I have failed Hal Higdon.
In my defense, I thought I was running a 5K tomorrow. Turns out the 5K was actually today. Earlier this week I considered running a 5K that was happening this weekend. The plan I’m following via Hal said that I should’ve run one already so I figured this would be perfect. I scrapped my week’s plan and sort of just ‘went with it’.
For a total of 28.5 ish miles.
I mean, not bad. I didn’t get my 800s in there. No 5K in there either. But some pretty good mileage. Also I’ve now got a sack full of bagels to enjoy. I always buy bagels before a race so I can eat a plain toasted bagel the morning of. Today, when I would have already been done racing and on my way home had I known what day it actually was, I was walking to buy bagels. Good news is, I found a bagel shop that has copious amounts of tofu cream cheese in addition to a wide variety of bagels. SCORE.
Once my panic subsided I realized I could probably run Skunk Cabbage. It’s a pretty cheap half too, so it’s not like I’ll be dropping a bunch of money on another race. (The money for the half that I am 99% sure I can no longer run can be transferred to another race, so I’m not losing it which is nice.) Getting there will be interesting, as I no longer own a car, but hey, I’ll figure it out. I made my way to Long Island for a baby shower on little to no sleep without having thoroughly read the directions. Pretty sure I can make it to Ithaca for a half marathon. This does however mean that I’ll be down two weeks of training. But seeing how I’ve so thoughtfully decided to start manipulating my training plan, maybe it will be okay. Or something. It will have to be.
So Hal, forgive me. I have defied you and your training plan. Next week I’ll try to stick to it a little bit better.
If it really ends up being 50 degrees this weekend I am going to run my face off in shorts screaming “YOLO” over and over again until I can’t run anymore.
Two times in the past week I’ve managed to weave my daily running into another activity during my day.
The first time was when I had dinner plans with my friend Vinny and his girlfriend. I wanted to make sure I got my run in but I didn’t get back to the apartment until about an hour before dinner. Part of me thought, “I can just run after dinner!” but then I realized I would get home on the later side and just want to faceplant in bed. So instead of cramming 3 miles in, getting flustered thinking I would be late, showering, and sprinting to the restaurant, I ran to the restaurant. It’s still cold enough that I didn’t show up completely disheveled and soaked in sweat so it worked out perfectly. I mapped a route that would end up being 3 miles to the restaurant, ran there, stuffed my face with pizza and beer, and got a ride home.
The second time was equally awesome but much colder. Because the fridge pretty much only had bruised apples and condiments in it, groceries were a necessity. This merged with the 40min tempo I needed to run when we ran over the Williamsburg Bridge and ended up at the Union Square Whole Foods. Grocery shopping: completed. Subway: taken home. I’m sure a lot of people do this but my mind is completely blown.
Maybe the reason I never did this in Boston is because the subway system is horrific there and the nearest subway stop was a 30min walk from my apartment. Or maybe it was because I lived there for so long that I just never thought to. I’m not sure. But this is definitely my new favorite way to get in a run when it seems like there isn’t enough time.
This past week I ran 20 miles total and missed a 7 mile run. But I’m just going to do it today, because I mean, Monday is basically Sunday when you think about it.
I’ve been in new york for almost two weeks now. The majority of my running has been done on a treadmill at the gym due to the ice patches and slush
puddles lakes. The times that I have run outside I’ve almost wiped out more than I’m used to and spent portions of my run prancing like a gazelle through packed snow which has replaced sidewalks in most parts of my neighborhood. This doesn’t bode particularly well for half marathon training, but at least I’m getting runs in. It’s hard to get a speed workout in when this winter keeps hitting the reset button. I did a lot of my speed training on a treadmill when I was getting ready for Skunk Cabbage, and it seemed to work well enough, so I might just resort that again for now. Ideal: nope. Better than smashing my face on the ground: huge yes.