8 Ugly Miles
I ran 8 miles on Saturday and let me tell you, it was not pretty. I went to “brunch” at 10am with some friends. I put brunch in quotations because 10am is too early to be considered brunch in my world. It was delicious and fun to catch up with friends but totally put a wrinkle in my work out plans for the day.
I didn’t end up hitting the pavement until 3pm for my run because I was distracted with errands and things on TV and my couch. Less than 2 miles into my run it started to snow and the wind began to blow furiously. I actually had trouble standing up without being blown over! Part of me wanted to call it quits and just head back and finish my run at the gym. But the other part of me decided that I needed to push through and keep going. And I did.
For once, I actually ran the route I had mapped out and ended up going from my place in Logan Circle, down around the Washington Monument, past the WWII Memorial, down the mall to the Lincoln, over the Memorial Bridge and back, onto the Mt. Vernon trail, up through Georgetown and down M Street and then weaved my way back home. I was moving slowly but saw a lot of great D.C. sites 🙂 And the weather got better the longer I ran. Whenever I passed a fellow runner (or biker) I smiled or gave a wave hoping to give them some positive energy toward their workout and maybe a small feeling that we were in this together.
When I turned the corner to my house I looked at my phone and realized I still need 2/10th of mile to get to 8 and so I ran around the block. That was probably the hardest part of the run! I went directly to the gym and did some great foam rolling and stretching. I didn’t want my hips to hate me today (they only kind of do).
I still didn’t get past the T, W, Th hump of running three days in a row and I didn’t run on both Saturday and Sunday, but I did run 8 ugly miles and for me that’s an accomplishment. I’ll work my way up to the T, W, Th block and both Saturday and Sunday. I know I can do it and I know I will.
P.S. Does anyone else have Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits playing on their Spotify list today? I do and it’s SO good.
Friday’s workout: Day of rest
Friday’s meals highlights: Homemade sauce with whole wheat pasta
Saturday’s workout: 8 mile run
Saturday’s meals highlights: Late night grilled cheese – whoops!
Sunday’s workout: Day of rest…
Sunday’s meals highlight: Bethesda Bagel