Running Highs and Lows

I had so many emotions about running this past week. Here are some high points and low points:

High: I ran five of the seven days this week! In between the second and third days, I danced for two-and-a-half sweaty hours. My legs are dead, but it felt good. My week proved the point that running can be an exercise you can fit into any schedule. I mean, I don’t remember the last time since I moved here that I did any kind of dance or exercise class more than five times a week. It would cost an arm and a leg.

Low: I can’t get out of this 2.5-mile rut. Ever since my 3.5 mile stunner, I’ve been set back about a whole mile. With my jogs on Friday and Sunday, I told myself that I had to run three miles. On Friday I started out with a longer run in mind, but instead just ran to Plank, did Pilates for an hour and a half, then ran back home (only about two miles.) Saturday was a day of rest, and I thought I’d be energized for a long Sunday run. I even smiled to myself when I bought a chia seed Synergy drink at Whole Foods, and the label said that chia is known as “runner’s food.” (Can you tell I was looking for a miracle?) Regardless, I still ran just under three miles, broken up into two pieces.

 

High: I took my own Sweat and the City advice. The Sunday run was broken up in two pieces because of terrible crowds and a failing iPhone, but I used that break to do some cardio interval work, planks on sidewalk railings and triceps dips on park benches.

Low: Lots of looks like I was a crazy person. I got over that real quick, but I couldn’t help but notice glances in my direction when I did raised lunges next to a couple staring out at the water or glares from the people sitting on the bench where I did triceps dips.

High: I LOVE running by the water. I can’t get enough of running along the Hudson: peaceful water, postcard views and fresh(ish) air.

Low: My Sunday run by the water was too crowded. When I ran along the Hudson on Sunday, it kind of ruined my love affair with the area. It was my fault though. I should have known that 5:00pm on beautiful Mother’s Day Sunday would be crazy, but I was blinded by the fun I’d had running there for the past couple weeks. I realized only when I saw the crowds that I’d been going during the best possible times–mid morning on weekdays.

 

Overall high: I really enjoy running, and I feel like it’s a different experience every time. I’ve discovered that the interval, more broken up running (Plank’s Run Club style) is what I’m more drawn to.

Overall low: I’ve dually been frustrated by running this week. The mileage rut, the crowds, the cramping legs. Even though I ran a lot this week, I never felt like I was in a groove.

I’m going home to Cape Cod for the majority of next week. It will be a much-needed break, but don’t think that I haven’t set some running goals for while I’m there! I want to run two of the four days I’m gone: atleast one of the jogs needs to be to the beach (a surprisingly hilly route) and one of them has to be with Stella and Kody…the dogs.

Have some tips for how to get to into a third mile groove? Leave them here or on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy Running!
The Run Around Girl

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