I've been playing hookie from the World Wide Web. (But, not from running!)
So much has been going on in the last couple of weeks:
My 44 yo brother fell 25 feet from a deer stand and punctured his lung, crushed his clavicle and a bunch of ribs, and suffered a concussion. Somehow he managed to drive himself 10 miles to my parent's house before collapsing! We are so thankful to still have him with us!
My grandson turned 2!
I threw him a little birthday party and got to hear,
"Mimi, I love you!"
for the first time ever!
Be still my beating heart!
Then there has been the general hoopla that this time of year tends to create: Decorating, cleaning, mending and home improvements in preparation for the holiday season.
Yeah - I'm full of excuses!
But the training goes on, and this was the breakdown of week # 10
Days running: 4
Total miles: 26
Long Run: 11
Runs without music: 3
I learned a few things this week
- It really does take 1 day per mile to recover from a race! I was surprised by how sluggish I still felt a whole week after my last race. My mid-week speed and tempo workouts were way off my normal pace, but by the weekend things were starting to fall back into place.
- It can feel very freeing to run without music! I'm not sure what happened this week, but I was just tired of listening to music while I ran - so I went cord free! Well, not entirely cord free, since I ran with my earbuds stuffed in my bra for my entire 11 mile long run! I just never felt the need for them - the thoughts in my head were loud enough!
- Sometimes, the biggest battle is just getting dressed! This was one of those weeks when I simply did not want to be a runner. I wanted to be a couch potato. I longed to be a couch potato! But, somehow I tricked myself into running every time with these 6 simple words:
"Just put on your running clothes!"
I'd tell myself that I didn't have to actually run - just get dressed. Of course, once the clothes were on I was going to run!
Happy Veteran's Day to all the wonderful men and women out there who have served!!!