I’ve been back full-time in the office for two weeks now.
One of the immediate effects that I’ve noticed is that when work stresses me out, running stresses me out too. I have a million things to do and cross off my list and running became one of things. I know there are people out there who need to run when they’re stressed and they do better for it. I’m not one of those people. I physically find it difficult to run (as in, my legs are very heavy, despite the fact that I didn’t do anything other than sit at my desk and walk up and down the hall for various meetings and such).
After sending Leah a spazzed-out email in the middle of night, she offered a solution that may take the stress of running/training off me. She gives me my long run, work out, and a total mileage that she’d like to have me hit. The actual easy runs and the days I do them are up to me, so I can work them in around my schedule. So on a day when I find that I have a surprise meeting and there goes my morning, I’m not freaking out over missing a run. We’re starting it this week, but the real test will be the following weeks when I have a million things going on. I will reduce the weekly mileage to the lower end and be super grateful if I actually hit them, but I’m not sure that I can. There are only so many hours in a day and I refuse to give up sleep. I need it for my sanity and health. The first two years I had my job, I didn’t sleep much (5-6 hours a night on a good night) and I was pretty much sick for the entire two years. Once I gave up on the idea of being Superworker, my health recovered.
I had a very slow tempo last week. Originally the target was set for 7:45, but after my fall and slow recovery, Leah adjusted it to 8:00. I averaged around 8:10 and I was working hard. I tend to do workouts on Thursdays now because Thursdays are the “slower” days where I have more time. By the time Thursday rolls around, I’m physically exhausted from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I really didn’t want to run and wanted a real rest day (I did not run on Wednesday, but it didn’t feel like a rest day when you start working at 6:30 am and don’t end the day til 11:00 pm with a few breaks scattered for meals and restroom breaks). I sucked it up and ran because a sucky tempo is better than no tempo.
I had a lovely long run on Sunday with PPTC. A bunch of us couldn’t make the Saturday’s long run, which was a preview of the new NYRR NYC Half Marathon course. Ben and I were super excited about the course redesign because the start line is at Grand Army Plaza of Prospect Park, walking distance from our house. I won’t be in town for the actual half and Ben wasn’t picked in the lottery selection, so both of us are out. But I thought running the new route would be cool, so I was looking forward to doing with my running club. I had a wonderful run and time. I got to see friends I hadn’t seen in a few weeks and chat with members whom I didn’t know previously, but now we’re firm friends. Time and miles speeds up friendships.