Sunday, November 2, 2014

Countdown to Race Day + Time to Think



Hi there. How was your weekend? If I had to sum mine up in one work it would be: COLD! The weather has really taken a turn here in GA. Seems like we went straight from summer to winter. Sigh. I don't love being cold, but I have to say that I certainly do run better in colder weather!

And speaking of running... Race day will be here before I know it! Only 25 days to go! I had an 11-miler on the schedule this weekend, and Daddy had to work all day on Saturday, which meant an early morning run for me. The only other option was no run - which basically isn't an option for a Type A like me. ;) I went to bed Friday night dreading a nearly 2-hour run in the cold...

But, I got up and got it done! Out of bed just after 5 and fueled up with a cup of coffee and this:

Cinnamon Raisin Scone. Vegan deliciousness.
I put on my thick performance socks, long pants, 2 layers on top, ear warmer, and gloves and stepped out the door into this:

Brrrrr!! It was even colder by the time I got home.
Runkeeper let me down (again!) in the first 5 minutes (~0.5 mi), saying I had run nearly a mile already at a 6:30 pace. Ha! I wish. I stopped briefly to restart Runkeeper and then got down to business.

For the first half of my run, I had the wind at my back, which was great because it was strong enough to push me forward a bit. I'll take any help I can get during a long run! Unfortunately at my 7-mile turnaround spot, I had to run straight into the gusty wind. It was so strong and so cold that it felt hard to breathe - like I was gasping for air. Ultimately though, the blustery air gave me more motivation to push myself and keep going - and most importantly, get home faster to take a hot shower!

Can you spot the big hill??
Not an amazing run by any means, but solid.

By 7:45, I was getting myself ready for swim class with the kids. It's tough to get up so early on the weekend, but I never regret getting a long run over and done with before all the other daily activities.

Random photo of my amazing Trader Joe's lunch - tofu spring rolls and steamed edamame.
I'm not running nearly as well as I was this time last year, training for the same race, but I feel strong and ready for 13.1.

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One of the greatest things about distance running (for me at least) is time alone with your thoughts. It sounds crazy, but with a full-time job and 2 kids under the age of 6, sometimes I don't even have time to think about anything other than what needs to be done immediately. I look forward to a couple hours of quiet reflection on Saturday mornings.

Here's what I was thinking about during my 11 miles this weekend...

- I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I envy people who have known their calling all along and pursued it. At age 31, I feel like I'm still discovering what my passions are. The only thing I know for sure is that what I thought I wanted to be when I was 18 is not what I want to be now.

- Something is missing in my life. Maybe related to my first thought above? I haven't been able to quite put my finger on it, and maybe it's not just one thing.

- I wish I could spend more time with my kids. Ironic thought in the midst of 80 minutes all by myself, right? But seriously - I have a lot of guilt about the fact that they spend 10+ hours a day at school/daycare during the week, and I'm often so focused on getting through the daily obligations that I'm not fully present when I do get to spend time with them.

So much cuteness; so much love.
[Sigh]

It all sounds so depressing when I type it out... But it sure does give me a lot to work toward!

How was your weekend?

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