I think I've hit the point in the training cycle where I am wondering why on earth I thought it would be fun to have running as a hobby. The 12-mile run last weekend was a slog from the very first step, and while the week improved, I've been dragging all week.
The seven miles I was supposed to do on Tuesday turned into 6.68 on Wednesday.
The interval workout on Thursday went great, even though I had to do it on a treadmill. Ten minute warm-up, 8 x 1min with 2 minutes of recovery, ten minute cooldown.
I switched the speeds between 4 mph for the walk breaks, and somewhere between 8mph and 9mph for the run intervals, with most of them hitting in around 8.5mph, which I think is about a seven-minute mile.
Friday was an easy quick 3 miles.
Today was eight miles following a night in which my son decided that night-time was for shrieking, and a morning full of thunderstorms. I managed a good workout but I felt awful from beginning to end.
It didn't help that I somehow managed to put only one episode of Radiolab on my iPod Shuffle. Most days, and most runs under an hour, I don't bother with music or any audio, unless I'm on a treadmill. But today I knew I was feeling a little off, so I figured I'd listen to Radiolab, and This American Life, and that would carry me through a workout that I didn't feel like doing.
The episode was a short, the Robert Krulwich birthday episode. This was a lot of fun, as most of the episode was a retrospective of some of the more hilarious events in his career. But at the end of the segment, I heard the familiar pop-hum of the Radiolab opener. My shuffle was repeating the episode!
I have no idea where the This American Life episode got to. I suppose I must have forgotten to load it. But here's the thing. It takes me about an hour and twenty minutes to run eight miles. The birthday episode? Only about 28 minutes long.
So I listened to the birthday episode three times, because while I am fine with running without audio, I am not so fine with running without audio while my headphones dangle and bounce.
I have to remind myself that I'm doing this voluntarily, and only two more weeks before tapering starts, and that I've come so far in the ten months that I've been running.
Still, it's one of those days where I think my next hobby will be competitive napping. Who has the most comfy quilt? Who can sleep the longest? What teddy bears provide the best performance for your long nap?
Maybe there's a niche here.