Today’s Happy Note: Rain! I love rain — my favorite type of weather by far. It makes the air cool and grey and calm and lovely.
Marathon Training: So. My alarm went off at 6:05 this morning. I felt like a slab of concrete — there was no way my body was getting any further than the end of my bed to turn off my alarm. I figured I could sleep another two hours and then do the 12 miles after work. Got home from work and listened to my body, which wanted a snack and a nap. I rarely genuinely feel like not running. A lot of times I am just being lazy, but I really don’t think that was the case today. I just could not move. I ended up sleeping for another two hours and woke up still exhausted. My body was telling me something. I still wanted to move, just not run. I headed to the gym in the late evening for an hour vinyasa yoga class and a half an hour of arm weights. It was exactly what I needed.
Do you get obsessive about exercising a certain way everyday — like if you don’t follow whatever is on the “plan”, something terrible will happen? I used to be like that but realized how unhealthy and restrictive it was. Not to mention that it was just annoying and boring to feel like I had to do a certain thing for a certain amount of time on a certain day. There is a fine line between following a training plan for a race (in my case, the NYC Marathon) and becoming obsessive about things. It can be a little hard to figure out what works, but I think I am getting there by both listening to my body and making sure that I keep my training plan in mind.
I have decided that, for my mental and physical sanity, I am going to take a macro-view of my marathon training plan, like Caitlin. I still fully intend on getting all of the runs I have planned for any given week done, I am just going to be flexible about it. If I need to switch things around a bit, it is not the end of the world. As long as I don’t end up with two long runs in a row I will be fine.
I do fully plan on attacking this baby tomorrow though! Wish me luck — this will be the longest I have run since before I was in the hospital the first time.
Just realized none of my pictures from today uploaded. Grrrr. I am far too lazy (and tired) to do it again. Which means this post is officially pictureless.
I will tell you about the best thing I ate today though. Because I can do that.
Fage 2% yogurt (NEVER going back to the fat-free version again; low-fat Greek yogurt will change your life, if it hasn’t already) with a spoonful of honey, cantaloupe and a drizzle of Justin’s cinnamon peanut butter (I think it has been discontinued — this was an old packet).
I used to not use honey that often. But I think it might be my favorite sweetner. I’m pretty sure it isn’t going to kill me.
Fun Caronae fact: I am actually deathly allergic to bees/hornets/wasps/yellow jackets. But I could eat honey all day long! Other allergies: mollusks (NOT shrimp), nickel, and narcotics!
What are you allergic to?
Alright. I’m going to sign off before this post gets any more random.