I really don’t mind Mondays. I usually feel pretty fresh and energized after the weekend and ready to get started with the week. Tuesdays are usually where the adrenaline wears off and I think “Oh. It’s the week. Let’s count down til Friday.”
I’ll also admit that I was a little down over the weekend. Over the last week, I have felt some negativity and I started to turn it inwards. Internalization is kind of a specialty of mine. I took a few days to chew over my feelings and get my head back on straight, and now, I’m ready to focus on the good and the positive.
That’s how it should be.
One thing that cheered me up? Receiving my medal from The Hangover Run Virtual 10K.
I love everything about this medal, from the memories it evokes of running my first two 6.2 mile distances back-to-back in a respectable time (with hills!) to the little mirrored sunglasses on the baby. I was so happy to add it to my collection and really need to get working on our medal displays. One of these days.
My second happy thought is that this girl ran 11 miles on Friday. You read that correctly. Eleven.
It’s also worth noting that I did the majority of this run with no music. I started out in the dark, and I normally don’t wear my earbuds for safety when the sun isn’t up. It took a while for sunrise, and then I kind of hit a groove and put the thought of starting up my iPod in the back of my mind. When I had to stop at the 6.5 mile mark for a bathroom break, I kind of wondered (on Twitter, where all good wonderings happen) if I should just go for it. Twitter told me yes. So I did.
I made it to 9.5 miles before my butt started to give out. I never thought such a thing could happen. I really have no idea how I kept putting one foot in front of the other, and I finally had to plug in my music to change things up and jolt myself into finishing. Hitting those 11 miles was one of the hardest things I’ve done in a long while. My legs were absolutely done and I had to talk myself through the final blocks. Somehow, some way, it got done.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I wore my compression calf sleeves for the rest of the day. So stylish.
For the remainder of the weekend, we just relaxed. We got to enjoy little man’s first t-ball game, some time at the pool with friends, a huge win for the Miami Hurricanes and a victory for the Miami Dolphins. It was wonderful and just what I needed to get over my little rut from last week and prepare myself for today.
How are you going to make Monday great?