Ah, Daylight Savings Time. I have such mixed feelings about you. After all, I do enjoy having enough daylight to enjoy a run after work. However, every year it takes my body a long time to adjust to the time change, and I resent losing that hour from my weekend. There, I said it. If that means we can’t be friends, then I guess I’ll just have to live with it.
When we turn the clocks forward, I always have a hard time adjusting. I’ll wake up a little early but instead of going back to sleep for a little bit as I might usually do on a Sunday, I’ll get up, thinking that I can’t afford to waste this time, that this is the only thing I can do to make up for the fact that I’m losing an hour in my day. It’s dumb, because I never really do anything productive on Sundays, but I always feel this way regardless. And as a result of my getting out of bed prematurely, I feel really groggy all day. I guess my Embrace:Me challenge thing for today should have been letting myself get the sleep I need. Well, I’ll go to bed early.
Anyway, enough of my rambling, let’s get to the good stuff! It was a great week for running, and apart from having my legs derided (I kid) and trying to get through some GI issues, I felt good. Let’s break it down.
Monday: 20-minute Forrest yoga. I’m not really sure how Forrest yoga is different than, say, Hatha yoga, but 20 minutes is probably not enough time to tell and I can say that it worked my lower back and hips a lot more than usual.
Tuesday: 4.25 miles of speedwork at the gym. Now that I’m officially training for the Brooklyn half-marathon in May, I’m going to try being really diligent in my speed training. This is one area where the treadmill can be super useful.
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: Ugh, GI distress day.
Friday: Not without more GI distress, but I decided to run through it because that’s how hardcore I am. I ended up doing 6.4 miles, combining two 3-mile runs so that I would be on track to meet my mileage goal.
Saturday: 4.9 miles
Sunday: 7.5 miles, my long run.
Total mileage: 23.05, my highest in recent history. It’s becoming clear to me that as I continue to increase my mileage, I’m going to have to really work to be kind to myself–get the rest I need, eat well, stretch, etc. So this week’s mini-goal is to stretch after every run. This past week I was not great at keeping up with a yoga practice, and I was even worse about stretching, and man, I feel it.
Embrace:Me 30-day challenge, day 9: At-home manicure!
- Daylight Savings: Time to spring ahead (cbsnews.com)