for sunday’s long run, todd and i planned on running easy and far. also, there were a few key items we wanted to buy from ikea, so we decided to mash the two things we wanted to accomplish that day together. after lacing up, we mapped out a route, and took off at a nice and slow pace. i’ve been reading up on running longer distances at an easy pace without wanting to die, and what do you know? shit works! by the time we arrived, we felt ready to run MORE miles. legs still fresh, yet minds were blown.
these are the kinds of runs where my running app can kiss my butt. while generally helpful, those audible mile/pace updates have a tendency to wheedle and cajole me into running faster when i don’t necessarily need to. now i’m not giving up speed, or the ambition to break a few PRs. it’s just that long runs seemed really intimidating because, well…they’re long runs. i hadn’t thought about the fact that i could slow it down and actually ENJOY them.
once we arrived in red hook, we picked a lovely spot to stop and stretch…in front of a long line of weary ikea shoppers waiting for the ferry. oops. i have this irrational-ish fear of looking like an obnoxious strechibitionist, so i did some half-assed, self conscious stretches while staring out over the water–sort of like how a cat does that faraway stare while using the litter box. turns out that there isn’t an un-awkward way to stretch in front of other people. i lose.
but, the view was gorgeous!
it turns out that sunday night is the best night to shop ikea. no cart-crashing with other shoppers, no crying babies, no long lines! we also found everything we were looking for and piled them into our cart, including baskets to put all of our stuff in. when you grow up to become an adult with stuff, you realize that you can never have enough baskets to put your stuff in. you can even put baskets inside of baskets to hold even smaller stuff. basket inception!
on monday, during my lunch hour, i took a peloton class and came back to stretch my soleus muscles while they were warm. i realized in the middle of my stretch (at my standing desk next to the office gym) how lucky i am to work for a fitness company, and be able to do what i actually love, in the city that i love. also, it doesn’t hurt that the temps have gone below swamp-sweat conditions. can’t get enough of it. i feel like a whole other part of my wardrobe has opened up for me to use again.
i’m excited to push on through the rest of the week. more runs, a PTA meeting at nolan’s new school, some core strength training, and books to finish/start reading.
i’ll close this post with one of my favorite fugazi tracks, which has somehow made its way onto both of my running playlists, one can never have too much fugazi, i guess.