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Noon run squeezed into busy day

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My body needed a rest day on Sunday. Monday was a heavily scheduled day, with no time to run or lift weights. And work blew up on me Monday; the outlook is for a lot of time doing frustrating sedentary stuff over the next two weeks.

Today is Tuesday, a work at home day. Some of the frustrating stuff got done in the morning, and the afternoon was mostly lost to conference calls. The high point of my day was taking time to run at lunch.

The temperature was 32 F (0C), with 9 mph WSW winds. It was overcast, with light lake effect snow showers that didn't accumulate. Since the rotation of clothing for this weather landed on a a black quarter zip jacket and black tights for the outer layer, it was a good thing to be running in daylight.

I set out to just run a quick 5K. Got along the way, and it was clear that I'd cover 5K in under 25 minutes. I wanted those 25 minutes, so I added an extra bit of hill to the route. Then it felt so good to be running that I added another bit on the end to ensure I'd make the time. Then I was over 28 minutes at my driveway, so I ran up and down the street enough to stretch it to 30 minutes.

RunKeeper reported this as 4.34 miles, for an average pace of 6:55 per mile. Aside from the typical slower uphill/quicker downhill phenomenon, which was muted because the hill was small, I ran at a fairly consistent pace. Split times were 6:54, 6:57, 6:47, and 6:57 for the first 4 miles.

Then I lost the evening to dealing with household paperwork and work email, with just a dab of progress on the frustrating stuff. But the evening is more bearable for having had that run at lunch.

From a scheduling perspective, it should have been possible to lift weights this eveing. I consciously decided not to, because tomorrow needs to be a non-running day. The way work is going, I think I might really need to lift weights tomorrow evening to de-stress.

On the injury front, the sore thigh is almost completely healthy now. I have to think hard to tell how the stretches on the left feel different than the stretches on the right. The bad foot still isn't 100%, but it's not complaining much or very loudly. I seem to have banged up my right shoulder somehow, either sleeping on it wrong or lifting too heavy; but I can deal with that. A sore shoulder isn't anywhere close to being as annoying as a sore thigh or foot. I should be okay just avoiding overhead lifts for a while and letting it get better.

I still don't know where my line in the sand is for these busy work days, but I'm coping for now.
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  • v PLMITCH
    I have had a few days like this recently where work was so hectic that I thought for sure any workout was not going to be possible, but I have found the time to squeeze in a quick run, and I ALWAYS feel so much better afterwards!

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    1355 days ago
  • v MEXGAL1
    glad you could fit in a run...I am sure it cleared your head and you felt better.
    Hope today is better.
    Sallie
    1355 days ago
  • v MSLZZY
    Your run sounds like it cleared your mind to
    thinking of how much better your body is feeling.
    Plan ahead and focus on what you can do around
    that crazy part of life you call work. It's the best
    you can do.
    1355 days ago
  • v BLITZEN40
    Sounds like you've got a good handle on things even with work being unpredictable. Nice pace on your run!
    1356 days ago
  • v _LINDA
    Wow! Well done!!
    I am thinking, if you are on the phone a lot, can you get a headset so you can perform some physical activity while talking? I have talked on the phone while on the elliptical, but I have to hold it in one hand and am thinking if there were such a thing as a wireless headset.. Also, my base phone is on my high dresser, so when I talk on it I have to be standing which is one up on sitting anyway as you can do things while on a speaker phone. Also, I use a stability ball for a chair when I am working on the computer, just some thoughts to stave off long hours just sitting.
    Nice to know your thigh is okay and the foot is reasonable, but wouldn't you know it, a shoulder nuisance now :P Hope you are a fast healer ;)
    1356 days ago
  • v PMRUNNER
    Pretty speedy! Nice job! If that's a noon time training run, what's your race pace like?
    1356 days ago
  • v ONEKIDSMOM
    Have I mentioned that I'm totally jealous of your work at home days? I do not have that luxury, as my employer does not believe in it. So... by the time I get home and change into running togs, it's dark, this time of year. Therefore, treadmill tonight. Gotta keep the miles at a moderate level even before building the long ones.

    Tomorrow is my strength day.

    Good job hunting for that line... maybe it's a tic-tac-toe grid? emoticon
    1356 days ago
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