I have a thing for reward systems. They work. Give me a good incentive and I’ll work my booty off to earn it.
So my massage is today at 1:30 pm at Exhale Spa on the Upper East Side. But before I disrobe and lay on the table for an hour of bliss, I wanted to feel like I really, truly deserved to be laying there.
Call me crazy. But that’s how my brain works.
Since I took today off, I was able to sleep in until 8 am. It felt so, so good. ABS was kind enough to throw an extra blanket on me when he got out of bed so I was super warm and cozy.
I took my time getting ready to run. I ate a granola bar, drank some water, did my morning ab routine and made sure my stomach was totally settled before heading toward Central Park.
The run wasn’t easy. It was cold, and my feet were freezing the whole time. The wind almost knocked me onto my butt a few times.
There were also times when I swear I heard those rolling hills in the park saying “You can’t do it! Turn around, go home!”
Guess what, hills? I can do it. And I did.
I ran 12.3 miles today. It was difficult, it was challenging and it wasn’t the best pace I’ve ever done (actually I think I stayed around a 9-minute mile, but that’s an estimate).
But I did it.
And I earned my massage.
Despite it being cold and hilly, the park was really beautiful this morning. I mixed up my route by adding a loop around the Reservoir. I love it up there. It’s nice to go from pavement to dirt—my knees always appreciate it—and the scenery is unbeatable. Need proof? OK.
Also on today’s agenda: running errands, cleaning and a Hanukkah party tonight.
Have a great day!