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workout: unscheduled rest day

I hate the word “unscheduled.” Unless it has to do with cake. Like, “Have this piece of unscheduled cake, who needs a reason why?!” Sadly, today it doesn’t have to do with cake.

Lately, my right knee has been tight in the back. I went on a walk with Scout last night and it was crazy tight and Matt said it looked a little swollen. I woke up this morning at 5 to run and it still felt off. I had to force myself back into bed. I really wanted to run, but I knew I needed to rest my knee, the same knee I injured last fall. I’m icing it right now (yeah, I’m that person at work) and hopefully it’ll feel okay for a walk at lunch. I’m going to look up some stretches, too.

So while I’m all up on talking about walking during lunch, let me share my necessities that make lunchtime activity successful.

Reebok EasyTone Flip Flops
I don’t think these shoes alone will tone my legs, but they’re insanely comfortable to walk in. They’ve never blistered the top of my foot and my lower back never hurts if I wear them for a long time. They kind of make my feet bounce. It’s fun.

Nathan’s Power Shower Wipes
The folks that bring you awesome water bottles also, randomly, make these refreshing wipes. They’re kind of pricey, but they really make you feel better coming back into the office after a power walk. I sweat walking to the kitchen in my office, so if I say these babies work, they work. I want to find a cheaper alternative. I know there’s one out there somewhere that’s not baby wipes!

St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Lotion
At home, my lotions of choice smell like suntan lotion and almonds and cherries. At work, I like to keep the scent low. Air doesn’t circulate well in my office and there’s nothing worse than stagnant perfumey smells. This lotion is great after using the wipes. It smells soft and clean.

Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee
How else am I not going to fall asleep before lunch?!


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Workout: 3 miles/29:17; 45 minute walk with Scout

Mile 1: 9:38
Mile 2: 9:45
Mile 3: 9:53

Positive splits. Awesome. But I did run up a huge hill in my neighborhood. I’m convinced that I live in one of the best areas to train for NYC. The major hill I ran up today was steep and about .25 mile long. You have to almost run on your toes and remind yourself that it does in fact end.

My runs are going to be boring and short for a while. I’m currently just building up mileage before official marathon training starts in July. My last race was a half marathon in March and, per usual, I got awful runners depression that lasted about a month. Do you get runners depression? Whether it’s a good race or not, I get down on my running and lose focus; even a two mile run is a struggle. But I’m back in the game, now! phew!

After my run I took Scout for a long walk. There’ s no greater joy than seeing how happy he is to go outside for a walk. He was especially glad today because after two days of rain, the weather is absolutely gorgeous. Once I learn how to use the camera I bought almost a year ago, I’ll post pictures. My neighborhood is gorgeous in the spring.

Tomorrow I head to Orlando for work. I’m hoping to have some good runs around the area that don’t include the hotel gym. But if it comes to the treadmill, it comes to the treadmill. I’ll just be grateful to get any run in during our conference!

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