Saturday, March 25, 2017

20-miler DONE

And really it was better not to have to wake up super-early and get to Queens - the good thing about doing a training run in a race situation is that it completely forestalls all "Oh, that's sore, why don't I just stop now and call it a day and try again in another few days?" thinking. But really I knew I wanted to get it properly done today!

That right hamstring tendinitis thing was quite sore yesterday during my run with Liz, and unfortunately it was sore again today pretty much right from the start - it doesn't get worse, and it's not like having seized-up back or anything that really makes you question your sanity, but it's tough when even the opening couple miles of a long one are already causing you to make mild grimaces! I ran the first loop of Central Park pretty well I think (deduction is that I am slightly faster on rolling hills than on flats, in that the downhills are rather faster than average), slowed down after that as it dawned on me that hip flexors REALLY were noticing the hills. Thereafter a slog - I did the middle loop a couple times, then turned around at 72nd and ran back up the west side of the park and partway home. Stopped my Garmin the MINUTE it hit 20.00 and walked the remaining 7 or 8 blocks!

Shower, ibuprofen, food - all better now, feet still a bit sore but feel pretty normal otherwise.

20mi, 4:39 or so

Friday, March 24, 2017

Run with Liz!

OK, this day is off to a better start I think - always good to run in the morning if possible. Made a date with Liz and just had a very nice hour in Riverside Park. A student meeting at 11, but after that the day's clear for Austen revisions. This is good!

1hr easy!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Took yesterday off, just TOO TIRED. I think it's always like this after a long trip and with jet lag - fortunately things are fairly quiet (a lot of work to get done, but all the sort of thing I can do at home horizontally in bed with cats - wrote and sent promotion letter today, hoping to finish final Austen manuscript for Monday), but I still feel pretty much knackered. Too cold this morning to run (really), got out just now for a pretty nice :40 easy but everything seems slightly out of sorts. Back of right leg rather tender/sore, I think from sitting so long during travels. Also just realized that the tune-up in Queens is SUNDAY not SATURDAY, which really means I can't do it - it is the sacred Sunday breakfast (formerly Friday dinner) with G. and my brother, I have just been away for six weeks and really cannot bear the thought of missing it! It's fine, probably for the best - I'll do it Saturday in Central Park instead, on my own schedule, with less chance of the sleepless night that accompanies a very early alarm.

:40 easy

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sunday long run, Tuesday home run!

Hmmm, did I omit to write a blog post? I wrote something on Facebook, it must have left me with the mistaken impression that I'd logged here! Anyway, did get my long one done on Sunday, woo-hoo! The cycle path along the Tiber goes much further past the Ponte Milvio than I had feared, it was lovely, nice overcast wweather. Slept not a wink on Sunday night inevitably as the car to take me to the airport was due at 5:30am. Travel went fairly smoothly, I was home before 5pm, slept a long time last night and am feeling tired today but not unmanageably so. Weather very nice here too actually (though ground is covered with dirty disgusting snow), had a nice easy hour in Riverside Park....

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Was feeling rather lazy (and yes, it does go better to run first and go to yoga later - but there's pretty much only one English-language class a day or none, plus genius teacher, so I haven't had wiggle room on that here), but got myself out the door around 3:45 or so and had a very nice hour along the Tiber cycle path. Rather overcast, would be nice if it's that way again tomorrow - otherwise it's going to be a lot harder to stay hydrated for my LONG one...

1hr easy

Hot yoga!

In case I had not already realized, I have now DEFINITIVELY proved that even getting up early enough to run for an hour before 10:30 yoga does not leave me doing anything other than lounging in bed reading the news on the internet! Will have to run later. This yoga teacher is just SO GOOD - I feel really lucky to have had such a great experience yoga-wise in Rome - reminds me as always that I really do love yoga and need to make it a more consistent feature of my exercise life....

1.5hr hot yoga!

Friday, March 17, 2017


Ah, bliss - such beautiful weather (it's about to tip into being too warm, but not quite yet). 1hr easy, then 1.25hr genius slow flow yoga with Bon. Gotta have more yoga in my NYC life!

1hr run
1.25hr yoga

Thursday, March 16, 2017


I really enjoyed that. Need to keep in mind for the future the goal of making life simpler and more streamlined - getting frazzled/overscheduled, which I often do pretty much voluntarily, is the surest way of making it harder to do the things I want with full enjoyment.

1:25 total, 20:00 easy, 40:00 as 10 x (1:00 faster, 3:00 easy), 25:00 easy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Thought I could run this morning before going out, didn't need to leave till 10:15, but I think the stress of navigating foreign city is still high enough (though much reduced - I got to where I was going pretty efficiently and without undue drama, indeed with only a tiny amount of map consultation!) that I found myself psychologically incapable of getting out the door. Had backup plan to run in Trastevere after church walks and before yoga, but it was in retrospect totally unrealistic - having been on my feet for about 3 hours at that point all I could do was sit down and try to refuel and rehydrate. Yoga was good, and I will just have to take today as a rest day from running (there was one written in for Friday) - knee a little sore, so possibly just as well.

1.25hr flow and restore yoga (plus 4 important churches - Aracoeli, the 2 big Jesuit ones and the Pantheon!)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Yesterday was rest day, which is smart because I could tell today that knees and various other bits are still a little tender from Sunday's long one. Only did :55 not the full hour, the turnaround points of preference come a little bit sooner than :30!

:55 easyish (but with hills)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Long run!

A relief to get that one done - it didn't seem impossibly long - that's good! (Just VERY SLOW!) About 3:20 total for 14mi.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Slow easy hill hour in the park. Lovely! Ended up at grocery store - note to self, shopping when hungry post-run is NOT the best idea....

1hr easy


I have now proved to my own definitive satisfaction that I CANNOT make myself get up and do the run-yoga double on an empty stomach "first thing" in the morning. Lounged in bed a little longer, went to yoga (very good - essentially same class as yesterday, nice to get another go at it!), will run later. And have just registered for Bon's classes this week, not the Tuesday-Thursday morning one, in the interest of hewing better to my run schedule and getting some last bits of museum-going done.

1.5hr hot vinyasa!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Run-yoga double!

Ah, that worked well. An hour easy running downhill and along the river, purchase of a Gatorade and a large bottle of water at the little grocery round the corner from the studio, then an excellent yoga class with Bon. I only wish I were better at yoga - I love it, and I think I understand the fundamentals reasonably well; my strength and balance are suitable; but I am woefully inflexible!

1hr easy run
1.5hr vinyasa yoga

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Hmmm, it is certainly dodgy to leave it till the end of the day, but today it worked out pretty well. Ran down the hill and did it along the river (this park nearby is so lovely but SO hilly, there is really no way to have 75 minutes easy there!).

75 minutes easy (should have had some hill intervals but I spaced out and forgot...)