This Week in Running – Solar (and Caffeine) Powered, Wear the Right Pants

Ahoy hoy! It’s a BEAUTIFUL Sunday morning. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, in fact. I can’t say I’m super excited about the Rams vs. Patriots, but I’m American so I watch. At least there will be food (and beer).

This morning I rolled myself out of bed to run 4 miles and grab a hot cup of Joe (why Joe? I don’t know.) with some good friends.

I kinda sorta started training this week, I guess. I’m being pretty chill about it, which is NOT me. I honestly think that winter has put out my competitive fire a bit. I have half marathons to get ready for and I think I’m already ready to finish them. Every time I think about starting to put in serious work, I go outside and decide that if I’m going to brave the weather I’m going to run easy.

I had a structured week set up, but I deviated several times. I really don’t want to do the whole comparison thing and show how I didn’t do what I said I’d do. We’ll wait another week or so before getting into that much detail. We’ll just summarize the week in general. It’ll be easier for me and you won’t have to read so much!

Run-Coffeeing! There were a couple of runs this week that started before the sun came up. Actually, pretty much all of my runs happen before the sun comes up. It’s sad. Friends help. Coffee helps.

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12 degrees is child’s play to some of you tougher runners.

Treadmills! There were some treadmill runs, but I didn’t mind them at all. I really do like the steady pace and the low impact.

Kettlebells and other ways to get my butt kicked (seriously, my butt ends up the most sore). I’m really excited about what these workouts are doing for my overall fitness and I’m hoping that will work into my running.

So about my Saturday run…I FINALLY ran in the afternoon. It was FINALLY sunny and warm outside. From the first step, I seemed to have a little something extra. Maybe I’m part plant and the chlorophyll was kicking in. Whatever it was, I decided to just enjoy it. I ran a solid 8 miles. I decided to play around and run fast quarter miles after mile 1, 3 and 6. Everything went right. These are the runs to remember and cherish.

This morning’s run was kind of awesome, mainly because we had a full posse of people show up. Some started at 5am to get what they needed and came back for the lazier people (like myself).

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Tearaway pants…a life changing invention.

I was shamed for my selection of pants, but I stand behind my decision. Coffee was bro time, all the girls bailed. It was great to catch up with so many people all at once, especially while running! I still don’t know when I went from being a lone wolf runner to being so social. That’ll happen, I guess.

Next week I’m going to get back to this running fast thing. It probably won’t be tomorrow though. I’ll be busy digesting all of the garbage that I’m about to put in my body as part of what is Super Bowl Sunday! I hope you all have a good one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Replies to “This Week in Running – Solar (and Caffeine) Powered, Wear the Right Pants”

  1. Surprisingly, I did not go too insane with an excess of crap food and booze on Superbowl Sunday. Actually, I did not even watch the game, because I did not go to any parties. However, my Popeye’s chick family pack was quite delicious, and I washed it down with beer, wine, and ice cream. All was good in the hood.

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      1. I was hungry. I’m intermittent fasting again, but I broke my 17 hour fast with beer so I needed “real” food.

        Oh, the family pack came with nine pieces of chicken, two large sides, four buscuits, and a 1/2 gallon of tea. Actually, the tea tastes nice with a little gin.

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  2. I Googled “why is coffee called a cup of Joe” and the top result was a wall of text that started out by saying no one really knows anymore, so I stopped reading.
    Extreme temps squash my motivation to run fast too. I think I already earned the credit just by showing up!

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  3. I have runner’s envy reading about your running this week. I ran last week (in Florida, which was warm and awesome), but the hip injury that I thought was on the mend actually came back with a vengeance. Now I have weakness in the same leg and it feels like that knee is going to buckle at any minute. Ugh! Doctor’s visit scheduled. Again! 😦

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    1. Nooooo! Sorry to hear you just can’t get right. I had the knee buckling thing one run when it was very cold but it seemed to go away. I’m working on strengthening my hips to avoid trouble. I hope you find what it takes to get to 100%.

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