Ugh, I still need to run today.
I’ve been uttering that to myself far too often lately. Usually followed by, what should I do? How far? How fast? Where? When?
Too many decisions. Too much thinking. You know what? I never realized how much I liked the structure of being a part of a team.
My, how things have changed since I wrote this angsty post last February! Apparently I’m not as free-wheeling as I thought I was. Running with CPTC in New York was physically intense, but mentally it was a breeze. Because so many runs were planned for me. Show up at this track on this day and run this workout. Meet up with teammates for recovery runs and long runs. I was running six days a week and four of them were generally taken care of, with two speed workouts, a recovery run and a long run. That only left a couple of days to fight the self-motivation battle. It was nice.
I need to get some of that structure back in my running life. And to do that, I need some planned workouts and some running partners. A competitive club like CPTC would be great, but I’m not sure if I’m going to find that here. So I’m prepared to do this piecemeal.
With that in mind, I jogged over to Tir Na Nog for their weekly nOg Run Club. And holy crap: there were like 200 people there. Honestly, it was a little overwhelming. Although I had a nice run and chatted with some great people, I didn’t exactly leave with a gaggle of new running BFFs.
Maybe next week.
I will keep trying.
I remember how terrified I was when I went to my first CPTC practice. Like, sheet-my-pants terrified. But I made it through those first few nerve wrecking practices – and obviously am glad I did. If I can survive that, I can conquer this chaos of this new group too.
Today’s EAT: We had a late dinner tonight. Plates on the table at 10:30PM!
Sea scallops over onions and potatoes and whole grain rice with a red curry sauce. (Confession – the sauce was from Trader Joe’s, from a jar.) And some edamame, because otherwise the entire plate would have been a very unappealing orange-brown color.
Today’s DRINK: When I decided that dinner would be scallops, I popped this bottle of Zafrika Sauvignon Blanc in the fridge to chill:
I hadn’t yet decided that the preparation would be a spicy, earthy curry. This light lemony wine would have been a great pairing if I’d done the scallops more traditionally, but it wasn’t the best match for the curry. Oh well! It was still tasty.
Today’s RUN: 5 miles in 43:00. Kinda junky.
Gearing up for two key workouts this week: a long run (20) tomorrow and a tempo of some sort on Thursday. Even if I don’t run another step all week, I must get these two sessions in. I’ve gotta get back to real workouts instead of just poking along.
Today’s QUESTION: Do you run with a team, club, group, partner? Or do you go solo?