It was beautiful. I haven't been to the Park since the blizzard and the snow day on Friday. I couldn't believe how much snow was still there. The Park looked completely different.
I wish I could say my run went smoothly, but of course it didn't. It all started with the subway ride... I waited FORTY-FIVE MINUTES for the right train to come. By the time I got to the Park, it was 10:45 am, I was freezing and I had to tinkle really, really badly. But of course I got off at 72nd to do two of the 4-mile loop, and the only public bathroom I'm aware of is closer to the Columbus Circle entrance so I held it. And it was uncomfortable.
I was also uncomfortable b/c I was so cold. It took me forever to warm up, and by the time I did, I finally got to the bathroom and so I stopped. Back out in the cold, I felt stiff again. I took my first Gu this run (vanilla bean - really does taste like vanilla pudding) around mile 4.6 , and I think it went well. Didn't upset my stomach, but I definitely had to take it with water.
At 5.5, my left bra strap came unhooked. Yup. I was wearing a Lululemon bra that strangely is no longer on their website. It has maximum support, and so I like to wear it on my long runs. I do not, however, like that the straps come so easily unhooked. I mean, what up with that, Lululemon?? When I pay more than $50 for a bra, I expect more than that. The annoying thing was is that in order for me to fix my bra, I would've had to stop, find another bathroom (or return to the one I know), take off ALL my top layers and the bra and fix it. At mile 5.5, I was not having that. So I spent the rest of the run awkwardly trying to, um, hold/support my left breast. It was not fun. I was super annoyed. People looked at me.
But I did it. I finished the 8 miles, caught the subway in good time and went home to a very, VERY hot shower. I've not been able to get warm all day. Definitely sleeping with a very hot water bottle tonight. :D
Not only did I complete my 8 mile run, but I had a pretty easy 4.5 mile on Friday night AND went to hot yoga on Saturday. Hot yoga does not equal bikram. I've never taken a bikram class, and I have no desire to. I don't think I'd like it. Hot yoga for me equals heated vinyasa, which I LOVE. The amount of sweat that exited my body during that 75 minutes is kind of unbelievable. My tank top was completely soaked through (much to my roomie's dismay) so I took it off and just wore my Nike pullover back home. SMART move considering it was 30 degrees outside. Brr! Winter is officially here, my friends! I'm feeling PUMPED about the fact that I did all my training this weekend. I plan to tackle this week with the same fervor and determination.
The rest of my Sunday was pretty productive as well. After my run I had brunch with my gorgeous friend David, and then we met up with other friends who are also participating in NaNoWriMo. We spent next couple hours at the Barnes & Noble in Tribeca attempting to write. It went... okay. I couldn't really get into the zone, and I find it incredibly hard to believe that I'm going to be able to write 50,000 words by February 3. But um... here's to trying!
Few questions for ya...
- Any tips on how to get into the writing zone?? I haven't written lengthy papers in so long that I can't quite remember how I did it.
- I stopped for a pretty substantial time today during my run to go to the bathroom, get my water and take my Gu, etc. Do you think that stopping like that negates the point of a long run? In other words, is it really an 8 mile run if I don't run it nonstop?