HI friends –thank you again sooooo much for all the well-wishes and concern over my annoying injury. i truly appreciate you all, and i think it’s slowly getting better and healing a bit. i’m hoping i’m through the worst, but still being careful not to overdo it and try to listen to my body (aka pain level).
so annoyinggggg, because every time i set out to run (or walk, or bike, or anything outdoors), i sort of despise/envy/want to trip all the non-injured runners zipping along and totally can’t remember what it feels like to be one of them. funny how that happens, eh?
mmmmkay, let’s hit the 5, Labor Day Weekend edition (can you even believe it?! how is it the unofficial end of Summer already?! whatttttt is this life.)
*running. (and next, to go along with that, “alternatives to or imposters thereof.”) this hasn’t been the worst week, but def still not back to feeling great by any means.
i hit a 6-miler on Tuesday and a 5-miler Thursday morning, and Thursday’s run felt a bit better and stronger.
the first mile or two hurt the most, but by mile 3 i felt like it was loosening up a bit. i know i need to keep easing back into it and not entertain thoughts of pushing myself too quickly, and i honestly am okay with the idea of giving up this marathon in October and focusing on healing. and you know what? i’m totally enjoying these shorter runs…while still missing my long Saturday am jaunts.
side note: anyone else who uses Map My Run get a smug little confidence boost when you get these emails, or is it just me?
*alternatives to and imposters of running. so this injury has forced me to attempt to relinquish my obsessive, controlling hold on my relationship with running (i’m SO NEEDY) and integrate some other forms of cardio into my life…and you know what? it’s not half as depressing as i thought it’d be, and i’m actually enjoying them, along with my plyo and strength.
so, what does this look like lately? well…
- me and the Arc trainer are having a very intense, sweaty, half-miserable relationship a couple times a week lately. man, he’s a tough partner. doing some high intensity intervals (lots of resistance, switching up the incline) on this machine is really kicking my butt, and i’m working much harder — in a different way — than i was on my long runs. i don’t hate it. i don’t love it. it is what it is.
- biking. no, i haven’t gone back to spin class, although i’m thinking maybe i should. i’ve totally become a Citibike fanatic and am whizzing to work and back on these babies every day, which adds about 40 mins of cardio to my daily routine. and it’s so enjoyable. i’m loving this.
*best place i’ve gone this week/in a long time: the Flatiron Room. this.place.is.amazing. i’m on an ever-active quest to experience all the speakeasy-ish, Prohibition-style, old-fashioned parlor type of spots in NYC that i possibly can, and i’d heard of this one not too long ago and finally found myself there last night. everything about it exceeded my expectations and i truly felt like i’d stumbled into another era. it was one of those “perfect little moments in life” sort of evenings: intimate setting, wonderful live jazz band, great food (we had beet & goat cheese salad for an app and both had salmon dishes) and drinks (my rosé was excellent), better company (definitely a date spot) — where everything just lined up to create a “wouldn’t change a thing about this” experience.
win of the week, by far.
*best thing i read this week/man i wish i’d written this.
hope you all have wonderful LONG weekends!
What’re your plans for Labor Day weekend? i’m going upstate to the lake, of course, in just a few hours!. cannot waiiiiit.
Best place you’ve gone/fave thing you’ve done/eaten this week? last night at Flatiron Room for me, no question!