I had been doing long runs on Sundays for quite some time. But today I switched it to Saturday and realized it works SO much better for multiple reasons:
- I almost never do anything on Friday nights, so it’s easy to wake up early on a Saturday morning
- It’s easy for Josh and I to switch off because most weeks all 3 kids have gymnastics @ 10 am. He cares much less than I do about beating the heat, so this way we can both get our workouts in sequentially.
- Saturday night we often do something more fun and it will be great to be able to sleep in a bit.
Why did I just figure this out now? Not sure . . . but I think this will be my new routine. I did 13 miles this morning and felt really good the whole time. I had mentioned wanting to run Big Sur in 2024 and I still do, but I think maybe I will also train for a flatter/local marathon too next fall. Miami or A1A 2024, we will see. I guess this is officially a running renaissance for me. Hoping a little bit of speed will come eventually . . .
SPEAKING of speed and fitness. Here’s some interesting (okay interesting to me) data:
Steps have definitely increased with training:
Mileage by month: July – 62 (I had COVID that month so might be extra low), August – 84, Sept – 84, Oct – 132, Nov – 133
SOOOOO one might conclude I feel amazing and fit (relatively speaking anyway).
Actually, I do feel pretty good. I am impressed at how much energy I currently have post-run today. I have not felt tired overall despite the increase in average milage.
On the flip side, I have definitely gained ~5 lb over the past few months (and no, it’s not muscle). Which I actually don’t care about that much, not as much as past me has cared anyway. BUT would I prefer they not be there? Yes. And would I prefer that this trend not continue? Definitely yes.
Not sure what I am going to do about it really but probably just be a little more cognizant of portion sizes and ‘extras’ over the next month or so and see if things settle out. I am totally sold on carbohydrates as training fuel (thank you Meghann Featherstun — and BOBW spoiler alert I got to chat with her and it was awesome, ep coming soon!) AND I don’t really think lowering protein is the way to go either. Thus, I do not plan on reducing those in any significant way. I think I have to come to terms with the fact that running makes me hungrier and sometimes I have to make less calorie-dense choices to satisfy said hunger, once requirements are met.
I’m also planning on signing up for one of her sports nutrition groups next year, so maybe that will help me figure some of this out.
HOME ALONE has 100% stood the test of time. A+. We had such a nice peaceful Friday evening watching this together (well, me + the kids. I think Josh got home after 9).
Interesting inflation-related observation: there was a scene in the beginning where they had 10 pizzas delivered and were charged $122.50 and the pizza guy says “$12/pizza”. I feel like you can still buy a pizza for just above that, depending on the venue!? The movie is 30 years old! I found this very surprising.