Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Running on Daydreams

I intended on going straight to the gym after work yesterday. I went to change my clothes and found that I had forgotten socks. I know better than to go without those. So, my plans altered, I went home for socks and THEN headed to the gym, opting to skip a run and go straight to the 20/20/20 class.

I'm glad I did. One of my favorite instructors does the Monday class. She's super nice, but she's also great at giving everyone a good workout. She changes it up and covers a lot of different muscles. She also makes sure that we keep our heart rate up pretty much the whole time, sending us out in between everything to run a few more laps around the track. We also jumped rope, used the steps, did squats, did some pilates, used the bands, and probably more that I am forgetting. I was dripping sweat. My shirt was soaked. I could smell myself. Those are the best kinds of workouts.

I feel it today, but not as much as I would have expected. I must be bouncing back a little faster than I thought. I think the class was a good move in trying to get my lungs used to continuous activity again... it's a little bit easier to breathe hard during an hour of like 30 different things as opposed to just running. I did notice a smal twinge in my hip this morning, but I think it's because I haven't kept myself stretched out as well lately. There is more yoga in my future. I want to stay as flexible as possible throughout my training.

I spent the rest of my night having a quiet evening at home. I did laundry (which is good because I'd gone through a lot of my running clothes, socks and undies). I worked more on getting my files transferred onto my new Mac (I'm so close to being done and I'm glad). I chatted with some friends. I read up on some potential magazines that I may attempt to do some freelance writing for (if I can find the time).

Of course, I watched some of the Olympics. Can you believe those pole vaulting women? I enjoyed some of the track races and definitely paid attention to all of the gymnastics. I'm also excited to see Walsh and May-Treanor going to the finals for gold in beach volleyball. One of my favorite parts of the evening was toward then end when they offered a segment about how Americans are losing sleep over the Olympics. It's a nationwide phenomenon. I wish I could find the list of five things they recommend you do to help... it was something like get over it because the Olympics only happen every 4 years, and listen to the same music on your ipod as Michael Phelps (which I also wish I could find a list of what he listens to!) Terrifically funny.

I've been daydreaming a lot lately... maybe it's inspired by the Olympics. I've been thinking more about my training and the things I want to accomplish between now and the end of the year. I've been thinking about traveling and all the places I'd like to go and share with someone. Honestly? I keep thinking about what might be a cool honeymoon destination. I have no idea where that's coming from since I'm nowhere near going on one, but maybe it's because everyone else I know is getting married and talking about them. I've been thinking about the future and how really there is no way for me to have any idea where I'll be this time next year, or in five years, or ten. I know some things I want... I want to be writing/editing, I want a husband and eventually children, I want to keep running... but I can't plan everything out. Part of the adventure I guess is seeing how it all unfolds. But still - that doesn't keep me from doing all this daydreaming. It comes in waves for me, and right now just seems to be one of those time periods where I'm thinking about such things.

Anyways, here's to having a happy Tuesday! I'm gearing up for my last night at a function I've been committed to since the beginning of the year (time to move on) and then watching more Olympics! It'll be kind of sad when it's all over. But at least then I can start going to bed at a reasonable hour and hopefully start squeezing in some early morning spin classes. My daydream about a marathon PR is one daydream that I can certainly go after right now!

5 comments:

Sarah said...

I forgot to pack socks for my triathlon this past weekend - eeks. Guess they are easy to overlook!

And the words "early" and "spin class" should not be in the same sentence!

*aron* said...

i forgot my water bottle yesterday too :( oh well... at least we still went right!

i cant wait for the volleyball! that is going to be an awesome match.

love all the daydreams too... i love to dream like that.

youmeandeveryone said...

Thought you'd like these:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=2142

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/The-mystery-of-Michael-Phelps-iPod-playlist?urn=oly,101129

Jackie said...

Headline News was discussing some of the songs on MP's ipod the other day. Perhaps you could find an article on their website that lists the songs?

*aron* said...

i didnt want to post this comment on the other post. just didnt feel right.

anyways, this is the belt i use right now: http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/RRU1003/

i really like it because it has velcro and the band is stretchy so i can make it really tight and it stays put well.

i have been considering trying something else out that holds more fluid and has a pocket more towards the front, but we will see. i have had to refill for the longer runs, and sometimes its a pain to reach behind you to get snacks, etc. haha sounds lazy but at mile 22 i just didnt want to be reaching behind me anymore :)

i will let you know if i switch but for now i really like that one!