It is now crunch time! Can you believe it will be three weeks before toeing the line at the Verrazano Bridge!? Continue reading
Flu season is on full throttle. I work as a seasonal travel nurse going to corporations and stabbing, I mean giving flu shots for hours on end. However my company changed their operations by giving us all the supplies to us directly to our address. You’d think that makes it easier? Not when they expect you to bring the supplies to the location in a shipping crate that I can essentially fit into. Now bring that on the subway. On rush hour. With no elevators.
It doesn’t help when the trolley they give you is the cheapest thing on the planet. The wheels are so small, any crack on the sidewalk will topple the giant crate over. And you already know in New York there is a shit ton of construction. Sometimes I can’t even walk 5 feet without this giant crate falling again and again and again.
So that was my past few weeks. I’ve been having the worst anxiety commuting when I have to drag that crate around. I’ve probably done a ton of upper body strength training carrying that thing up the stairs. Thank goodness I haven’t needed to carry it down the stairs. I think it would topple me over. Once I finish the program I throw it to the nearest FedEx and say good riddance to it. I take the train home feeling 1000lb lighter.
But the point is, it might have been the cause of my desire to go straight home and not do anything during the work week.
I feel it’s safe to say that many runners who work a 9-5 job, live in an area where the weather does not permit, or have families (and friends) go through the same predicament at some point in their training: early morning runs. Often times it is deemed out of absolute necessity because I know if I could, I would pick sunset running over sunrise running any time. But I want to enjoy my after-work hours with friends and family or bothering PB at home. When training started in the summer for me, early morning runs were even more necessary because it was the coolest time of the day (80F and 85% humidity was the coolest temp… seriously). Like many people, I still dread early morning runs and it’s still a full blown battle each time because who doesn’t like snuggling in bed?
But somehow they get done. Well, not without an actual plan. There is a good deal of preparation to ensure you’re able to get your ass out the door and get running at 4:00am. The actual run itself is not the hard part– it’s the getting your ass out of bed 😦 and actually having your body awake enough to get out of the house. There is no full-proof formula, otherwise everyone can do it. But there were some things I did that helped, and I need everything and a prayer (or three) to get through the darkest hour. Continue reading
I can’t believe there is just 5 weeks left before D-day (or M-day?) and luckily I don’t feel as unprepared once upon a time. All the runs still feel hard but they get done to my disbelief. After 2 weeks of no real “long runs” I was nervous about my longest run of the training program. Actually, the program’s longest runs are 20 miles. I just wanted to see how I’d feel if I add “two measly miles”. Continue reading
I guess I failed to mention last week (mainly because I didn’t think it was that big of a deal) but Saturday when I was at Mercer County DBF, I rolled/popped out my left ankle just because I have an incredibly weak left ankle. Many years ago, I rolled my ankle and over the course of the following years, I rolled it numerous times. This was even before I started running so when I did take up running, it was always on the back of my mind. The first few times I remembered rolling my ankle, it was horrible. It swelled up to double its size for weeks and it took just as long before I could properly rotate it. I wasn’t able to go into the work the day after because I couldn’t walk. And I wasn’t able to get back into an exercise routine for a while. Now, almost anything can off set it. In February I was walking down the stairs at my pole studio when it suddenly popped out and I popped it right back in. I sat down for a few minutes, put some ice on it and next thing you know, I was walking out of the studio good enough. This past Saturday, I took a bad step walking out of the porti-potty and the same shit happened. I limped back, put some more ice and I went back out to finish a 500m race. Basically this is a new thing for me. Now when I “roll” my ankle, its so use to it, it takes almost no time for me to get back on my feet. This is a really bad sign because it just puts me at more risk for something to happen to it. Before I know it, I will have a flaccid ankle TT_TT When I’m 70, I’ll probably get an ankle replacement. Continue reading
Well this now marks being over halfway done with marathon training. However, my definition of celebrating this momentous event is doing a whole lot of nothing.
I did next to zero of running. My motivation was zero– to the point where I didn’t even regret not running this week. So I’m just going to call this my off week; even with my minimal mileage running plan 😛 And to be honest, it was pretty helpful because it made me miss running (just a little). When PB and I were driving along the Belt Sunday morning I saw all the bikers and runners and almost wished that was me there. Continue reading
The weather is quickly cooling down and I’m torn between being relieved and still wanting to hold onto summer temps. I love summer. I just hate summer running because running is already dreadful enough. But that also means I really have no excuses to skip out on my runs. This week’s running schedule was completed but due to the short week, I only had 4 days left to attempt everything… which was not successful. Barely any weight lifting or stretching 😦