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Rolling with the Punches

January 29th, 2011 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (0 Comments)

Earlier this month, I wrote about how the snow and cold weather shouldn’t stop you from getting outdoors to getting your miles in, and how much I love to plan my schedule and hold myself accountable.

Well, I’m only human and sometimes life gets in the way and I can’t always run the miles I had planned, when I had planned them. After a post from Corey @ The Runners Cookie (hi!) I started to think more about how I handle these types of situations. Am I tough and pushing myself within my limits, or obsessive when it comes to training and pushing myself, and knowing when to let things go?

I’d like to think I have a pretty balanced life. I work 40+ hours a week, run 40+miles per week, make time to hang out with friends, enjoy relaxing time for myself and other hobbies, etc. But running certainly does take up a larger chunk of time and energy than someone no longer competing in HS or college, but doing it on their own for ‘fun’. I thus often make myself feel guilty or lazy when it comes to not hitting my pre-determined goals for the week. Is this normal?

This week was full of setbacks. From being hungover on Sunday and opting to lay in bed instead of running 12 miles, getting bad family news on Thursday and not having any ambition to run or get to the gym due to the massive snowfall, to my alarm clock not going off again on Friday morning, things did not go as planned.

But, I am proud that I remained flexible. Sunday’s long run is planned for this afternoon. I still got out the door on Monday to do 6 miles despite 6 degree weather. I took advantage of a slow workday on Wednesday to get out a bit early and do my tempo run on the treadmill before a 7:15 dinner reservation. I considered Thursday a ‘mental health’ day. I rushed to squeeze in 4.25 miles Friday morning despite my alarm not going off, and made up the remaining 5.75 I had planned after work.

So, I didn’t hit the 45 miles this week I had planned, but 42 is pretty darn close considering the ‘mishaps’.

At the end of the day, I have to remind myself that I am running for me and for fun! Sure, I get a bit obsessive at times but it’s only because I want to push myself to my full potential and know I am fully prepared going into my next Half-Marathon on 3/20. Sometimes you have perfect training weeks, and other times it’s less-than-average. But staying flexible and getting in the miles when and where you can will continue to keep it fun!

So, I’ll leave you with some pictures I took near my apartment on Thursday morning. NYC just can’t seem to get rid of the snow! It’s the snowiest January on record. Here’s to hoping February will melt the snow on the Bridle Path so I can get off the main drive in Central Park :)

T-1!

November 6th, 2010 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (0 Comments)

Can you believe it’s November 6th already? I just got in the door from my last shake out run before the big day tomorrow! Stretching out a lot and hoping my legs feel fresh in the morning! Weather looks a little chilly tomorrow, sunny & 45 degrees when running with a bit of wind, but it should be fine! Could be downpouring or not sunny!
Yesterday I went to the expo to pick up my bib and, of course, buy tons of Marathon gear! Needless to say, I got wayyy too much stuff but I love it all! :)

Got my bib!

After the expo, I went to a fabulous dinner at Becco where they have a special of unlimited amounts of 3 of the chef’s daily pastas– of course I got it! Farfalle with marinara, linguine with arugula and shrimp, and best of all- pumpkin ravioli! That was so good, I did get a 2nd bit of that, but I was stuffed! Hope my carb stores are ready to go tomorrow!

Today I’m just relaxing, going out to lunch soon with my dad, and then dinner with my mom and aunt who is in town from San Francisco! Looking forward to some more yummy food and time relaxing! Of course, I laid out my gear planned for tomorrow…

Race day outfit!

And of course, tried it on!

Don't judge me, it was early...

If my alarm clock goes off (I’m deathly afraid of getting screwed up with daylight savings time!) I’ll be at the bus bright and early tomorrow (5:30am–ughh) which made me nervous since online they had told me I was to go to the Staten Island Ferry at 5:45, but my bib says the bus. Either way, I’ll get there. I am planning a race day breakfast of a big bowl of oatmeal and a banana, which will probably be cold by the time I get to eating it in the start village, but yum!

Signing off for today, when I next report I’ll have good news to share of finishing and (hopefully) running a good time! To all of those running tomorrow, good luck!

Alarm Clock Fail & Fall Air

September 11th, 2010 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (2 Comments)

Been a while since I posted…sorry, chalking it entirely up to laziness on my part. So where do I start?

As I last mentioned, I had a long run of 16 miles planned on Thursday morning. Similarly to the previous week, I had brought all of my clothes and stuff to work on Wednesday, so that I could run long straight to the office and shower at the gym, cutting down on commuting time. I had a great dinner, autoset my coffee machine, went to bed at a good hour, set my alarm for 6:10 a.m….

You know when you kinda wake up before your alarm clock but you want to savor every last second of sleep? As I tried with every ounce of energy to fall asleep again since 6:10 is super early to wake up to begin with, I heard my roommates door open.

“That’s weird…why is she up so early?” I thought as I glanced at the clock.

6:46 a.m.?!?! I cursed at my blackberry for not going off. I double checked the alarm I set, because I do have a tendency to set it for PM instead of AM. Nope, all was good. Sometimes I guess it just doesn’t want to work.

I contemplated my choices…I could run 7 miles and get ready at my apartment like a normal day, or I could still head out for some sort of long run. I quickly estimated that I could get in about 12 miles to the office if I headed out ASAP. I thought that was better than nothing, so off I went for my 12.

It was a perfect fall-feeling morning. Crisp, cool, sunny…I thoroughly enjoyed my run through Central Park, and tried to pick it up towards the end to ‘make up’ for not being able to get in 16. As I ran, I thought that maybe everything happens for a reason: maybe my body just needed a little more sleep, maybe I wasn’t ready for 16, maybe since I’ve got 16-17 planned on Sunday I needed a break.

Whatever reason, it ended up being a great run and I was happy I was able to be a little flexible. I have a tendency to get really stressed out and upset when things don’t go according to how I’ve planned them and I have no control over it.

Lesson learned: Set MULTIPLE alarm clocks on Marathon morning!

Last night (Friday), I dedicated my night to being socially lame. And I loved it. I worked until 7 and by the time I got home and got myself moving, I headed out for a run around 7:45. It was a little dark, but the weather was cool. I ran in Central Park, with dozens of other extremely cool people running, biking and walking on a Friday night :)

I did 8 miles and felt good, all while taking in the gorgeous views of lit-up midtown that are visible from the reservoir and while heading down Cat Hill. Got me super excited for that moment I’m heading down Cat Hill, with less than 2 miles to go! Lame, I know.

Afterwards, I went to the gym for 30 minutes of stretching and core exercises, enjoyed a nice hot shower, and settled into bed with some hot tea and a leftover chicken enchilada to watch mindless television. It was such an exciting night, I fell asleep by midnight :)

This morning I woke up and I’ve just been laying in bed, watching some reruns of the Rachel Zoe Project and drinking coffee. What a life I lead! Today is my day OFF from running, and I plan on enjoying it thoroughly in this nice weather.

Speaking of weather, it has really started to feel like fall lately. It’s as if we got a perfect beach weekend for Labor Day, and then fall rolled right in. Really, it was over 90 degrees the previous week, and now we’re in the 70s! To celebrate, I started brewing some coffee I got from Target, Cinnamon Vanilla Nut flavor.

Yum!

I don’t know what it is about the taste, but as soon as I drank it on my way to work one day this week, I felt as if I was back at Villanova. The cooler weather combined with the taste of the coffee (kinda like the cinnamon coffee I used to get in the dining halls?) brought me right back like I was on my way to my 9:00am class for the first time that semester, not like I was on my way to work as I have each day for the past 15-16 months. Weird how tastes and smells do that to you.

If I can’t actually go back to Villanova, at least a cup of coffee can take me there in my mind.

Take me back to Villanova!!!