The Dreaded Rest Days

Rest days. They’re both a welcome dose of relaxation, and a crazy urge of anxiety for not getting up and out and active. 

I have to admit I love a planned rest day every week, a day you can just sit back and relax and don’t feel like you need to be setting that alarm and (literally) run out the door. On the other hand – unplanned rest days, or extra ones, just make me anxious. A little obsessive, yes, but I’ve had a lot more unplanned rest days than I care to admit lately. Life can’t be controlled, though (def something I have to work on dealing with, not going to lie). Sometimes you just need to learn to go with the flow.

I took an unplanned rest day Thursday, and a planned one yesterday – and no time to fit one in. I had a hair appointment last night, and I can’t wash my hair for 48 hours (I dye it red – crazy fading occurs without letting it set), so I’m stuck with strength only for the weekend (so I don’t sweat enough that it’s acceptable to not wash my hair…). Marathon training definitely makes me anxious to miss a workout. It’s remembering, though, that a couple missed runs will not make or break it.

Either way, it’s happened and you need to learn to accept what comes. So, I’m doing just that, by enjoying a relaxing breakfast this sunny Saturday morning. After a hectic week with both work and life, a quiet Saturday morning is just what the doctor ordered.

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Eggs, sauteed kale and butternut squash, some cantaloupe and watermelon. Plus a massive iced coffee – what could be better?! I’ve started adding in some almond extract and almond milk to feel like I’m having a luxurious coffee drink. So fancy, I know. 

Waiting for my parents to arrive with a full on load from Costco to fill my fridge and freezer. Nothing says happiness like food :).

 

Tell me, fun weekend plans? Rest days – restful or stressful?

Happy Humpday!

Every Wednesday, my mind goes straight to the Hump Day Camel. Does yours?

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So far, this week is just. too. long. A rough few days of work is really dragging it out, and forcing me to enjoy a glass of wine post run this hump day night :). Sometimes ya just have to unwind, right?

Yesterday marked day #2 of marathon training, and I went to my usual pre-work spin class at the gym. A hectic morning led to me working from home for the afternoon – SCORE – my ridiculously messy apartment really appreciated the extra time to clean (in between working…of course). Followed by an evening date night with sushi take out? Perfect day.

Today was a whole other story – the crazy hectic work is still going strong, and I was more than happy to get out for a run tonight. Add in some crazy heat and humidity, and my 6 mile planned run turned into 4 and some. Some days, you just have to roll with it, and the 6 just wasn’t going to happen today. I did get to start breaking in my sweet new kicks, though.

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Hello, my pretty new Mizuno Wave Riders :). Pair number 4 of these bad boys throughout the years, and I’m still a believer.

Now, it’s time to wind down hump day and look forward to date night Thursday, and fantastic Friday (with a bit more of that hectic work thing in between…) 

Until next time!

Let’s Get Serious

Today marks day #1 of of my NYC marathon training. I’ve fallen off the legitimate workout bandwagon since… let’s say November – and I’m feeling it. Ouch.

The NYC marathon is simply something I’ve thought about as unattainable since…forever. I guess it wasn’t on my radar for a while, but ever since I started running (when I moved to NYC) it’s been there. So I don’t want to take this lightly. I want to give the marathon the respect it deserves.

This respect starts today. Day 1 – 6am run around the Central Park reservoir – 4.75 miles, 8:36 pace. I thought I was faster, not gonna lie. I hope that average pace was seriously slowed by the fact that I also ran to/from the park from the apartment, and his a couple of street lights along the way.

The respect also started last week – a one month Paleo challenge with a friend – 4 cheat days allowed (because neither of us would ever survive a whole month). My diet had become processed food/sugar/sweet heavy. I’m hoping to kick that processed sweet tooth I have gained in the past couple of months. So far? I really want a freaking cookie. The start of week two begins today…

Along with this marathon seriousness comes blog seriousness. It’s time to hold myself accountable. Food, running, life thoughts – you name it, I’m accountable for it here. This is something I’ve cared about for a long time, and I won’t let myself get side tracked from 100% messing it up. There’s leeway for life, of course, but it’s onto the process of fitting the marathon seriousness into my life. 

So, welcome to serious Lindsay. Let’s see how she gets along… Welcome to the ride!