I don’t bank there. But I took a photo because it said MARATHON. So yeah.
After the appointment I thought about going to the gym, and then I thought better of it and just went home. I keep reminding myself that I’m New Ali, and I’m Smart Ali, and I’m Listen To Whatever Coach Cane Says Ali. Coach Cane never says “run in the morning and then go to the gym at night” (though yoga is fine), so I haven’t been doing that.
Instead, I put on some sexy flannel pajamas with holes in them from over-wearing (they were born in 1997) and got to work on my Big Project Of The Week: Addressing Becky’s wedding invitations. Maid of Honor Ali at your service!
What? This is organized…seriously. I HAVE A SYSTEM. Don't question it.
There was stamping, folding, sealing, stamping and making pretty piles.
Neat piles! That's more like it.
Tonight’s task? Actually busting out the inky pens and getting these things addressed. I didn’t even bring gym clothes so I won’t be tempted to hit up a spin class before heading home.
See? I’m learning.
I checked in with Coach Cane after last night’s appointment and he told me to run 7 miles today. Nothing fast, just a steady seven around the Reservoir. Happy to oblige, Coach!
Brian, I specifically asked you if I looked "cool or stupid?" in this photo. I guess I should have taken your lack of response to mean "stupid." Whatever. Still posting it for the world to see, because I like to run and dance.
I also had company!
Brian is stretching/yawning/maybe wincing in pain. It's hard to tell. It was dark.
Brian joined me for some of the miles, which was so nice. We had done two laps around the Reservoir in what seemed like no time, and then I finished up the third lap by myself.
We chatted and I sang and I think Brian tried to ignore me, but we also spent some time debating our pace. I kept looking at my watch, and it never quite seemed right. “Stop looking at your watch and just think about how your body feels,” Brian said. We were running at a conversational pace, and I wasn’t out of breath at all, so I think my splits are actually pretty accurate. But we were running side-by-side the entire time, and here’s how our paces compared (mine measured by the Garmin 110 and his by some iPhone app):
According to my watch, our first mile clocked in at a 10:04 pace.
But on Brian's pacer? We were a full minute-per-mile faster.
I call bullshit…on both.
Overall though, this run felt so good. I had no pain, the weather was incredible and I was happy to have some running company. I love running on the Reservoir because I can zone out, watch the sun rise over the water and just appreciate running.
It is February and I'm not wearing layers. Suck it, winter.
I returned home, foam rolled and haven’t stopped smiling since then.
As for what sort of “training plan” I’m following right now: I’m working a lot with Coach Cane and it’s all about communication these days. Since my hip started hurting, we’ve scaled back on the intensity and he’s just having me do more miles at a slower pace. I actually really like that. I do miss speedwork a bit, but I know I’ll be doing it again soon. We’re just being cautious and gentle while still keeping the mileage up. As long as things don’t hurt, I can keep doing them, but as soon as something doesn’t feel right, I know not to push too hard. I’m learninggggggg and it’s a beautiful thing.
I also haven’t worn heels in a week, which is some sort of record for me. I’d like a prize, please. A brownie, preferably.
And now I will spend the rest of the day being giddily happy because I feel like I had a little setback and a tiny little “injury” or whatever, and now I’m moving forward. No more Sad Ali. Just Dance Party Ali.
This is actually one of my best moves. It's called "Sway to the Side" and it goes best with a little bit of elbow crease sweat.
I hope you have a lovely day as well.
And also, because I need some new running music, how about you do me a favor…
GIVE ME MUSIC: What’s your favorite running song right now? I’m not normally a big Nicki Minaj fan, but I kind of like her new “Starships” song. Also currently in heavy rotation on the playlist: “Danza Kuduro,” “Runaway Baby” (Bruno Mars), “Wild Ones” (Flo Rida & Sia), “5 O’Clock” (Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen) and “Kyoto” (Skrillex). I like pop music.