Sarah told me yesterday that she hoped I “un-moped” soon. So do I. And while I still feel a bit mopey (I swear it’s the weather as it yet ANOTHER day of rainy skies) I’m going to do my best to snap out of it.
This song helps. A lot.
I sincerely believe in the power of the mind. Sure I don’ t necessarily believe that you’ll always get what you want if you try hard enough but I do think that, when it comes to mental outlook, if you try hard enough you can be UN-MOPEY.
Which is why, despite the stats of this morning’s run I’m in a MUCH better mood. Yes, yesterday was a rough day. It was really busy at work and chaotic and I left pretty tired. Which is standard for Tuesday nights: getting home really late, not having time to eat a proper dinner, running around like crazy etc.
So I can recognize now that Wednesdays will never be the day to do speed work or any other type of quality workout. But now that I know and recognize this I can be at peace with it. Doesn’t mean I need to enjoy it but just knowing that Wednesday = slow but all my other days are good makes one little blip not so bad.
Anyway I wanted to get 10 miles in. In actuality I got 8.2 in, which is 2 loops of the pathway. A good compromise I think. I got enough of a run in to justify getting up as early as I did but short enough that I felt like I had a few miles left in me. Which is good because Monday and Tuesday were 12 milers. And really good ones at that. A cut-back so-to-speak in MM language.
- 1st loop: 4.1 miles @ 9:23
- 2nd loop: 4.1 miles @ 9:08
- Total: 8.2 miles @ 9:16
Ouch. Not literally though. But after having such stellar runs for the past 3 or 4 months seeing average paces 9:00+ is tough even knowing beforehand it was going to be slow. But it’s what happen and I’m surprisingly okay with it. I still got to run and although it was slow it was never physically or mentally awful and I wanted to be out there. Therefore life is good and UN-MOPEY 😀
I did get 7.5 hours of sleep last night too which, if you know how early I get up, you know that means I was ridiculously tired when I got home and literally collapsed into bed. Oops.
But on the bright side I got to sleep. Which was glorious. Especially since the one good thing about the incoming cold is sleeping in it. So despite it being cold-ish lately and yucky out I still slept with my windows open and my fan blowing in it. Am I weird? Maybe but it’s so nice to have a freeeeeeeeeeeeezing room (and for those of you who know me you know that I HATE the cold. Like I need to migrate south for the winter) and then bury under some comforters and / or a quilt.
Also for ONCE in my life I looked outside, saw it actually raining, and didn’ t think “oh #$%” like I usually do. I’ve maintained that I don’ t mind running in the rain as long as it starts once I’ve started but starting a run in the rain is awful. Maybe it was me being all sleep deprived but I didn’t mind this morning. A good sign for things to come and another thing that is UN-MOPEY.
It helped that it was 60* out. Cold / fall whaaaaaaaat? I don’t think I’ll ever get over the fluctuations in temperature New England likes to put us though. And I’ve lived here my whole life!
And since I have nothing profound to add today (except that it’s T-5 days until the Tufts 10k) here’s another physics joke from xkcd.com( which I’m glad you guys liked. Well some of you anyway 😉 ). I’m such a nerd. I literally laughed out loud with this one.
So consider me un-moped. Because I am. Even though this post did have some complaining in it 😉