Virtual Coffee (Tea) Date

I love the idea of the “virtual coffee date” that I believe Jill Conyers started. I know Amanda and Coco have done them as well.

I hope you don’t mind sharing my Irish Breakfast tea. Or bring whatever works for you!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m a little nervous about the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half on June 8th. The race, the travel, the food situation. I ran hill reps last week and then hills on Sunday…and Monday/Tuesday told me my body isn’t quite “there” for hills yet. I knew that – that’s why I’m training for them – but the uncomfortable reminder wasn’t exactly welcome. I know that the real goal is that I’m ready next April, but I’d kind of hoped the HHHalf wouldn’t be TOO bad, and now I’m wondering what I’ve gotten myself into. I am trying to reframe my expectations to have the race be just a learning experience and hopefully a little fun (at least the expo/seminars should be). I’d already said no PR, now I think I will remove all time or other goals other than finish healthy and talk to some new folks.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

Tuesday’s “superficial frontal line” problem, which reminded me so much of the early warning signs of last August’s extensor tendon sheath inflammation, freaked me out and messed with my head. The injury/re-injury fear is real, and seems to be always lurking, ready to pounce. I was smart and took a XT day, and my chiro stretched the problem areas, unfazed, and seemed to think it was related to my hill training (“like doing a lot of deep squats”). So I am a bit better both physically and mentally than I was, but the combo of not running, feeling off, and worrying about the future did not make for a good mood day.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I cannot wait for the weekend. These last couple workweeks have felt really long for some reason. It’ll be a nice long one, with a brief visit from my sister and Tuesday off for a chiro appointments and other misc.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m so grateful my sister found such a good situation for our Dad, an assisted living place only miles from her. (she’s amazing) When I was there a couple of weeks ago, I was pretty impressed. It seems like a good bunch of folks working as a team to care for the residents, and it’s an attractive and clean place. I’m hoping he continues to adjust.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I have to travel next week for work – fly out 6am Wed, back (hopefully) by 6pm Thurs, two days of meetings and sitting in planes/airports/cabs. I am not looking forward to it, and it’s going to mess with my running schedule. Even I have limits – I might bike at 3am Wed, but probably not run. But it’s just a blip, and I will do what I can. There is a hotel gym so hopefully Thursday morning I can get some workout in. Better now than when training really ramps up I guess. And I so appreciate having my iPhone and Kindle for travel. The iPhone is of course great (twitter, email, streaming yogavibes, blog reading!). I like the Kindle more than I’d expected, and I can load it with library books and samples as well as fairly cheap books and have a lot to read for little weight.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

Some days doing the additional strength and flexibility work – and trying to get workouts of some type in before, during and after work almost every day – is pretty challenging and tiring, physically and mentally. It’s especially so when I think about keeping it up basically forever. Monday, I thought “5 more months of this?!” (till Baystate)

But I think it’s working. My long run Saturday felt “different” somehow, like my legs were adjusting to new patterns, and I felt reasonably strong muscle-wise. Holding on to any little improvement I can notice helps. Fingers crossed that all this is going to pay off short-term (upcoming races) and long-term (a healthy, durable runner for life). I did a lot of extra stuff for Shamrock, with great results, and as I will continue to say “it was all worth it”. One step at a time, one breath at a time, one workout at a time.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I love seeing the roses in bloom in such abundance right now, though my Midwestern upbringing still shouts “too early!” since it’s only May.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m thrilled we get to continue renting this house, for so many reasons. I love sitting on the porch, reading, looking, listening – both in the evenings and on weekends after my runs.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m so glad we had a few minutes to chat! Let’s do this again.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?