Cold. Lazy.

18 Nov

So, apparently I am incapable of getting out of bed and running anything more than 4.5 miles at a time any more.  Coming from someone who once got out of bed at 4:30 AM in order to run 18 miles before work… let’s just say this is a bit of a disappointment.

Last week I ran three 4-milers and decided to be content with that.  It was, after all, the first week in FOREVER that I didn’t have Pfitz dictating what my mileage should be.  And I thought maybe I should take, oh, a tiny break after running 2 marathons in 3 weeks.

This week, I told myself I’d up the mileage again.  But… wah, it’s dark and cold in the mornings and my bed feels soooo coooozzyyyyy…

I ran about 4.5 miles at class on Tues night, 4 miles on Weds morning, 4.5 miles yesterday, and 4 this morning.  Not really “upping” the mileage here…

I’m signed up for yet another marathon in 11 weeks and I told myself I would take a little break and then would jump back into a Pfitzinger plan and nail a 3:30 at Surf City  so I can run Boston, damn it…

(photo credit: Surf City Marathon site) This is the cool medal I will get at Surf City, even if my time sucks (which is entirely possible.)

But I keep looking at those lofty MsPW and wondering how on earth I was able to nail them over the summer.  Then I realize “Oh yeah, it was SUMMER.  It was warm and bright and it felt like everyone in NYC was out running and training for a marathon.”  Now, the park feels cold and lonely and dark and WAHHHHHHHH.

(This is my not-so-subtle plea for someone to  run with me and motivate me to stop being a big baby.)

Anyhow, the jury is out on my Surf City goals as of now, but I may just do it for fun and aim to BQ in the fall when I always run better marathons anyway.  Also, if when I run Surf City,  it will be the first winter marathon I’ve signed up for and actually run.  (Not interesting) FACT:  the past 2 years, I’ve signed up for a February marathon that I have not run for various reasons.

I plan to run a few miles tomorrow (distance and pace undetermined) and then Sunday I am volunteering at the Race to Deliver, where I look forward to seeing Ali and Lori.  I’m a “Post Race Food and Fluid Attendant.”  Last year when I volunteered for a race, it was also in the winter.  It was in Prospect Park and I decided to run home after my volunteering was done, so I was dressed to run and NOT to stand around in the cold forevahhhhh.  Lesson learned, and will wear many layers on Sunday!  I do plan to run after this volunteering gig, too, though again– distance and pace undetermined.

Sorry this is boring.  I’ll do better next time.  Good luck to Celia and Kristy and anyone else running Philly this weekend!

5 Responses to “Cold. Lazy.”

  1. runningseal November 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Thanks for the shoutout! I will totally run with you soon. If you run with me at night bc my bed will always be too warm and cozy in the morning. I like your marathon goal too. Same as mine for some point this year. 🙂 Let’s make it happen!

  2. Kristy November 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Thanks!!!! I’m nervous!

    I love your goal for Surf City! Totally doable! And I love having other bloggers training for spring marathons for (1) motivation and (2) they can sympathize with me when I whine about winter running!

  3. thethinksicanthink November 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Did you volunteer at the Jingle Jog? I did that one ,too!

    I haven’t run, yet. I’ve done bikram yoga 2x and ellipticalled fo ran hour today. I may try running tmw, no more than 30 min. So, don’t feel bad! There is someone out there doing less than you! 🙂

  4. FitFirmFast November 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    Your body could be telling you to take a break which you have definitely earned! I hear you on the dark, cold thing. It seems my running trail in the summer can be almost crowded some days until fall hits. Then it seems that someone put up a “trail closed” sign until spring and even the sidewalks are not busy with runners. It can seem like we are the only ones out there but all the more power to us for getting out there. WE CAN DO IT. Also, I have started training for many spring marathons but have not run one yet (only have run fall marathons). Winter training or extreme hot weather training; not sure which is worse. You already have most of your training in the bank for your next one; just run enough to keep your conditioning.

  5. Kelly November 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    I wish I could run and keep you company during those dark, lonely mornings! Boo to my IT band. You deserved a nice break after NYCM! I’m sure your body will thank you and bounce back into training in no time!

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