After a record-breaking streak of “bad runs” I was determined to do what I could to do to make a change. Honestly, I was feeling so discouraged with my progress and it was taking just about everything I had to get myself out the door. So I decided to do something completely different for me. I decided to go running in the middle of the day. Not only that, I told my worst enemy and perfectionist self I was going for a walk. And it worked! They both stayed home and the streak is over. Not just once, but 13 miles and two runs later over. But I am normally a morning or evening runner so I learned a few things running in the middle of the day.
It’s hot. Almost 90 degrees hot. (I know 278 Boston and others, that’s nothing right?!) But in the middle of the day hot sure feels different from in the evening hot. OY.
There are a ton of people out on the trail.
The majority of those people were men, who didn’t wear shirts. Remember it was hot? Not wearing a shirt seems like an unfair advantage to me. I would have given anything to toss mine in the bushes right around mile two.
Men were running and on bicycles without shirts. Which is totally fine except I stay on my side of the trail and there were quite a few not so nice people riding who decided I was in their way.
I was in their way both days. And it wasn’t the same people. I understand Levi’s GranFondo is coming to town, but seriously, we all need to share the trail. Especially when I go by trail rules and stay as close to the edge as I can without going into the ditch.
I realized I have been putting far too much pressure on myself with running. Just by telling myself I was going for a walk completely changed my perspective. I actually noticed why I have been having trouble with running. The impact after about 3 miles starts to aggravate my lower back, which in turn makes me favor my right side, which results in even more pain. If I stay mindful and not favor my right side, things feel easier and less painful. It’s still healing. Not exactly something I want to hear or think about with a half marathon a month away. But what can I do? I just have to continue being mindful of my injury and allowing it to heal. Further, I allowed myself to get caught up in training and pace again. And I did exactly the opposite of what I am trying to accomplish. I want to take my love of running another level. But how can I do that if I put so much pressure on myself I start to not even like running?! I need to continue to be mindful and train hard, but forget about numbers and time. For now. Also changing my route(s) and adding mileage to them seemed to help this week!
I haven’t heard a peep from my brother. Somehow a part of me expected I would hear something. Maybe not an apology from him, but something. I talked to my mother for the first time in a week, which is very rare we go that long without talking. She didn’t even mention the engagement. Which is so weird! I mentioned it to my sister and she said she didn’t mention it to her either. Even weirder. I can’t imagine she doesn’t know. But I also know she is not impressed with social media in the least, so in some ways I am not surprised she doesn’t want to talk about it.
I am almost finished with my first class of grad school. We have a huge research assignment due , then we are on to the next class. I have been taking things one assignment at a time and it’s been difficult, but totally doable. I will be finished in no time.
I still have not heard back from any of the jobs I applied for. Well I mean any news worth sharing, I have moved on to next steps and I am still being evaluated for the one I really, really want. And I am testing for the police department next week and the week following. What a process!
The Mr. is gone hunting so Buckaroo and I are going to watch a movie and call it a night. Tomorrow calls for studying, working in the garden, a run and seeing what you pretty awesome people have been up too!
Did you have a good week?
Any special plans for the weekend?
Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!