I never fail to marvel at how much running helps keep me calm and upbeat. Last week was purposely a Slacker Week. I’d raced the previous Saturday, it was Spring Break for the Dude and also Easter…therefore, the perfect week to scale back on my running and relax a little.
Now I LOVE being lazy. I am ashamed to admit it but I find my rest days to be perfectly delightful and I am inclined to laziness by nature. (If you run enough, people don’t believe that, but it’s true). But by the end of the week, I found myself getting grumpy and tetchy, and feeling bloated and lardy. There were a few other factors contributing to this (all silly, unimportant, first world issues) but the lack of running definitely contributed to my grumpiness.
So this week, I just wanted to get back at it again. I wanted to notch up some miles. I wasn’t fussed about speed, I just wanted to put some hours in, to get some miles under my feet and to start to feel more like myself again.
Monday: 9.4 hilly miles at 10.07 pace
Took advantage of pre-school to run some hilly miles. I was mildly disappointed by the pace but not overly so. It was nice to be back out there.
Tuesday: 9 mile weehoo cycle ride
Took the Dude out on the new weehoo to see how we coped. There’s a lot that I like about the weehoo but my word, it’s heavy and cumbersome. It has the turning circle of an oil tanker! But the Dude liked it and had a lot of fun. We cycled the Fisherman’s Wharf – Golden Gate Bridge – Sausalito ferry loop on a very VERY windy day so it was a bit of a slog but we made it and rewarded ourselves with ice-cream.
I’m starting to really like the 10 mile distance. Long enough to feel like a really good long run, short enough to avoid the Dying Swan feeling of those last miles of a 12-miler. This run had some hills in it but a lot of flat and I really enjoyed it. Listened to the Talk Ultra podcast about Marathon des Sables and spent the whole time marveling at the crazies who run it!!
Thursday: 3.5 miles walk on treadmill at 16.15 pace Didn’t get to run today but spent an hour on our Walking-Pace-Only treadmill in the evening. Let me tell you something…never buy a Walking-Pace-Only treadmill!
Anyway, after this week… suffice to say that I feel a WHOLE lot more like myself! By the way, if you’re in San Francisco this coming week, the Trails In Motion film festival is on Wednesday night! Come and keep me company 🙂