While I'm still doing Deepak and Oprah's 21 day mediation, I'm relying on my runs to help keep me calm and centered. As has been the story all this fall, this past week the weather has truly been a gift. We continue to enjoy mostly sunny skies and relatively warm (at least for November) temperatures. Perfect running weather. Do you feel that your body has a set point, a pace where your effort feels comfortable? Where you can just run by feel? Right now, my sweet spot seems to be about 8:40-8:50m/m. I'm liking that. Don't get me wrong, I do love me some speed. On Saturday, my legs wanted to go and I hit 8:28 m/m.
The challenge for me has been those long, slow runs. You wouldn't think holding back would be so hard. Sunday for my long run, I attempted that 12 miler again. I willed myself to go slow down so I wouldn't crash and burn like last week. By mile 4, I knew this was going to be a good run. I was pacing around 9m/m and feeling good, even singing along with my playlist. I pushed past the spot where I melted down last week. I did have to make a pit stop at the Walgreens at mile 8 to address some very painful chafing issues. Once I took care of that, I ran my final 4 miles, negative splitting the back half of this run. I couldn't have been happier!
|I tried multiple times to capture a jump off this picnic table at the park by my house. I couldn't get it right. Feeling a little foolish and starting to worry that my neighbors might see me, I headed inside.|
|standing forward fold with tight hamstrings|
|But then she mimics my attempt at pyramid pose...|
|Or gives me kisses while I push up into Cobra.|
|I continue to work on balance while playing in the pose.|
Here's my other mantra for the week:
How was your week? Were you affected by the election? Did your workouts help you manage your anxiety/stress/sadness?
I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap as well as Angela and Ilka for their Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup!