After working what seemed like 35827 days straight, I’m finally on vacation for one whole week(!!). Besides the (irrational) guilt I’m feeling for being away from my patients and colleagues who have to cover my units, it felt pretty good to “sleep in” until 6:30 this morning and run a leisurely 8.5 miles in the daylight of snowy Central Park.
Sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself with this much time off, but there are about a million things on my to do list before heading to Buffalo this weekend. Mainly, a semi-annual trip to the Target in Harlem, lots of cleaning, finishing the Christmas shopping, seeing some friends and doing other fun holiday things.
definitely baking these Nutella cookies – my holiday specialty
Having time off also makes me want to run even more, but I’m trying to keep the mileage in check because things are a little achy following Saturdays race. The #RWRunStreak is still alive, though, so here’s a recap of last week’s running:
Monday: 2 miles super easy in freezing rain, 50 minutes yoga
Tuesday: 8.25 miles with 1, 2, 3s x2 (1 minute on, 1 off, 2 on, 2 off and so on) with Betsy, strength (arms, abs).
Wanted to do an easy workout due to the weekends race, and this one felt pretty good but didn’t take too much out of us.
Wednesday: 8.5 miles easy, strength (abs, legs)
This run felt great aside from a minor altercation with a fellow runner who apparently never learned manners or running etiquette during his presumably miserable life. On the roads in Central Park, there two lanes for runners going in either direction, and they are clearly marked with outlines showing which lane you should be in based on the direction you’re running. VERY SIMPLE. I was heading up West Drive in the correct lane, and this guy (in a green shirt, shorts and glasses) comes barreling towards me in my lane (the wrong lane for him), and not only would have run me over had I not moved at the last second, but proceeded to call me a profane name as he passed. Whaaatt? I stopped, turned around and shouted back and really had to stop myself from going after this immense D-bag. I like most runners I come into contact with, but I guess just like everything else, there are some assholes out there (also, karma is a bitch).
Thursday: 8 miles with Betsy and Jenny
Betsy, Jenny and I have been talking about a “tree run” to Rockefeller Center early one morning to see the tree minus tourists. We met at our usual spot in the park and ran up Fifth Avenue (so festive, but so touristy during the day!) and quickly arrived at the glorious tree. I don’t care how old I am, seeing the tree for the first time always gets me so excited.
It was a very festive day, because after work we had our nutrition department holiday party. We weren’t sure we would have enough baked goods…
dietitians like cookies
Friday: 7 miles easy, strength (abs)
Saturday: 12.5 miles total, including Ted Corbitt 15K Race (1:11:47, 7:43/mile – 2 minute PR)
Sunday: 7.25 miles super easy
The roads were pretty slick from Saturdays snow, so was forced to take it slow. Probably a good idea anyways!
Total: 53.5 miles. Feeling pretty good overall, the goal is to keep this up for the rest of the year and start more structured marathon training in January.
Question - do you follow proper runner etiquette? ever come across someone like I did? What did you do???