HELLO! Today is much calmer than yesterday. Still lots to do but I have time to do it rather than being tied up in meetings and classes. Like stress level = huge decrease!
I may have to take some of my work outside because it is gorgeous out! High of 60 or so? What? And the weather for my run this morning was glorious as well, today a 0600 temp of 40* really meant 40*.
I decided to not be a slacker and actually do some core-work before heading out for the run. This ate up time before the sunrise and, although I still was in the dark, it was nowhere near as long as yesterday. But luckily, as a couple ppl reminded me, daylights saving is ending soon and I shall get the sun back. Of course the flip side is that it’s pitch black at 1600 but hey, I don’t run then so I don’t care haha. LARunner brought up a good point though in her comment about reflective gear. I don’t own any (although my practically glow-in-the-dark green shirt might disagree) and I don’t want to be wearing, like, a crossing guard vest or something. Tips as to what I can do?
As for the core work itself, I did 3x: [Edited with descriptions!]
- Twists (From sitting position on ground, hold weights in hands and twist torso trying to get the weights to touch the ground)
- 90* legs (Lay down on ground with legs at a 90* angle at the knee joints. Shins and lower legs should be parallel with the ground and quads perpendicular. Hold weights up and reach for the ceiling directly above you)
- Dead Bug (Kind of a modified bicycle. Lay on your back and imitate a dying bug. Move your legs in the bicycle fashion but keep your upper body still. I don’t think this is the “correct” way to do it but it’s what I do)
It felt good and I followed it with my PT back exercises. I don’t go to PT anymore but in order to keep my low back pain at bay I need to stay vigilant about the exercises.
Then I went out for my run. A planned 6-7 easy. Well the first 2ish miles were awful. My legs and lungs were not in sync. I think I was trying to go to fast, like my mind wanted to go faster than my body could support. Obviously the solution to that is to slow the heck down! And I did, which definitely helped out a lot. So after those 2-3 miles I found the rhythm. At that point I really still wanted to get the 6-7 miles of good running in so I just “reset” my run from there and ended up with 9 total. Anyone else do that? Go longer than planned because you wanted to get a certain distance in quality-wise?
I don’t have a breakdown stats of the first 2 vs the last 7 but the overall pace was extremely close to where I wanted it to be so I suspect that I was successful in my endeavor. Which made me feel good. Also, I was extremely overdressed this morning as the weathermen lied to me yesterday and I assumed today would be the same so I threw on a longsleeve shirt. Definitely way to warm for that. Luckily I always wear shortsleeves under, so problem solved!
I think I hear my research calling me. In a very whiny tone in fact. So I suppose I must attend to it.
Here are facts of life #11-15 (and I’m glad you guys find them as hilarious as I do!)
11. I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I’ll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone’s laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I’m still the only one who really, really gets it.
12. The other night I hit a new low at a bar. I had to find a bathroom. Eventually I decided it was probably on the other side of the bar so I tried to walk over there, but ran into a guy coming the other way. We played that, Both go left, Both go right game to no avail, so I finally put out my hand to guide myself past and that’s is when I realized, yup, that’s a mirror I just tried to walk through. And the guy on the other side is me. Even cats can recognize their own image.
13. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
14. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.
15. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.