Another weekend away has left me a little out of sorts and a bit MIA from blog-world the past couple of days. For someone like me who loves routine, lots of time away from home can throw me all off balance from my usual schedule, so this week is all about getting back into the swing of things.
Even though my schedule has been kinda wonky, I’ve been getting some great runs in. When I have a weekend trip planned, I usually try to get my long run in before I leave because it’s a bit easier than having to map something out in a different area and worry about getting it done, and I like to get my fill of Central Park before I go. (I think I experience separation anxiety from Central Park, if that’s at all possible!)
This past weekend I mixed it up and looked forward to a long run along the Niagara River in the ‘burbs of Buffalo on Saturday, and it was actually kind of nice to have a change of scenery.
I picked up the pace halfway through and tried to keep it steady at around my goal marathon pace (is it too early to be thinking about NYCM ’11?), but a gnarly headwind kept me from speeding up as much as I’d have liked. Regardless, the run felt great, and I finished it feeling exhausted and thankful that the Achilles is still feelin’ good.
I refueled with fresh banana bread with peanut butter and blueberries
Here’s how my week looked, which I’m pretty happy with:
- Monday – 7.5 miles in Boston
- Tuesday – 7 miles
- Wednesday – XT (elliptical) and PT appointment
- Thursday – 6.5 miles
- Friday – XT (spin bike and elliptical combo, lifting, stretching and PT)
- Saturday – 10.15 miles
- Sunday – 4.5 miles easy; p.m. Bikram yoga
Total: 35.65 miles
It’s been an emotionally draining week, y’all. I’m usually not one that likes to “escape” life’s problems, but rather I face them head on, however unpleasant. But this week was an exception, and I used each one of these runs as a necessary escape from reality.
Sometimes I think we all need a little break from life, and even though it was only temporary, my runs this week gave me just that.
Question: How do you plan long runs around travel schedules? Do you use anything as an “escape”?