No Time for Slacking!

Good morning all – hope your Monday started off well! I’ve been such a poor blogger on the weekends as of late. But for some reason, I’ve really been cherishing the chance to just unplug and relax a bit. It might be because on the exercise and training side of things I am not unplugged or relaxed at all – far from it.

Before I get into my weekend recap, I want to say good luck to all those Boston Marathon runners! I can only imagine the adrenaline and nerves they’ve got going on right now. Just thinking about it makes my stomach churn a bit. Hopefully someday I’ll be running that race as a qualified runner.

Which leads me to this past weekend. I didn’t take many food pics, but I did get in some running (although a bit reluctantly).

On Friday after work I was plain exhausted and running was the furthest thing from my mind. I had planned to do a short 4-5 miles, but instead I went home, relaxed and was asleep by 10:30 p.m. Exhaustion.

Saturday morning I was up and out for my run around 9:00 a.m. – I wee bit later than usual. But I only had 12 miles on the agenda, so my late start wasn’t a big deal. I started off and was trying to decide how fast to run when it just clicked all of a sudden that this was no time for slacking! I needed to be working hard! Here are my stats from that run:

Mile 1 – 9:25
Mile 2 – 6:55 (this is clearly wrong)
Mile 3 – 8:32 (that seems like a more accurate pace to me)
Mile 4 – 7:57
Mile 5 – 8:05
Mile 6 – 8:23
Mile 7 – 7:56
Mile 8 – 8:08
Mile 9 – 7:59
Mile 10 – 8:01
Mile 11 – 8:28
Mile 12 – 8:19
.43 – 3:26

Total mileage – 12.43 miles in 1:41:40. Average pace was 8:10 minute miles.

I felt pretty good after this run. My second mile was definitely a glitch by Garmin because I physically Can NOT run at that speed. But anyway – I felt better after getting that run done.

The rest of Saturday was good, if perhaps a bit lazy. We may have even ordered in dinner. 🙂

On Sunday, Hubby and I got up late – I think almost 10:00 a.m. for me. We chilled a bit and then set to work on cleaning the apartment. It somehow manages to get dirty really quickly. I blame it on the dirty city we live in.

How often do you do a general overhaul cleaning of your place?

As we neared the end of our cleaning, I debated whether I should go for a run. I still had about 4.5 miles I was supposed to get in for training to meet mile 35 mile quota for the week. I hemmed and I hawed, and then I finally told myself to shut up and GO because…yup – you guessed it:  It’s no time to be slacking! I gave myself a good kick in the pants, reminded myself that taking it easy wasn’t going to get me any closer to Boston in 2011. So I threw on my running gear and headed out. Here are my stats from that run:

Mile 1 – 8:07
Mile 2 – 8:04
Mile 3 – 8:10
Mile 4 – 7:51
.56 – 4:52

Total mileage – 4.56 miles in 37:06. Average pace – 8:08 minute miles

As you may imagine, I felt very happy after getting this run done.

How do you motivate yourself when your slacker side starts creeping in?

I also kept reminding myself all weekend, every time I thought about bailing on a run, that some really great runners would be running the Boston Marathon in two days or the very next day. That was some good motivation.

And, just when you thought at my slacking ways were gone. We come to Monday morning. I’m having dinner with a friend tonight and I really wanted to get my run in this morning. But let’s call a spade a spade – I am NOT a morning runner. I even emailed two running buddies last week kind of begging them to run with me this morning so I wouldn’t have an out. Alas, they were both busy. So…did I go?

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Sure did!! I dragged myself out of bed at 5:10 a.m. for a solo run (and this after Murphy woke me up at midnight, 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.). Here are my stats from my morning run:

Mile 1 – 8:58
Mile 2 – 8:23
Mile 3 – 8:48
Mile 4 – 8:56
Mile 5 – 8:41

Total mileage – 5.02 in 44:00. Average pace – 8:46 minute miles.  

It wasn’t fast, it wasn’t particularly fun, but it is done! And I’m hoping that by powering through these recent runs, I’ve taught my slacker alter ego a lesson and will be able to keep her at bay until May 16!!

Have a great Marathon Monday all!

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12 responses to “No Time for Slacking!

  1. Nice job on the early a.m. run! You’ve been rockin’ some speedy runs lately – now you just need the confidence to BQ! I know you can do it.

    Also, I totally relate to weekend-laziness re: blogging. I usually take a break until Sunday night. Sometimes you just need to unplug 🙂

  2. I am glad you get to enjoy your weekends with out any distractions…you completely deserve it!! 🙂 Great runs all weekend though…you look great and you are going to KILL your marathon! No doubt!

  3. Great job on waking up to run! It’s so hard to get out of bed but the feeling of accomplishment after makes it so worthwhile.

    As for a cleaning overhaul, I think about it a lot. Doing it is another story, haha. I generally keep the place neat and then do a major clean every month or two.

  4. Your speed is so inspirational to me. I know I can “do it” I just HAVE to start pushing myself like you do! I need to sip from YOUR ‘gatorade’ 🙂
    sara
    http://eatmanhattan.wordpress.com

    • It’s so hard to push, but it’s such a great feeling when you start seeing improvement. I’m running times that I NEVER thought I could maintain in my life. I really think that adding some races into my training helped a lot. Speed is such a funny and fickle thing.

  5. I am very impressed with you rmorning run and am still so jealous of your pace! Actually, I’m jealous that you can run at all as I am injured at the moment 😦 In terms of leaning our place, all I know is that we don’t do it often enough. Maybe twice a month??

  6. Great job on the runs, you are keeping a great training pace!! Also good job getting up and out for a run yesterday morning, it can be hard to get out first thing.

  7. you’ve been a running machine!! i’m sorry i couldn’t run with you on monday. i switched my morning shift to monday this week, but we need to run together very soon. just make sure it’s on a day when you need to run SLOWLY 😉

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