So I’m annoyed. Mostly with myself. Okay, fully with myself. Saturdays are my long run days, so Saturday morning I set out to the gym to complete my 7 miles on the treadmill. The (huge) parking lot was completely packed. THERE WAS VALET PARKING. I thought it was a joke. Nope! After circling the outer roads around the gym to find nothing, I gave up and went home with the intention of coming back later.
I work out in the morning for a few reasons – I am way too tired to go after work, I am too incoherent to talk myself out of it, and I run/elliptical/stairmaster better on a mostly empty stomach. A cup of coffee and half a Lunabar or Larabar and I’m good to go.
I headed home, ate breakfast, went grocery shopping with my mom, stopped at my grandma’s, and ate lunch. As soon as we got home I set out for attempt #2. Parking success. Running fail.
I talked myself through three miles while my stomach was yelling at me. I guess my grilled vegetable and mozzarella sandwich was just too much for it. I was upset but told myself it was no big deal and I could just switch my days around. I did 45 easy minutes on the elliptical yesterday as my cross training and braved the cold today to finally complete my long run. I drove to downtown Fairfield to do a loop a little over 3.5 miles I calculated on MapMyRun.Com.
Between the ice, dodging traffic and pedestrians, I was really really happy when I pushed stop on my iPod stopwatch at 58 minutes and some change. Too good to be true – I got home and looked at my mapped run to realize I turned a street too early in the loop both times, to end up with 6.56 miles. Clearly not the end of the world and closer to 7 than my sucky 3-miler on Saturday but I’m still mad I haven’t done my 7 miler yet. Yes, I’m a baby. And probably heading to the gym after my sushi lunch to run half a mile. Because I’m just that stubborn.
I feel better now that I got that out. I’ve got nothing else on the agenda today except for lunch with my dad so I definitely want to finish my training plan and re-paint my nails. Coral is the color this spring at Essie’s Tarte Deco is still my favorite color from 2010 (or ever?) and screams spring – a much needed burst of brightness in this NEVER ENDING winter. After the first snow storm, the Adirondack chairs outside our store looked my like this: