With the knowledge that I was volunteering for Race to Deliver in Central Park, taking care of 4 children afterwards, driving to New Rochelle later today, and flying tonight for Chicago, life just got in the way of my running. Gee, any surprise there? Well, I did prepare for this by doing my quality (interval) session the day before, obliterating the treadmill with 1/8 & 1/4 mile sprints at 6:27 per mile. Unfortunately, when I got to the hotel in St. Charles, their gym closed at 10pm. Meh.
Monday: November 24, 2014
Another sweat-shop like day, working long hours at the new office, and getting the place looking somehow IT-ready. I had no real opportunities to run today, either outdoors or the treadmill. And going to Portillo's and Firefox in Geneva, IL was no help to my girth either. Meh again.
Tuesday: November 25, 2014
Today was an even crazier day at work. Gratefully, the sun was out and the snow was gone (headed to NY?). With an hour of driving ahead of me, I barely left in time to get to the airport. Fortunately no airport delays, and the flight back home was good.
|See the World Trade Center?|
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
...I couldn't muster the energy to run today either. They let us out early, but by now, I was in the full throes of preparing Thanksgiving Dinner at my home.
In other words, this is how easily life can suck away 4 days of your life, without getting a chance to run (or the mere energy to do so).
In truth, maybe I could have squeezed in a mile here or there, but the stress and the fatigue of everything else going on around me, could have at best led to a lousy workout, and at worst, injury.
Despite the 4-day layoff, it was the smartest of all choices.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
This day actually started yesterday. Here:
ALEX: "Karen. What time is your race tomorrow?"
KAREN: "8:30. We need to leave by 7 though because the streets close by 7:30"
ALEX: "We? I haven't run in 4 days!"
KAREN: "Well, you will tomorrow."
The Port Washington Turkey Trot is an annual run that starts on Manorhaven Blvd. near the park. It loops around through Middle Neck Road, Shore Road, and back beyond the start to where the town pool is.
There were 2300 runners, a great turnout despite the frigid wet temps, and trace sleet that would come down every so often. I wasn't looking to best my 36:31 time, that I set back in 2012, but that feeling didn't set in until I got to Mile 2, when I realized, "no way", lol.
Even with my "lowered" expectations, I did manage a respectable sub-8 posting, and actually came in the top 9% of the entire race. And then there's always that killer hill at the end of Mile 2. :-)
The race featured some humor too, to include a bunch of guys dressed up as reindeer, jingling bells, and the leader featuring a red nose. Also, a couple of turkeys were out and running too.
Karen, did pretty well in her race. She actually started at the front line and ran as hard for as long as she could. When I passed her near our Dentist's office, just a little past it, I was like "How did she get up here?".
Friday, November 28, 2014
Funny how eating so much turkey can you make you feel like a stuffed pig instead. I returned to Retro today, to see what I could muster. I was totally out of it, and the most I could manage was 5 easy miles. Spent part of my run, talking to Doug on the phone, so as you can imagine my "conversational" pace is not too fast.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
In a repeat of my feeling yesterday, I did the same thing and added a couple more. Still felt out of it.
|Somehow, my state of mind didn't match the sign in front of me as I left the gym...|
Sunday, November 30, 2014
As expected, I ran 103 miles this month, my lowest for any month this year. This is natural as a result of the aftermath of the NYC Marathon. Last year December I did a ridiculous 200+ mile month. I don't think I will focus on quantity in December of 2014. In fact, I'm going to focus more on quality runs, and strength training. I've just completed week 3 of my 18 week training for the NYC Half, and need to remain focused, especially in this crazy chaotic month, where personal (holiday) and work (traveling all over the place again), is going to challenge my resolve to train.
My off days for Week 4 are supposed to be tomorrow (Mon, Dec 1) and (Fri, Dec 5). I'm also supposed to kick up my mileage to about 36 miles. Given that I will be going in for a shot on my right index finger tomorrow (to alleviate my 2nd coming of the trigger finger condition I first got in February of this year), and then flying on Thursday, with an insane schedule on Friday, I will need to do all possible to adhere to my schedule as best I can. It will be crazy, but if I plan out in advance, take out my clothes for the next day, charge my shit (watch, phone, etc), I should be in good shape!