find enough time to check things off my ever-growing to-do list at work, continue to increase my mileage, hang out with friends, and sleep. So for now, I’ll do what I can. I hope you keep coming back to read anyways :)

This week has been pretty blah & basic in terms of running. I was in Toronto for work from Wednesday thru yesterday, and so I front loaded my mileage earlier in the week as I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to get in runs while I was there.

Hello from the CN Tower in Toronto

Week of 2/13

  • M: 10.5 slow, felt awful & dizzy
  • T: 10.5 relaxed, better after first few miles
  • W: OFF
  • R: 6.25 miles in morning along Toronto Waterfront
  • F: 8 miles in morning along Toronto Waterfront
  • S: Planned 4
  • S: Planned 18, including Cherry Tree 10 Miler in Prospect Park
Planned mileage: 57.25

On Monday, I got blood drawn in the morning to get my iron levels tested. I don’t feel any symptoms now, but I like to get it done about once a year as I’ve been anemic in the past and want to keep healthy while marathon training. I struggled through 10.5 miles in the afternoon feeling drained and dizzy, likely due to the blood test. Oh well, miles in the books.

Tuesday’s run was equally as tiring, though it got better after about 3 miles. After a weekend of late nights out, I think my body was trying to tell me to slow down. It probably wasn’t necessary to clean my entire plate of chicken parm sandwich and fries at a diner at 5 a.m. on Saturday night (Sunday morning?), but it sure was delicious and fun.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with going out, drinking, and staying out late, in fact I prefer to as it keeps me sane and happy..as long as I can rest and recover from it. I’m a firm believer that sleep cures all, but sometimes there is just not enough hours in the day. Since I opted for morning miles over extra sleep while in Toronto, I promptly passed out when I got home last night. But I fell in love with Toronto’s waterfront running path, especially as the sun rose…definitely worth digging myself further into sleep deprivation.

And now I’m enjoying coffee and breakfast in bed, which is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I need to get out the door for an easy 4 miles or so this afternoon before an afternoon of shopping with some lady friends. And simply staying in and making a nice dinner tonight, as I’ll be up early for tomorrow’s Cherry Tree 10 Miler in Prospect Park.

My plan for the “race” is really to combine a long run and workout. Hopefully I’ll net 18 miles between the race and my warmup/cooldown. I’ll aim to do the 10 miles around marathon pace (~6:52-7:02) with Alex, but might speed up or slow down depending on how I’m feeling. I’m just looking for a bit of an excuse to get out the door and run a bit of a harder effort, even if it’s 3+ loops of Prospect Park.

How do you recover/slow down from a busy week? Plans for the weekend?


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6 Responses

  • Meggie says:

    Sleeping in or a low-key night catching up on TV usually does the trick…

    A lot of times when I go home and have no obligations, I feel like I set the “reset” button. I’m able to sleep a lot and just chill without having FOMO. hahaha.

    I agree with you that sleep cures all, but some things are worht not sleeping – like a night out or a nice run in a place you aren’t at often.

    Have a great long run! It’s beautiful weather in TN – ran in SHORTS AND TANK TOP today. Crazy.

  • Laura says:

    Hey Lindsay! I just wanted to tell you I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I cannot wait to cheer you on in Boston!!! I’ll be looking for you at the front =)


  • My weekend plans? I think you were included in some of them :) Yay beer and running.

    I think the work week + increased mileage + late nights out are catching up with me, I’ve needed a lot of sleep lately! Logging 8 hours a night is usually what it takes to recuperate from busy time.

  • I’m not a big sleeper (I can’t sleep past 7 AM – ever!) so the best way for me to relax after a long week is a tall glass of chardonnay, a heating pad, and some good ol’ reality TV.

  • I worked all weekend, that wasn’t exactly relaxing! But now I have some time off to catch up on blogs. :) I’ve heard Toronto is a great city and good for health minded/running people.

    The Cherry Tree race sounded like fun, I’m looking forward to hearing how it went! We should run soon. :)

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