Weekly Recap and the Return of Humidity

I am so glad that I didn’t sign up for the Maryland Half Marathon, which was today. I haven’t felt at all like I was ready to race, and there was no reason to push it. Last year this race was on the first humid day of the season. The same went for today. After maybe 2-3 weeks of nice spring weather, I went outside  this morning to that all-too-familiar feeling of getting hit in the face with thick, humid air. The temp was about 66 degrees, but I started sweating immediately.

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I made it 11.5 miles and was super gross by the end. Do you know the feeling where your clothes weight 10 pounds more than when you put them on because they are soaked? That was what happened today.

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Looking back on this week, its nothing exciting because its pretty much what I planned out in my post on Sunday:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: 4.21 miles (8:50 pace), core and glutes, Body pump in PM

Tuesday: 5.1 miles (9:10 pace), core and glutes

Wednesday: 25 min elliptical, Body Pump, CX Works. Hot Yoga in PM

Thursday: 5.5 miles: After a 10 min warm up, I alternated 4 minutes hard with 2 minutes easy, 5 times and then ran a 10 minute cool down (8:44 average pace)

Friday: 3.8 miles (9:08 pace), Yoga in PM

Saturday: 11.5 miles (9:03 pace)

Total: 30.11

As I said last week I haven’t been feeling 100% so I went for a consultation with a different chiropractor (more on that in another post). To help see my progress I am starting to track how I feel each day during/after my run. Hopefully I can see that the treatment I am getting/what I am doing is helping to make progress. Today I felt great until the last 2 miles, at which point my left leg gradually started to get tight. A few weeks ago it felt that way after 4 miles, so this is much better.

My goal at this point is to feel good enough to run the Baltimore 10 miler on June 14th. I know what to expect from the race because I have ran it twice (its hilly, and I know it will be hot in mid-June) but if I’m feeling good it will be an opportunity to see where I am speed-wise in a shorter distance race.

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So tell me, how was your week in running/training/working out?

Does it get really humid where you live?

Note: I just switched to self-hosting (but didn’t change any of my blog format yet). Please let know if you are having any issues getting to my blog!

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My First “Thinking Out Loud” Post

I have been reading posts linked to ‘Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud” hosted by Amanda at Running With Spoons but have never joined in. Since I have a bunch of random thoughts going on today, I thought it would be a great day to try it out!

1. I am trying to get back into doing more yoga- like going to real-life classes and doing more than 30 minutes at a time. I signed up for a 30 day membership at a nearby yoga studio, which means I can go as much as I want until May 29th. On Tuesday I took a 60 minute hot vinyasa class.  It felt really good to get in a deep stretch. I also noticed something amazing- my core felt way stronger than the last time I took yoga classes. (Note- I love the reflexion yoga classes that I have been doing, but they don’t challenge me as much as regular classes. And I tend to repeat the same videos, so of course its less challenging. It is really convenient, but lately I wanted something more.) So anyway, I was actually able to do crow pose!

Yoga Crow Pose

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It was crazy- I have never been able to do it before and on the first try it just kind of happened! And then something more amazing happened. I managed to pull off this pose (side crow):

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So maybe all this core work is actually doing something?!

2. While the class was great and I felt like there were many good things happening, I felt really weird after. (Besides feeling like I was going to die because the room was so hot). I felt like I was all uneven walking home. I tried to explain this to my chiropractor last night, and he just looked at me like I was crazy and didn’t really address it. I think maybe I pulled something out of alignment when I was doing pigeon pose? Who knows. But my the next morning I felt fine. Maybe I just got such a deep stretch my body felt uneven because I had been living with such tight muscles for so long. I’m glad this is a “thinking out loud post”…it justifies the rambling that I just did.

3. Running lately has been mostly great. Since the marathon, I have taken it easy and there have been good days and not so good days. I try to just enjoy the good ones and stay positive when they aren’t good. Each week more of my runs have been good, so I feel like that shows progress.

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I have also been doing more body pump classes and using the elliptical one day a week. I found that if I put it on a high resistance and high incline, and go backwards, it REALLY works my glutes. Strong glutes=a strong runner so I’ll do what I have to do.

4. I signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon!

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I decided to sign up last night because the price went up today. I still have a long time to figure it all out, so I’m not gonna think about it for now. I figure if I want to do another 16 week training cycle, I would start training on August 2nd.

Other than that, I still haven’t signed up for other races, but I’m starting to get the urge to do something. I am trying to wait until I REALLY want to do another race so that I don’t burn out of and get sick of running.

5. I don’t know how it rained as much as it did this week. Like, where does it all come from?! Yesterday it poured ALL day.There were flash flood warnings for about 6 hours and some roads were closed due to flooding.

IMG_2494[1] part of the harbor was flooded this morning

There was even a sinkhole in Baltimore city!

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6. Thank you guys for the feedback about my blog! I think my plan will be to keep everything the same but just move to self-hosted. I appreciate everyone who offered their help- I may need it! I am trying to get a sense of what I am doing before I begin the process.

7. My resistance bands keep breaking. I talked about how I am trying to work on my glute strength, and there are several exercises that I am supposed to do 5 times a day. Well I have gone through about 5 bands now and its really frustrating!

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Does anyone know of an awesome band (the small kind that fits around your ankles) that won’t break?

8. I know I said I rarely talk about wine on this blog. Well I am about to have some tonight, so I thought I would bring it up. We have about 10 bottles of red in our apartment because that is what we have been drinking all winter. I stopped on my way home from work and picked up two bottles of white (sauvignon blanc) to keep in the fridge. Now that the weather is warming up, I’ve been craving white more. So, the question is, on this warm but rainy evening, do we drink red or white?

Rob just came home and told me red, so that guess that’s what it will be!

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Thanks, Amanda, for hosting the link up!

Do you take yoga classes at a studio? Can you do crow pose, and if so, how long did it take you to learn?

What races are you doing in the next few months?

Have you ever seen a sinkhole in real life? I haven’t, but the pictures look pretty scary!

I’ll ask again- any resistance band recommendations?

Wine preference- red, white, or both? For me, its both, but when its hot out I prefer white.

My First “Thinking Out Loud” Post

I have been reading posts linked to ‘Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud” hosted by Amanda at Running With Spoons but have never joined in. Since I have a bunch of random thoughts going on today, I thought it would be a great day to try it out!

1. I am trying to get back into doing more yoga- like going to real-life classes and doing more than 30 minutes at a time. I signed up for a 30 day membership at a nearby yoga studio, which means I can go as much as I want until May 29th. On Tuesday I took a 60 minute hot vinyasa class.  It felt really good to get in a deep stretch. I also noticed something amazing- my core felt way stronger than the last time I took yoga classes. (Note- I love the reflexion yoga classes that I have been doing, but they don’t challenge me as much as regular classes. And I tend to repeat the same videos, so of course its less challenging. It is really convenient, but lately I wanted something more.) So anyway, I was actually able to do crow pose!

Yoga Crow Pose

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It was crazy- I have never been able to do it before and on the first try it just kind of happened! And then something more amazing happened. I managed to pull off this pose (side crow):

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So maybe all this core work is actually doing something?!

2. While the class was great and I felt like there were many good things happening, I felt really weird after. (Besides feeling like I was going to die because the room was so hot). I felt like I was all uneven walking home. I tried to explain this to my chiropractor last night, and he just looked at me like I was crazy and didn’t really address it. I think maybe I pulled something out of alignment when I was doing pigeon pose? Who knows. But my the next morning I felt fine. Maybe I just got such a deep stretch my body felt uneven because I had been living with such tight muscles for so long. I’m glad this is a “thinking out loud post”…it justifies the rambling that I just did.

3. Running lately has been mostly great. Since the marathon, I have taken it easy and there have been good days and not so good days. I try to just enjoy the good ones and stay positive when they aren’t good. Each week more of my runs have been good, so I feel like that shows progress.

brooks and pro (1)

I have also been doing more body pump classes and using the elliptical one day a week. I found that if I put it on a high resistance and high incline, and go backwards, it REALLY works my glutes. Strong glutes=a strong runner so I’ll do what I have to do.

4. I signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon!

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I decided to sign up last night because the price went up today. I still have a long time to figure it all out, so I’m not gonna think about it for now. I figure if I want to do another 16 week training cycle, I would start training on August 2nd.

Other than that, I still haven’t signed up for other races, but I’m starting to get the urge to do something. I am trying to wait until I REALLY want to do another race so that I don’t burn out of and get sick of running.

5. I don’t know how it rained as much as it did this week. Like, where does it all come from?! Yesterday it poured ALL day.There were flash flood warnings for about 6 hours and some roads were closed due to flooding.

IMG_2494[1] part of the harbor was flooded this morning

There was even a sinkhole in Baltimore city!

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6. Thank you guys for the feedback about my blog! I think my plan will be to keep everything the same but just move to self-hosted. I appreciate everyone who offered their help- I may need it! I am trying to get a sense of what I am doing before I begin the process.

7. My resistance bands keep breaking. I talked about how I am trying to work on my glute strength, and there are several exercises that I am supposed to do 5 times a day. Well I have gone through about 5 bands now and its really frustrating!

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Does anyone know of an awesome band (the small kind that fits around your ankles) that won’t break?

8. I know I said I rarely talk about wine on this blog. Well I am about to have some tonight, so I thought I would bring it up. We have about 10 bottles of red in our apartment because that is what we have been drinking all winter. I stopped on my way home from work and picked up two bottles of white (sauvignon blanc) to keep in the fridge. Now that the weather is warming up, I’ve been craving white more. So, the question is, on this warm but rainy evening, do we drink red or white?

Rob just came home and told me red, so that guess that’s what it will be!

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Thanks, Amanda, for hosting the link up!

Do you take yoga classes at a studio? Can you do crow pose, and if so, how long did it take you to learn?

What races are you doing in the next few months?

Have you ever seen a sinkhole in real life? I haven’t, but the pictures look pretty scary!

I’ll ask again- any resistance band recommendations?

Wine preference- red, white, or both? For me, its both, but when its hot out I prefer white.

Raleigh Marathon Training Week 11 and Giving up Facebook

Week of 3/2/14- 3/8/14

Sunday 3/2: 8.2miles easy (9:32 pace), drills, Quick Strength for Runners Week 4 (Part 1)

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Monday 3/3: Rest, 45 minutes easy yoga  (Snow day)

Tuesday 3/4: 8 terrible treadmill miles, PM- Pilates for Runners DVD

Wednesday 3/5: 12 miles with 8 mile progression run in the middle (9:10 pace overall), core, Quick Strength for Runners Week 4 (Part 2)

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Thursday 3/6: 8.12 miles with 5 x 1k and 400 m recovery (8:35 pace overall), PM- Body Pump

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maybe this will be the last time we see snow this winter?!

Friday 3/7: 6 miles easy (9:47 pace), drills

Saturday 3/8: 18.2 miles with 10 at goal marathon pace (8:56 pace overall)

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Finally added some hills to my long run

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Total: 60.54

I managed to pull off another 60 mile week and I am still feeling good! (Well, except for knowing that I have a lazy butt).

As you may have been able to tell from the title of this post, I gave up Facebook. (Just for Lent.) I find myself checking it way too often and getting annoyed about seeing the same types of posts from the same people all the time. I figured it would be good to break away for a little bit.

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However, it looks like Facebook knew I hadn’t signed in for a few days…I even got an E-mail saying I missed a lot!

 

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Hopefully I don’t miss anything too important, but I keep reminding myself that 11 years ago I found out about things without Facebook. I didn’t make any sort of public announcement on there that I would be signing off, I just decided on Wednesday that I wouldn’t go on until Easter.

Have you ever given up social media?

How was your week in running?

If you are Catholic, did you give up anything for Lent?

Raleigh Marathon Training Week 10 and More Snow?

Week of 2/23/14-3/1/14

Sunday 2/23: 6.1 miles easy (9:20 pace), drills, Quick Strength for Runners Week 3 (Part 1)

Monday 2/24: AM- 12 miles with 3 x 2 miles at HMP (8:51 pace overall), core work, PM- Body Pump

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Tuesday 2/25: AM-6.2 miles easy (9:40 pace overall), PM- Pilates for Runners DVD

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Wednesday 2/26: 12.1 miles (in the snow!) with 8 at MGP (9:02 pace overall), Quick Strength for Runners Week 3 (Part 2)

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Thursday 2/27: Rest, 30 minutes Reflexion Yoga

Friday 2/28: 6 miles easy (9:45 pace), drills

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Saturday 3/1 18 miles (9:20 pace)

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postrunbeer  Post long run relaxation

Total: 60.4 miles

This was a good week, and I hit 60 miles for the first time ever! It’s been exciting to reach new all time weekly mileage highs, but for the next few weeks I plan to hover around 60/61 miles as the peak of my training before tapering.

I am already starting to get stressed out about the upcoming week of training, because there is a snowstorm today. I got an easy run in yesterday, but I am worried that the conditions this week will make it difficult to get my harder workouts in.

I keep telling myself that a few missed runs won’t ruin my training, and that spring is RIGHT around the corner. (But how much longer can I really keep saying that for?!) Luckily I haven’t really missed any workouts, due to switching around my schedule based on how the weather looks for the upcoming week. It seems like Monday is the the worst day to get snow, because there isn’t much time to get a few quality workouts in before the snow comes. Rob is actually about to go brave the snow for a 2-3 mile run, but I decided to pass. I’m feeling  a little sore from this weekends 18 miler, so I am hoping that I can save my running for a day when I can get in a planned workout. I mean, I’d rather not run a 12 mile progression run in 17 degrees, wind, and 6 inches of snow/ice…but that’s just me.

I am going to try to not worry so much about getting all of my specific runs in, but instead focus on some of the things I can control. Specifically, I need to make sure I am drinking enough water. I am usually pretty good about staying hydrated, but as I have been running more I think I need to make a conscious effort to drink more water. In this post from Running Around the Bend, there is an important reminder about staying hydrated and the impact of dehydration. I am also going to make sure I keep up with my core work and foam rolling- I can’t blame the snow for getting in the way of those activities!

I shared this picture on instagram yesterday:

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We went out to dinner at The Prime Rib on Saturday night. We had planned to use a gift card we had been saving for awhile (it was a wedding gift) and decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day a few weeks late. We never like going out on Valentine’s Day weekend, so we usually do something the week after, but we couldn’t get a reservation at a time that worked for us.

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We never really go out to eat, so it was nice to do something special, and I think we both enjoyed a nice big meal after our Saturday long runs!

How was your week in training?

Are you still dealing with winter weather?

Raleigh Marathon Training Week 9 and Freedom!

Another week of training is in the books and there wasn’t anything too special about this week. My low back has been acting up a little bit…I am blaming the 3 weeks I spent as a juror having to sit all day long and only being allowed to get up when the judge released us for a break. Usually when I am at work I am walking around most of the day. I might sit for a few minutes on and off, but I consider it a good day if I can sit down to eat lunch for 10 minutes. I can also get up when I want, not when someone tells me I can. I understand that we need jurors, and there needs to be some sort of order throughout the process, but there are so many activities in society that expect us to sit for extended periods of time.

The perfect method for getting out of jury duty:

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(Maybe I’ll try this next time?)

Once I started having some low back problems, I became more aware of how I sat and how long I sat for. I found that the longer I would sit, the tighter my hips would get and my back would tighten up too and everything would fall apart from there. (I had piriformis problems for over a year and every specialist I saw blamed it on my back.)

Even for people who are not runners and maybe they’re not worried about tight hips and other imbalances, it’s still not good to sit all day! I recently read some articles on other blogs reminding readers of this important point and if you are interested you should go check them out on Healthy Regards, Hayley and Run to the Finish.

Luckily, jury duty is finally over! What was supposed to be a 5 day trial turned into an 11 day trial. (It was also interrupted by snow days and President’s Day.) So tomorrow I can return to work and my usual routine. Hopefully my back will settle down now that I am not forced to sit all day! I am also excused from serving for 3 years, so that is a nice silver lining. I have to admit it was also nice to have more time to run in the morning. We didn’t have to be there until 9:30,  while usually I get to work around 8:00.

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So on to the running part of the week…

Week of 2/16/14-2/22/14

Sunday 2/16: 8.25 miles easy (9:35 pace), Quick Strength for Runners Week 2 (Part 1)

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Monday 2/17: AM- 11.26 miles with 6 x 1 miles at HMP (8:55 pace overall), core work, PM: Body Pump

Tuesday 2/18: Rest…Did you know that Feb 18th was National Drink Wine Day? So that’s what I did!

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Wednesday 2/19: 8.25 miles with 6 x 800s (8:52 pace overall), Quick Strength for Runners Week 2 (Part 2), PM: Pilates for Runners

Thursday 2/20: 6.1 miles super easy (10:16 pace), drills, core work

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Friday 2/21: 5.1 miles easy with strides (9:21 pace), core work

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Saturday 2/22: 16.2 miles with miles 4-13 at marathon goal pace (~8:46) 

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Total: 55.16

The weather finally came around this week! We had no real snow and by the weekend the temps hit 60 degrees! It was so nice running in the warmer weather, but I think it was just a tease and we still have some waiting to do before spring is here for real.

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(according to weather.com)

I guess we will see if winter is going to continue to torture us, or if this weekend’s weather is a sign that spring is almost here.

Do you sit all day at work? How often do you get up and walk around?

Have you ever been selected as a juror? How long did the trial last?

How was your week in running? Do you think spring is almost here?!

Raleigh Marathon Training Week 8- Halfway There!

It’s nice to know that I am past the halfway mark of this 16 week training cycle. I am starting to feel optimistic that I may survive training through this brutal winter…maybe spring is just around the corner?

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Last week was another rough one. It started on Monday morning, when I woke up to just under an inch of snow. While it wasn’t enough to get a delay or day off, it was just enough to be annoying to run in. (I think if it was an inch or more, it would have been better.) I found places to run that weren’t slippery and managed to do 12 miles. This was supposed to be a progression run, but that definitely wasn’t happening. I decided to make it my easy run, and use the next day as the progression run, even though I would be running less miles.

Come Tuesday I started to hear rumors of a snowstorm. It was supposed to come Wednesday night into Thursday. I decided to move my schedule around a bit and make Thursday a rest day- just in case we did get a lot of snow. I got in my progression run on Tuesday, and tempo run on Wednesday, and tacked a little extra mileage on to each to make up for the day I would be missed. None of this was ideal, but I felt better knowing that I would get a day off after 3 harder/longer runs.

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It turned out that we did get quite a snow storm Wednesday night, so I did not run on Thursday. I did a strength workout, pilates, and relaxed!

On Friday I got another day off (I don’t think Jury Duty will ever end at this rate!) but the sidewalks in Baltimore were a mess in the morning. I dragged myself to the gym, planning to run 7 easy miles on the treadmill. It was awful. When I walked out of the gym around noon it was sunny, warm, and the snow was melting! I couldn’t resist running outside. So I drove home, had some quick fuel, and headed back out. I did 9 miles to make 16 for the day, and called it my weekly long run. It was much slower than usual because of dodging snow, ice, puddles, and people walking around. I think everyone got the day off and then realized how nice it was out, so went walking around the harbor.

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puddleOne of the many large puddles that had formed once the snow started melting

On Saturday I did about 7.5 miles or so (I had some Garmin issues) and it was a tough run for me! I think it was a combination of all the mileage throughout the week, and running the day after a long run. I usually do my long run on Saturday and then take Sunday as a rest day.

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So here is how the week ended up looking:

Week of 2/9/14-2/15/14

Sunday 2/9: Rest day: 60 minutes reflexion yoga, Runner’s Core Stage 3 Level 1

Monday 2/10: AM- 12.1 miles easy (9:38 pace), core work

Tuesday 2/11:AM- 10.1 mile progression run: Miles 1-8 started at 9:24 pace, progressed down to 8:05. 2 mi cool down (8:51 pace overall), Runner’s Core Stage 3 Level 1

Wednesday 2/12: 11.8 miles with 2 x 3 miles at half marathon pace (8:54 pace overall), core work

Thursday 2/13 Body Pump, Pilates for Runners

Friday 2/14 16.1 miles (7 on treadmill, 9 outside) (not sure about pace- probably 10:00/mile or so), Quick Strength for Runner’s Week 1 (Parts 1 and 2)

Saturday 2/15 7.6 miles easy (9:47 pace), core work

Total: 57.7 miles

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It is crazy looking back on this week and seeing all those double digit runs. If you asked me a few months ago if I could do that I probably would have laughed! I think it provesthat the training process really does work. Maybe some of it is also mental. I didn’t go into the week thinking about 10-12 mile runs the first few days…it just kind of happened. I think keeping some of the runs super easy REALLY helps too! And of course rest days are so important.

It was also interesting to me that my 16 miles on Friday didn’t feel like 16 miles. It felt like a 7 mile run and a 9 mile run. When I went to run on Saturday I didn’t feel like I had already done a long run (but then my body reminded me!) It made me think about how much of the “long run” is mental. Sometimes my long run is 7 miles. Lately my weekday runs are 12, so long runs really are relative. But it seems like when we label it as the long run, and stress about getting it done, it feels harder than thinking of it as just another day’s run. Not sure if this makes sense, but my strange running week made me think about all this.

I am hearing that the temperatures are supposed to get into the 50s by the end of the week! But that is after some more snow tonight. Crossing my fingers that spring decides to come a little early!

What are you thoughts about the mental side of the “long run”?

How was your week in running?