This past week has not been very kind to me. My car overheated and broke down in the middle of the highway, I had two teeth extracted in preparation for dental implants, and my phone’s battery is fried. It would have been a better timing if the phone battery decided to go out after I got stranded. It went from somewhere in the 60-something% to 20% as the car overheated. I had to not only figure out where I was and let someone know, but I also had to call/search for a towing truck. Oh and I took out my car charger the day before because I wanted to use at Starbucks. Go figure. Also, who knew Giant Eagle did not sell car chargers? Completely irrelevant, but to add insult to injury, I finished reading my favorite book and watching my favorite show this week too. So yeah, life couldn’t you wait until next week?
Rant is over. Off to the positive side….
I’m so very grateful that I got home that night; I’m grateful for my co-worker Sarah for driving me to work the next day (oh and driving me to the gym and back home :).) I’m grateful for both parents and brother for being very supportive and helpful as I know next to nothing in cars. Sometimes I take people for granted. It’s those kinds of incidents that serve as reminders of family loving and friends support. I don’t like negative Zen, I will work harder to harness positive energy and harvest my Zen better.
Moreover, I’m taking on more responsibilities at work en route for a promotion. I have my one-year review on Monday; fingers crossed it will be a good one!!
Due to oral surgery I was advised not to workout for at least couple days. I was bumped that I had to miss Saturday’s group run L! Although the day of surgery sucked, it overall went great. I was off pain meds the next day. I bled for one day. Day 2 was basically swelling and soreness which I could live with – so I went to the gym :D! It might not have been the smartest idea but I was bored. At any rate, knowing that lifting was alright – my clot did not disintegrate – I decided to go running Sunday morning to compensate for Saturday. It was refreshing, energizing, and fun to run in the morning. I actually had more energy when I was done running than before. After some stretching and quality Turkish coffee, I hit the gym for some lifting!
So training-wise, I probably will not get stars for this past week. I missed two runs – Wednesday and Saturday – for a total of 11 miles. But I did finish Monday’s run one second shy from 10-minute pace, 9:59 to be exact!!!! Wooo for me. Baby steps.
Last Week’s To-Do List Results:
- Running with calf compression proved to be counterproductive for me. It works better for me wearing it after
- I did allow two hours before running for food to be digested. I put in a blender three raw eggs, one banana, and a cup of spinach. It was great! I could barely taste the eggs. Thinking about how slimy they were made my stomach crinch, so if you opt for this recipe make sure not to picture raw eggs.
- Judging the two runs I had one last Monday and this morning (Sunday), I have an average pace of 10-minute/mile. So yay!
- As far as walking pauses while running, I’m still walking to rest. I need to do a better job at minimizing time walked.
This Week’s To-Do List:
- Have an average pace somewhere between 10:00 and 10:20;
- Minimize walking to rest;
- Be mindful of nutrition.
Week 2 Running Stats:
Monday 1/19 3 miles= 29:57 minutes, pace= 09.59min/mile (woohoo!)
Wednesday 1/21 4 miles= missed run due to car problems *sad face*
Saturday 1/24 7 miles= missed run due to oral surgery *sad face^2*
Sunday (add run) 1/25 5.6 miles= 58:03 minutes, pace= 10:42min/mile (slow pace due to lots of walking, traffic light stops, and a Starbucks stop to hydrate. So many excuses. I need to set-up the run better next time.)
Week 2 average pace= 10.00min/mile
Tomorrow is a new day, new week, new pace 🙂 … Happy running troopers!