Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday: Sleeping in ~ Shopping ~ Selfies

It felt a bit weird to sleep in this morning since Sunday is my usual long run day. I woke up relatively early for a "sleep in" day and started the morning by completing work for my online class (fun).

Kaiyu is not a morning person. She gets really grumpy and is no fun when I try and wake her up to get an early start on the weekend so I left her alone (plus her flight was delayed yesterday and we got home really late). When we finally started the day I was able to capture her brilliant smile in a mother-daughter selfie...
Then it was off to get Saree (my niece) and spend the day shopping for a new bedroom set for Kai.

I mentioned yesterday that I read a few interesting articles in the latest copy of Runner's World magazine. In one of the articles, "Winning One-Liners", Greg McMillan says "fitness takes time (and) should sneak up on you". He also reminds readers to honor your body's timeline because "everybody's ability to adapt and recover is different". I'm really trying hard to remember that. It's so easy to fall into the "comparison trap", where you measure your performance against those of your friends (whether they have been running for years or just started 2 weeks ago).
Fortunately, I recognize and appreciate that I am in better shape now than I was at this time last year (and I won't even mention the tragic nature of my fitness level 2-3 years ago). However, even when I remember not to compare my performance with my friends, and can see the improvement from last year to now, it's still hard for me not to compare my performance now with my performance prior to my injury (baby steps...I'll get to the 5th stage of injury grief eventually).

In the same article Darren Treasure, PhD encourages runners to "be in the moment". How true is this! Most of the time I'm so worried about whether or not I'm going to be able to complete the mileage scheduled for the day that I forget to stay in the mile and just enjoy the run for what it is. Enjoy the fact that I am doing something good for my body and my health.

I am on R.I.C.E therapy day 2. Still having mild knee pain from the run yesterday, but I am hoping that it will resolve by the time I run again (on Wednesday). 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

How was your weekend long run?
What other "non-running" activity did you enjoy doing this weekend?

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