Back in the Run Game: Week 1

18 Sep

It’s always  mentally daunting for me to get back in the game after more than 2 weeks off, but it really only takes about 5 runs to be in it to win it again. I’ve gotten in 4 runs in this week which feels great. And by great, I mean saweeeeet.

My mileage is fairly low, but I dig it:

- Sunday: 2.6m

- Monday: 2.6m

- Tuesday: mini Ewald workout

- Friday: 3m

I passed out at 9:45 last night, and woke up at 6am today without an alarm. Woohoo! I made my instant coffee just before Mike 1 got up to brew a pot. Bullocks. But we chilled on the couch for 10 minutes with our respective cups o’ joe none the less. I drank about half a mug. Then it was off to get my gear on.

Today is the first day of the fall season that I donned a long sleeve t-shirt. Don’t you love running in those? I started out with the sleeeves pulled over my hands (cozy) and by mile 1 I was rolling them up. Perfect temperature transitional gear. A good ol’ cotton shirt. Most runners would think running in cotton is crazy, but I rarely spree for expensive technical gear.

I ran a 3 mile loop here and it rocked. At the halfway mark my runner’s knee started to kick-in, but it ended up fading away. Check plus.

On my way to work I picked up a post-run breakfast of 1 egg on whole wheat toast (salt, pepper, ketchup. yeah.) and a cup of coffee. Egg sandwiches always do the trick when I have a crazy morning at work and lunch will be late. Breakfast of mel championship. I’m not sure if that last sentence works, but I’m not changing it.

post-run breakfast

Technically this brings my coffee total to 1.5 cups already. Oh well, it’s freakin’ Friday. Tonight I’m meeting a friend for drinks in the city.. and if I can keep a Saturday long run in the back of my mind maybe I’ll minimize hangover damage?

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  1. bahamablonde September 18, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    so last night, i was unusually restless, and i wondered to myself if i could try to run and really be hardcore and inspired like mel. and so i tried it (i took my dog cuz i had left my ipod at the office, and i thought it’d be too weird without SOMETHING, and anyway, it was GREAT!! you totally motivated me, and it wasn’t nearly as brutal as i expected it to be! :) thanks mel!
    although i don’t think my german shepherd, Shera, is too pleased…lol, i was practically dragging her up the last hill! but it’s ok…she could stand to get in shape too!

    • melruns September 19, 2009 at 11:28 am #

      Laura that’s awesome!! I’m so glad you tried it! It’s funny how it can be so seemingly brutal mentally but it’s never as bad as that. Just aim for 20 small minutes and see what happens.

      If I had a Shera I’d bring her along too :)

  2. Matt September 19, 2009 at 2:22 am #

    I wish I liked eggs, because I’d love to eat the breakfast of mel championship. Maybe I’ll just call my other breakfast that. :)

  3. Alison September 19, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    Hey Mel! So glad you commented. A fellow runner and a fellow NY’er! Except I’m in upstate NY between Rochester and Buffalo. Hope you’ve escaped a hangover and are lacing up your sneaks right now!

  4. Brian September 21, 2009 at 1:30 am #

    Welcome back to the game! It’s always good when the injury fades away during the run.

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