I cranked it up a notch this past week. I did a new ab exercise called “y crunches.” I’m pretty sure they are named that for the shape your body is when completing them, but I have another theory…”‘Y’ did I do this to myself!” It took me four days for my abs not to hurt just breathing, but it was a good pain; the pain of progression. On Saturday, I did a 10 miler and was exhausted for two days. (Probably didn’t help that I spent Saturday and Sunday painting up a storm in my kitchen instead of resting.) I also did my best speed run today with an average of an 8:00 minute mile. This weekend my goal is to hit 11 miles (and also continue the hurricane of painting by painting my pantry bi-fold doors and linen closet doors.)
The past few weeks have not been the greatest. I have been feeling down and unmotivated to do much of anything, including running. The days that I did run, I felt great, but getting the motivation to wake up in time to get in a morning run was an extreme challenge. As most people who know me can probably guess, the winter is my arch nemesis. I have been known to wear sweatshirts at night in the middle of summer, bust out my winter gloves and coat as early as September in some years and sleep on a heated mattress from fall through spring.
I knew I needed something to look forward to, but it’s not always easy to think of exciting things when you feel like your turning into Squidward Tentacles. Finally, after running two mornings in a row and feeling better than I had in weeks, I knew I needed to set some type of running goal. Not interested in an official race because I like running first thing in the morning and on my own schedule, I decided to create my own race. I plan to run from my house in East Weymouth to my Nana’s house in Southie, which will probably be around the distance of a half marathon. I haven’t decided my exact route yet or set a specific date, but sometime this spring it will happen. I completed my first long run (8.5 miles) for the first time in over a month. Although my legs feel like rubber right now, I can’t wait to increase my long runs each week to prepare for my goal race.