Obv you’ve prolly heard the joke I just told myself. You know the one where I act all cute and go “no not *that* kind”. But a running streak.
I decided yesterday after complaining to myself how I wasted a beautiful morning for running. Yes, I know my body needed a rest but hey, my brain is going to think what it wants. No, I did not go for a run. Rather I jogged for a mile because I realized that my last rest day was almost 3 weeks ago and I want to start a streak up. Metal over at RWOL has a streak going for a year +!! Not sure I can achieve that but I’m going to see how long I can keep this up.
Since I didn’t do a run yesterday I was worried that my case of the cursed Monday runs would be transferred to Tuesday. Quite possible but I think that my 1 mile yesterday shook the bad stuff out because I was ready to rumble today.
The weather was not (or maybe it was) on my side. Yesterday I awoke to a really nice 50* morning (hence the wanting to run). This morning? Yup barely cracking 30* — at least it was 31* when I checked at 0800. Brrrrrrr. Luckily I knew this going into the run and was able to dress appropriately, although my damn hands will always freeze. Hopefully I can move somewhere warm after graduating 🙂
But I think the combination of my first 0600 wake up in a while and the cold pushed me to run fast. I was in that state of “where the hell am I?” after the alarm and when that first chilly blast hit me I was in the “What the eff am I doing?” state. So in hindsight I prolly went out a bit too fast. But I held onto the pace for an admirable distance (~3 miles) before dropping it back to more comfortable pace in the mid-miles (~3-8) and then pounding it out again for the last few (8-10.1).
After I got back to my dorm I decided to tack on an extra .5 miles just ’cause. I knew my time was such that I wasn’t in a time-bind for my 0830 class and I was feeling good. Why not? I mean I did just take a (semi) rest day, right? Anyway, my time for the 10.6 miles was one that I would have been happy with for a lesser distance (at least for a first-day-of-the-week-run) so HELL YEAH. My average pace was :15 less than my target for am runs so I was really pumped after calculating that.
Good thing too because the rest of my life is wickkkkked stressful at the moment. The semester is winding down and we’re in the final stretch here. Now, if you had asked me *before* break I would have said that the bulk of the work is done. And it is – kind of. Unfortunately I’m really stressed about post-grad stuff so any little school stress is like the straw that is breaking my back. Not fun indeed.
But I do have perspective on the situation. At least for most of it. Yes I am extremely worried about next year BUT I’m recognizing my limits and the impact of what I’m doing now on my future. For example: I bombed exam 2 (as well as #1) in a particular class but am I worried? No. I am a senior and one B on my transcript so late in the game is not going to derail my GPA. And I’m never going to use this class post-grad. So eff that. So school stuff is under control. If anyone has any way of calming my future worries / wants to give me a job (preferably overseas, preferably in health care) I’d much appreciate it 🙂
And as a wrap up because despite my checking out of this semester I *do* still have work to do: AMarathoner asked about my Boston goals (because as of right now that’s the next thing on my schedule). I guess I haven’t thought about A,B,C goals but the ultimate goal is to re-qualify. I suppose I should start entertaining other goals too but first I need to find a training plan!!
Have a great Tuesday all! — ugh can’t believe it’s *only* Tuesday haha.
P.S. Thanks for all the “bamf” “great job” and other nice comments about my running lately. It’s so nice to hear from ppl who actually get why and what I do 🙂