The message I can’t get out of my head this morning is “Running Makes Everything Better”.
I woke up this morning and was feeling blah. I think I had the post-vacation blues, plus it was the Tuesday after a long weekend. I was feeling not-quite myself- probably from 5 days overindulging in drinks and barely touching a vegetable. I had also slacked on staying properly hydrated.
I wasn’t even tired enough to sleep in. Well, actually I felt tired but my body woke up naturally at 5am and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I was feeling overwhelmed by knowing how much I had to do in 4 days before I go out of town again. I was frustrated with myself for the negative thoughts. So I just ran.
I didn’t have a plan, but I knew I needed to be back in 50 minutes to start getting ready for work.
Mile 1, I was dragging. I just wasn’t feeling it. I thought about walking, but just made myself keep going. It was warm (71 degrees) but the humidity was (only) 64% which felt like heaven compared to the 95% I was used to in Florida.
Mile 2, things started to get better. My legs were moving easier, my breathing relaxed. I started to forget that I was running.
Mile 3, I started to forget all the negative stuff that I had brought with me on my run. I left it somewhere along the harbor.
Mile 4, I felt good. My pace was gradually getting faster and suddenly all the positivity I had talked about last week began to come back.
Mile 5, everything just came together. I remembered why I run.
Its true: Running makes everything better. I returned ready to take on the day. I am still not back to 100% but hopefully lots of water and getting back to my regular eating habits will help. Also, I might go to hot yoga tonight and sweat out any remaining toxins:)
Last Week’s Workouts
I went into last week without too much of a plan because I would be away for most of it.
Monday: 4.03 miles (8:12 pace), strength, CX Works
Tuesday: 6 miles (9:30 pace), PM- Hot Yoga
Wednesday: elliptical, body pump, cx works
Thursday: 5.05 miles (9:44 pace), tried out pool running for about 15 minutes
Friday: 7 miles (8:30 pace): 4×6 mins hard w/2 min recovery, 3×2 mins hard w/1 min recovery
Saturday: 10 miles (9:46 pace), core work
It’s crazy how much my pace slows down in the heat and humidity. Hopefully I will start adjusting to it, because summer running is right around the corner!
How do you adjust back from being on vacation?
How were your workouts last week?