Scenes From a Run

Monday, December 02, 2013

This morning should have been rough.

Last night, I had to finally break it to my mom and grandma that we're moving away in a little over a month. It did not go as easily as I'd hoped. Mom got very emotional. By the end of the evening, everybody was okay, but I was pass-out-on-the-couch drained by the time I got home.

Earlier in the day, Tom and I had been talking about positive changes that we want to be a part of our move. One thing I had said was I want to commit to morning workouts. It's something I have always wanted to do, but with my work schedule here in NYC, have not been able to pull off. At the end of that conversation, I told Tom that I planned to go for a run the following (this) morning.

There are a few reasons the run was a challenge, the biggest being that I am still a pretty sucky runner. I know, I know - it takes time, not everybody has the easiest time with every kind of exercise, blah blah. I get it. But I have to be honest with myself and say that running has always been challenging for me. Even as a kid, I'd rather skip for a mile than run 200 feet. I can do a dance marathon, HOURS of Zumba... but running is just... ugh.

I have started C25K on a couple of occasions. The most recent was this summer, and I actually was doing VERY well with it... but then life and my work schedule got in the way, I had to get my wisdom teeth out, and that came to a crashing halt.

Add to that mental/ emotional exhaustion from last night's affair, and the dreary, gray cold weather (I have never run in cold - my last, successful run was in 90+ degrees, and I liked it that way... what can I say - sweating is a motivator for me!), and the odds were against me.

But, I did it.

I dragged my weary butt out of bed, put on my yoga pants, layered up on top (even with the neoprene waistband sweat-inducing thingie!), hat, gloves, sneaks, earbuds, and I was out the door. I didn't run the whole time, but I didn't use the C25K app either. I just zoned out to music (90's pop was effective today) and listened to my body, interspersing running with walking. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually ran, and that my tolerance for it hadn't completely fizzled.

I completed 3.22 miles in 45 minutes. Not wonderful, but certainly not horrible, all things considered.

The scenery helped.

I often describe where I live to people as NYC, but with lower cost of living and a prettier view. Like I said, it was gray this morning, but this gives you an idea of what I mean:

That big building out toward the end is the Freedom Tower (where the WTC once stood).

Midtown - you can see the Empire State Building in this one.

More midtown.

The view is one of the things I miss most when we move away, and that will probably be even more true now that I've started running.

I'll have to take an evening run soon so I can share some pictures of the skyline at night - it's pretty awesome.

Anyhow, goal for this morning accomplished. I'm more "with it" now, and I think that's in large part thanks to the run giving the the opportunity to get my head straight. Maybe I'll even go do a class tonight...

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  • _TRIXIE_
    Proud of you for getting the am run in!

    Just take it one run at a time. Don't worry about what your week of workouts are going to look like because that will stress you out and you'll start looking at your calendar and think "I might have 40 minutes tomorrow instead of the 30 I have today, so I'll wait..." Or maybe that's just me. :)

    One run at a time.
    2798 days ago
    Way to go!!! I'm sure you will miss NYC when you move, but there's no better way to check out your new city then by running those streets! :-)
    2798 days ago
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    2799 days ago
    You may not have the same views after your move, but the weather should be more run-inspiring, right? Good for you for sticking with it! :-)

    2799 days ago
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