A 48 Mile Week, But More Importantly, AN AWESOME BURGER

5 Dec

So my blog post titles are not all that creative, but at least they are to the point!

I am fairly pleased with myself for having run 48 miles last week, after not running very much at all since NYCM.  My paces were not fast, but I got the miles done.  However, I feel kind of “meh” about running these days.  Yesterday was a day when I was running just because it’s what I do

I’ve always thought it’s very easy to get caught up in the running madness in the summer and fall when everyone is training for a fall marathon.  The blogs are a-buzz with pre-marathon excitement and training details.  The park is crawling with individual runners and different running groups at all hours of the day and night.  You can’t escape the excitement and the energy.

But post NYCM… it slows down a LOT.  So not only am I worn out from having run those 2 marathons, but it’s tough to get motivated when the buzz just isn’t buzzing like it was. (Very poetic.)

So, although I have this sunny li’l race to look forward to, I’ve been dealing with some serious motivation issues.  And other than enlisting some buddies to join me (Thank you, Erica!  Thank you, Jane!) I just tell myself, “You’re going to do this, ’cause running is what you do.  You’re a runner.”

It usually works.  As I’ve stated previously, I like my job and am lucky to have it, but in no way do I identify myself by it. I tend to identify myself first and foremost as A Runner.  So if I don’t do that, (run) then who/what am I?

OK, I really don’t intend to get too philosophical here, so here’s the breakdown from last week:

Mon:  nada

Tues: skipped running class; nada

Weds:  6 miles, including Q’boro Bridge @ 8:30ish pace

Thurs: 13.5 miles w/ Erica @ 9:00ish pace

Fri:  6.5 miles w/ Jane @ 9:30ish pace (stomach ache slowed me up)

Sat: 6 miles in park (w/ some pathetic strides) @ 8:40ish pace

Sun:  16 miles partially w/ Jane @ 8:55ish pace

Total: 48 miles

This week Pfitzinger calls for 43 miles, which seems do-able.  I should probably start doing some speedwork again. (Blah.)  I should also probably attend class for the first time in 3 weeks tomorrow.

As for the weekend, I had some delicious food with some nice friends.  Fri. night, T and I went to Edo Sushi with Ben (my best guy friend from HS.)  It was really delicious!  Not to mention beautiful!

this is just *some* of the sushi we ate

Then, we went out for a few brews and called it an early-ish night.  Saturday, we basically slept all day, which was shameful, ’cause it was a beautiful day.  I think my body was still pissed at me from the 4:30 AM wakeup call on Thurs.  I did manage to squeeze in 6 miles in the park.  But more importantly, we caught this on television.  I think it’s safe to say we resembled this by the time the program was over:

So I looked at him and said what we were both thinking:  “We are totally going there tonight.”

Which is exactly what we did.

I have to say that I freaking LOVE the fact that I live in a city where I can see a restaurant on TV and then I can go to said restaurant.  And let it be said here and now that the burger at the Brindle Room is just magical.  Though I should also say that I don’t believe it is on the regular menu; only the brunch menu.  But since we asked nicely, (and our waitress was super sweet and awesome) they made us the burger anyway.  IT IS GOOD AND YOU SHOULD GO THERE NOW.

And finally, I just put my name in for the NYC Half.  I’ve never run this race before, or even applied.  But I figured why not!?

12 Responses to “A 48 Mile Week, But More Importantly, AN AWESOME BURGER”

  1. Kristy December 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    training for a spring (or winter, in your case) marathon is so tough! i’m definitely lacking motivation right now (i’m technically in “pre-training”). today i got myself to the track for some speed work but it was so foggy out and still pitch black. i couldn’t see anything. got really nervous and scared for some reason (i was alone and no one was at the track). i turned around and went back to bed. i need a swift kick in the ass!

    awesome mileage for the week though!

    • Katie December 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      Kristy, you have Boston to look forward to! You still have some time to go. And I am SURE that gold-standard race will be enough to motivate you when the time comes! 😉

  2. Christine December 6, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    seriously amazing week given all you’ve accomplished this fall! i’m feelin’ the serious burnout as of late.

    burger sounds amazing.

    • Katie December 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      Thanks, Christine! Burnout seems to be abounding these days… ugh. Good luck overcoming it! 🙂

  3. runningseal December 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    I think we all go through feelings of not being motivated. I don’t think the dark helps, but I am sure motivation will come back! I have been trying to do 9/10 mile midweek “long runs” and could use some company!

    I put my name in for the half too! Everyone is complaining about the price, but I think convenience still wins in my book. Plus it is cheaper without the travel costs! Not too hopeful of getting it. Its a WEIGHTED lottery. Hardly any NYC people get in anymore…

    • Katie December 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

      NYC wants to get all the tourist dolla dollas. It’s all a conspiracy! Harumpf!
      Do a midweek long run in the AM and I’m there! 😉 I’m basically worthless in the evenings… sad, but true.

  4. Lori December 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Sorry for playing a part in convincing you to ditch class last Tuesday…but it was cold and rainy…fingers crossed for the NYC Half lottery!! (must never forget *&^$ username & password – that was stressful)

    • Katie December 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

      Don’t be sorry! It was a good decision! And look– it’s Tuesday and it’s raining AGAIN. Third rainy Tues in a row. WTF!

  5. thethinksicanthink December 7, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    I’m only motivated to aqua-jog so I can keep up some semblance of fitness so running doesn’t feel like death when I return.

    If I were healthy and able to run, I’d prob be bitching over how dark it is and stuff..

    • Katie December 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      I told Kelly this and I’ll tell you, too– I am so baffled by this aqua jogging thing. I want to come creep on one of you ladies while you do it so I can see it live. I’ve only ever seen DC do it (in Spirit of the Marathon!)

  6. Kelly December 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    pic of the burger or it didn’t happen! 48 miles is definitely a decent week! Sounds like you’re getting back on track – hope I can join you sometime soon!

    • Katie December 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      Haha, I know, I know. It was a dark, candle-lit restaurant and for some reason I am really loath to take pics at restaurants– esp in that setting. I wish I had, though. It was a thing of beauty!

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