Today I woke up at 6:30, had breakfast and left the house by 7:10. I was in the office reading Tom Warner’s book on Numerical Weather Prediction and drinking some delicious Kauai Coffee until I bolted out of the NCAR office for a workout. An hour and twenty minutes later I came back from doing a 15 minute brisk run, 5x2min hard/1min easy, 5x1min hard/easy, and 5x30s hard/easy fartlek. I popped an Evol Foods burrito and baked potatoes in the microwave at work and looking at booking flights for future races while I ate lunch. After more reading in the afternoon and a 90 minute meeting with my advisor, I headed to cross country practice for a second run and lift with the Centaurus High School team. I got home at about 6pm to make a spaghetti dinner and catch up on e-mails. Then, I spent about twenty minutes shoveling leaves and sticks into a compost garbage can to take out to the curb for trash pick-up tomorrow AM. Finally, I’m now decompressing by writing a blog post and filling in my training log…although I have the NWP book sitting next to me after I finish this!
When I left college, it seemed like all the advice I was getting centered around being only focused on running. Live and breath is 24/7 and do not think about anything else. Don’t dare do anything intellectual because it will ‘interfere with recovery.’
The problem with that it is isn’t me. I’m more dynamic than that. I love being social and being around a lot of people and I can’t just sit inside all day. Right now, I’m in a happy place. Training is progressing well and I’m finally feeling recovered from Kauai. This weekend is the US 10 Mile Championships and I’m hoping to break my PR of 50:17. That would be a good step in the right direction. Regardless, when I toe the line in Minneapolis and when I cross the finish line in St. Paul – I’m a happier and more balanced person than last year. Good things are ahead, I can feel the positive mojo.
Always stay balanced,