Sunday is typically when I check out the weather for the week and decide on my plan for running days since I’m trying to get all the runs in during the week so I can be really super lazy on the weekends. And by really super lazy I mean stay in bed past 6am.
This week the weather wasn’t amazing, but it was totally craptastic, either, and I managed to do my “track” workout on the treadmill since the weather at 6pm was 93 degrees and I figured that was probably not a good idea for speedwork. Or any work aside from consuming something frosty that might potentially result in brain freeze.
Tip for Run Less, Run Faster training: My first impulse was to of course go with something really, really ambitious. It’s helped a lot to set a more realistic goal and actually finish my runs faster than I need to, even though that maybe defeats the purpose. I frustrate really easily with running, especially in the hot summer months, and I still give each run everything I’ve got on that day, but I think realism is a good thing with this program. The best feeling was taking on Massachusetts Ave going north and not stopping or falling behind my goal pace on my long run. I know NYC has hills, so I’m actively trying to not avoid areas I know have a steep incline on my non-speed, non-tempo run. I run up them with what I’m sure is a maniacal smile huffing and puffing and muttering under my breath, “I love hills, hills are just so much fun, hills hills hills! The hills are alive! And so is my ass, oh man this hurts…”
I’m doing weekday long runs for as long as possible because I love being able to sleep in on the weekends. And by sleep in I mean wake up at 6am but still kind of lay around in bed doing nothing aside from reading and watching television for another 5 hours. IT’S GLORIOUS to not have to wake up early and be anywhere two whole days out of the week. Delightful. In fact, it’s what I think about when I do my long runs on weeknights when I’m tired and just want to go home and relax on the couch after work. “Just think how nice it’ll be when you sleep in and stay lazy those extra hours on the weekend…” And Sunday morning I just sit in bed thinking, “oh yeah, this is amazing.”
I know there’ll be good weeks and bad weeks, but I think overall week #14 of my training for the NYC Marathon was a good one. Or at least I keep telling myself I just registered for the Glass Slipper Challenge so I better fucking love running.
How’s race training going, people? ARE WE EXCITED? ARE WE PUMPED? ARE WE AWESOME?