I so desperately need a vacation.
Unfortunately it’ll be another 3 weeks before my class is over. And then another 2 until I take my test. And then I start my job. Ugh. So much for an actual summer. But I am looking forward to having those two weeks of no classes. Like a lot. Yes I have full length tests to take during that time buttttt. It just feels different.
It’s almost like I’m waiting and waiting for those two weeks to get here. And then I know they’ll fly right by. Funny because I don’t have plans for them, and in all likelihood I won’t ha!, but I’m still wanted them to get here. Right. Now.
Must. Re. Focus. 🙂
Despite having a really great race over the holiday weekend, (you guys are way too kind with your comments! But thanks anyway 🙂 )and remembering that racing is very fun, nothing has really transpired in terms of actually planning to do more racing. Partly sheer laziness: I don’t want to actually look up races. Partly I’ll plead the poverty line: I am working for AmeriCorps for the next 12 months. And partly I’ll blame the weather: Tuesday was over 100* ambient temp and felt like 104*. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t blame the weather because a lot of you routinely hit that 😉
I have been running a little bit though. I mean, I think you’d have to commit me if I didn’t. In terms of running lots and lots I’ve stayed fairly committed to running less than I have been. I think I mentioned it at the beginning of the month (which, by the way, was a week ago?! Time goes by wayyyy too fast) that I took some days off, then raced, and since then I’ve been doing some light stuff. I’ve been going crazy, however, without that physical release and I think that’s contributing to my lack of focus, or rather my easy distractability, lately.
In terms of my body: my legs were kind of sore in the days post-race. Nothing “OW” inducing but I was definitely working muscles that had not been worked before. Funny how running fast is so not the same as running easy. Go figure. I actually stretched. *GASP*. Crazy, right?
I did also lift on Monday and it was HARD. I’m very sore right now. Well I was on Tuesday when I started drafting this post, today (Wednesday) is better but my chest is still a bit sore. Weird how only one area is bugging me. Further actually making me want to stretch! And, trying to see a silver lining in the “heat wave” hitting the good old NorthEast, the idea of stretching is more appealing because I don’t want to curl up into a ball and warm up post-run.
Despite that soreness of race + lift, the runs have still been on the quick side. I think I’ve mentioned it before but following a hard effort it seems to not require too much additional effort to keep that speed in the days post-race, tempo, interval. Inertia if you will. My body is primed for it now. Doubly so since my running wasn’t too shabby before the 4th.
And, like I feel like I’ve said a lot lately, the whole lack of sleep thing must place a role on some level. I just seem to run better sleep deprived. Not too sure the source of my insomnia either: all the thoughts that run through my head (I cannot for the life of me turn my brain off! WTF?!) or the weather (I like to snuggle under the covers. Hard to do when the temps don’t get below 75* overnight). I’m sure there’s a breaking point but for now I guess I’ll just revel in the moment of quasi-fastness.
But nothing worth shouting from rooftops for.
I am, however, looking forward to my upcoming trip to Philly. Sure the first part of the trip is work: job training. But the second part I’ll be visiting one of my really good friends from high school who I never see because she’s in Philly and I’m, well, not.
Due to the fact that in a week I’ll be there, I’ve been thinking of how I’ll fit running in. I don’t yet have the day-to-day schedule but it’ll follow something similar to 9-5. Obviously running doubles or LR and whatnot won’t happen but I’m hoping to get a unique perspective of the city via running. Even though it’s hard to really believe sometimes due to how much I run but a short run is better than no run. Any tips?
And, of course, I’ll have ample study material with me. When do I not? I’m actually that kid who brings her flashcards around with her so that I can be as productive and prepared as possible. Major nerd alert again.
So I’m wondering how I’ll reconcile the amount of work I have with the training I’m in the city for. I’m sure it’ll all work out but I’m type A. So I worry about these things.
I mean, everything always works out in the end, but I’ve just been feeling out of focus (duh I did title this post that way) and distracted. Which is why I haven’t posted in a couple days. Everything I seem to do is covered in lame sauce. Nothing terrible has happened or anything but I’ve just been feeling a bit stifled where I am.
So…yeah….lame and out of focused. Kind of like this post. But life can’t all be fireworks and glory.
I’d still appreciate a vacation though 🙂
Now off to study some more. Or at least try too!