What is this “2-day weekend” of which you speak?

So, I have to go to work tomorrow. It’s the first Monday I’ve worked in a VERY long time. Since, I only worked 1 day last week, and have Thursday AND Friday off this week, it doesn’t seem right to whine, but, I have to go to work tomorrow.

I’d forgotten how much Sundays can suck when you’re already mentally preparing for work the next day. I don’t feel that way on Mondays – but am anticipating having a crapola of a Monday tomorrow! ‘Cause I’m a positive thinker that way.

I am planning on getting up & driving to the gym before work for the next three days. It’s weird, but I have actually missed going to the gym & meeting the Ambitious One before work. That really makes my day! My plan for this week is:

Today: Run 7.5 miles (check! and up to the longest run post knee-hab yet!)
Monday: 30 minutes stationary bike/30 minutes upper body weights (and, if I have time, some abs)
Tuesday: 4 mile run on treadmill at gym.
Wednesday: repeat Monday – 30 minutes bike/30 minutes upper body
Thursday: New Year’s Day 4-5 mile run (as I feel inspired)
Friday: 3-4 mile run (whatever it takes to get me to my first 20 mile week in MONTHS)
Saturday: A repeat of yesterday’s 90 minutes Vinyasa yoga/90 minutes elliptical

And then, next Sunday, the Portland running group will re-convene for the first time in about a month!

And, since I mentioned the running thing – I did go run 7.5 miles today. Which is almost 1.5 miles further than my last run with Ms. A & Mr. Pi (who did not so much run with us, as bound ahead of us – he is speedy)….and I feel good. I had a little – I can’t even call it tenderness – twinge in my knee occasionally after mile 3. I took a GU at mile 5, and carried water (which I only do for more than 6 miles). The streets & sidewalks were clear of snow. (What they weren’t clear of was poo. Just a note for all dog owners – if you are walking your dog in the snow, and it poops, you should pick it up. Although the snow will melt, the poop will not. And then, you have poop-covered sidewalks. Which is gross. ) But, all poop aside, it was a fantastic run. I felt good when I got home, although my hamstrings were tight & I really need to work on my hip flexors – they get tight too quickly.

I am so looking forward to the day, perhaps in a couple of weeks, that I do a 10 mile run. I have not run that distance since May 13, 2008. And I am definitely looking forward to it!

I hope you all had a good Sunday & have a passably-decent Monday.

17 responses to “What is this “2-day weekend” of which you speak?

  1. Sounds like a great plan for the week! I’m going to channel your motivation this week and hit 20 with you. =)

  2. It’s not weird to miss going to the gym with a work out buddy! That’s truly the only thing I miss about Boise! AND I want you to know I picked up Vaughn’s poo in the snow. I actually liked it way better than in normal life, because you just scoop up all the snow around it too!

    • It’s too bad that it’s not at tiny bit convenient for you to get to the Pearl or for me to get to whatever gym is closer to you!

  3. Wow, great plan for the week. I love that you’re planning to run on NY day! I think I’m gonna try to get a run before all the festivities begin with my family! Sorry to hear that you’re working tomorrow but… someone has to keep that place running. Right??? 🙂

    • I think that there can be no better, more positive way to start the new year than by a morning run! I hope it’s not raining. 🙂

  4. I know exactly what you mean about Mondays…I worked from home all last week and was determined that today I’d make it into the office. But alas, it was not to be. Oh well – my boss is on vacation until the 5th and I’m still getting work done, so who cares, right??

    Hope your day doesn’t totally suck 🙂

    • I love working from home. Unfortunately, I think that’s going to be a snow-day only phenomena. 🙁

      Glad you are rocking the working-from-home thing, though. I’m terribly jealous.

  5. I hate Mondays and everything about them (including the Sundays that lead up to them). I got home late last night so have not even formulated a plan for this week. I feel completely lost right now!

  6. Oooh congrats on the long run! That’s awesome. Well done! Good luck with the upcoming week… especially getting through today (Monday). 🙂

  7. Hey that sounds like a great run! glad you are thawing out. 7.5 miles is a great long run, must make you feel good today.

    • I do feel good. If you interpret good as “kinda sore”. And I totally do!

      I’ve got a ways to go before catching up to your mileage, though!

  8. Wow i am totally and completely impressed with you gazelle runner!!! You are past me mileage wise! I am up to running a 10K. I was happy i did it in 58.52. I am running a half marathon January 25th. I am getting kind of nervous about it, like i won’t be able to complete it. I need to be more positive. Todays 5 mile run was hard, i thought i was going fast but i ended up with a 50 min 5 miler.

    Anyway, you rock!! Your doing great!!! I am very proud of you!!!! I will run on New Years day also!!! It’s a tradition!!

    • Do you have some longer runs (7-10 miles) scheduled in the next couple of weeks? The furthest I’d run before my half was 10 miles, and that extra three was not hard.

      I know you’ll do fine. And 10 minute miles are waay faster than I’ve been doing lately.

  9. I have missed our gym dates too!!!!!!!!! And our run dates. I cannot tell you how excited I am to have someone to train with for San Diego. That 20 miler next time around will be, dare I say it, FUN!

    I will see you back on the road on Sunday! (I need to re-evaluate my schedule after Arizona…but I’d like to make sure when I do our schedules jive =)).