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When Coach Says “Don’t Run”
I swear, lately I blink and the weekend is over. Not cool. Not cool at all.
If you’re catching up from the weekend, you didn’t miss much blogging on my end:
- On Friday, I celebrated my birthday! The day involved lots of sweets, lots of flowers and
drinking in moderationlots of Pinot Grigio. Moderation is stupid on birthdays.
- On Saturday, I ran 12 miles per Coach Cane’s training plan. I also went to a street fair, fell asleep no fewer than two times on my couch in the late afternoon and celebrated a friend’s birthday at Alta (an amazing, amazing, amazing tapas restaurant downtown — highly recommended, NYC friends).
- Yesterday, I wrote a little post about a few of the reasons my mom is the coolest. She said it made her cry. No surprise there. I also enjoyed some quality gym time and spinning class in the morning, and spent the entire day walking around the city.
Now that you’re caught up, let’s talk about a little something I like to call “My coach said no running today and now I’m angry” syndrome.
Last night I checked my training plan for the weekend. It wasn’t updated fully yet, but there was one thing that Coach Cane made clear…
No running on Monday. Cross training only.
I always run on Mondays. It’s how I start my week.
And then I got mad. I got real mad.
I run on Monday mornings so that I can clear my head before the inevitable madness of the work week begins. I run on Monday mornings so I can enjoy the shift in seasons that we’re in the midst of (Helloooooo, Spring!) and I run on Monday mornings so that I can feel just a little bit better about my gluttonous weekend of birthday cakes and pad thai.
So when Coach Cane declared today a cross training day, I wasn’t so cool with that.
But then I realized… I have a coach for a reason.
My workouts are no longer done on a whim. I don’t get to make all the calls all the time anymore.
And that’s a good thing.
Because if I made all the calls all the time leading up to the marathon, I’d be running constantly and would probably be injured just a few weeks into training.
So it’s a good thing I have Coach Cane. It took me a few minutes last night to realize that me not running today is a smart decision. He’s not out to get me — he’s here to help me! Telling me not to run isn’t a punishment (at least I don’t think it is) — it’s a strategic move.
Smart guy. I like him.
I got to bed around 10:30 last night and had my alarm set for 5:30 am. I was planning to do some sort of workout DVD in my apartment so that I could still break a non-running sweat before heading to the office.
But at 5:30 am, that was not happening.
I reset the alarm for 5:40. Ten more minutes and I’d feel fine.
Nope. The 5:40 alarm became a 6:30 alarm, and I’m so glad it did. I was totally exhausted this morning and to be honest, I didn’t really need the morning workout. I definitely needed the extra sleep, though.
When I got up at 6:30 I felt way more refreshed than I did at 5:30.
Coach Cane was right. He’s so wise. He’s like my Running Buddha (not to be confused with Running Zack — I hope you get the reference).
Now I’m at the office feeling rested and already super excited to get back to running tomorrow. I do plan to go to the gym tonight to get my recommended cross training in (I’m thinking a Chisel class and maybe some spinning or kick boxing).
If I haven’t said it enough times already, I feel so grateful and appreciative to have a coach guiding me through my first marathon experience. I am a lucky girl.
You know what I’m not grateful for? My crappy closet these days.
I haven’t had much energy to put together cute outfits and I’ve gotten extremely lazy about the “getting dressed for work” process.
This was the best I could do today:
The fact that I’m wearing white before Memorial Day makes me cringe. I hate myself for caring about such a silly “rule,” but I’m pretty sure my sweet grandmother wouldn’t approve of this ensemble on May 9.
I tried to make the outfit a little more exciting with big shoes and bold accessories.
Holy closeup. Sorry about that.
I’ve got a busy week coming up, plus it’s a race weekend! Saturday is the Healthy Kidney 10K, which I’m looking forward to (even though 10K isn’t my favorite distance).
Have a great Monday!
NOW TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS: Running rest days — forced torture or a welcome break? I obviously hate them initially, but typically appreciate them after the fact. I did not want to take this morning off, but I know today’s break will make tomorrow’s run so much stronger and more effective.
AND A RANDOM BONUS QUESTION: I want to buy fun stuff to hang on the walls in my apartment. Any fun, not major chain stores you love with cool art or decorations?