I don’t have any big life lessons to share today.
My brain isn’t clogged with wisdom (though really, is it ever?) and my thoughts aren’t too profound. But as always, I’ll divulge a bit of what’s on my mind, because there’s always a little something happening in my super-tired-today brain.
First up, today is a rest day. I have been toying with the idea of making my way to a yoga class at some point to get myself all stretchy and bendy, but that’s not rest, now is it? I should just foam roll and stretch tonight. My body is feeling really tight today. My legs are heavy and my left IT band/hip area doesn’t seem to be thrilled with all the running I’ve been doing lately. So there was no early morning spin class today. There will be no lunchtime spin class either. Because on Friday, we rest.
Secondly, I think my feet are shrinking. Does that happen? I’d love some facts on the matter. Last night I finally busted out my beautiful new purple Brooks Adrenalines and was excited to run with them.
But when I slipped them on, they felt big. I checked them compared to the other eight pairs of Adrenalines in my apartment, and they size up exactly the same — same length, same width, just a very different smell at this point.
And then today, I put on a pair of heels that I always wear, and they, too, felt big. Maybe it’s a winter thing, or a 26-year-old thing, I don’t know. But my feet are already kind of small, and I don’t think they need to go any smaller or I won’t have very good balance. I’m top heavy. I need support in my feet.
The third thing I’d like to discuss is Simon, Coach Cane’s son. He’s still wicked cute and I got to see him last night.
He mostly sleeps, grows and sometimes makes little noises. He doesn’t cry, from what I’ve seen, and he’s very snuggly. I was also digging his striped hat last night. So trendy. So stylish.
Fourth topic: Running. Let’s discuss last night’s run, because it wasn’t my strongest but it was actually pretty good. I ran with Coach Cane’s City Coach runners, which I’m hoping to turn into a regular Thursday night thing. Those people are so fast and since I don’t want them all to be waiting for me at the end of the workout, I tend to try to run fast as well.
I jogged from my apartment to the JackRabbit Upper West Side store where the group meets (about 2.3 miles), and when the group gathered, Coach Cane described the workout:
- Warm-up from JackRabbit into Central Park at West 72nd Street
- Continue warm-up north on the west side to the West 102nd Street Transverse
- First pickup: 2 counterclockwise Harlem loops + an extra trip across the 102nd Street Transverse (hills! 3.1 miles of ’em) at half marathon goal pace (I was shooting for sub-8:00/mile)
- Recovery jog from East 102nd Street to Engineer’s Gate (East 90th Street)
- Second pickup: 1 mile run from Engineer’s Gate to the East 72nd Street Transverse (1 mile) at 5K pace (ideally this would have been around a 7:20 pace, but that’s ambitious)
- Cool-down from East 72nd Street back to JackRabbit
- Hang out with Simon
I loved the idea of this workout since it combined both speed and hills. Hills are my ultimate weakness and they crush me every time. So note to self, Ali: More hill training = better, stronger runner. Add that to the list.
I definitely went out too fast on the first pickup, because I felt good. I guess this is another one of my weaknesses. I tend to think I can hang onto any pace in the world, and that is why I rarely if ever negative split races.
I kept up a solid pace during the hill portion of the workout, but couldn’t get up to the pace I wanted during the 1 mile dash. My stomach was feeling super funky at that point, and mentally I just kind of phoned it in. Could I have run a little faster? Maybe. But my quads were burning, so I did a reasonable push and called it a day.
Here’s how the run clocked in:
Coach Cane agrees with what many of you said: I need to learn to use the “lap” function on my watch so I can have accurate, helpful splits. But miles 5–7 were the first pickup and mile 9 was the second pickup.
And that is why today is a rest day.
Fifth topic: I don’t know how people do hard workouts at night and then eat dinner. I had a very hard time chowing down by the time I got home last night. I can never eat right after long runs or races. I have no appetite and need some time for my insides to settle down. Brian and I ordered one of my favorite delivery items last night — some Indian food dish he introduced me to with a name I can’t remember — and by the time it arrived, I wanted nothing to do with it. Naturally, however, I woke up today starving.
Lastly, I am thisclose to hitting the registration button for the Eugene Marathon. It hasn’t happened yet, but with Coach Cane’s blessing, I’m further convinced that I need to make a spring marathon happen. I’m ready. I’d very much like for this to happen. I’m motivated.
In the meantime, Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!