I’ve decided I love long runs. In the past I used to dread them and, although I still get nervous sometimes before a big one, the feeling afterwards is so amazing! Plus it feels so much more worth it to put on all my winter running gear and get all dressed when I know I’m going to be running for a longer while. That’s the lazy in me talking, but you have to admit its annoying to put on 76578 layers for a short run!
My most recent long run scheduled on my Nike Women’s Half training plan was 9 miles. I debated on a route to run for these miles, since it seems that as big at NYC is you run out of new routes pretty quickly. In the end, I made it a challenging for myself and included two bridges: Brooklyn and Williamsburg. This was a bit crazy for me, especially since I generally am not a fan of large inclines. We don’t get along, its a long story.
This was my very first time running the Williamsburg Bridge. You may ask, “Megan, but don’t you live in Brooklyn? Why haven’t you run this before?” My answer would be “Yes, I live in Brooklyn. And I have no idea why.” I guess I have become more creative and generally less boring with my routes this time around (during the NYC Half training I ran almost exclusively in Central Park).
Overall I really enjoyed my route and the bridges and felt great physically. Its funny how each one is so different in terms of style and grade of incline, but they all make for a nice challenge and chance of pace from a flat pavement. Now, its not as fun I guess as running over a mountain or something but its the urban version and its the best we got!
I did notice though that as my long run mileage increases my thoughts get more random and weird. I suppose at some point you run out of things to think of, which leads you to thoughts like…
GPS connect. Ugh. Connect!
Woohoo, off to a great start!
C’mon lungs, stop being such jerks.
This is a new pain. My foot kind of hurts, is it too late to turn back?
Why is that barefooted man doing Tai Chi on the running path?
I wonder if the sun is going to last my entire run, especially since I’m wearing this hat.
Yum, I smell delicious halal and soft pretzels. I’m so hungry.
Oh I love this bridge, why haven’t I done this before? The graffiti is entertaining to read and looks like I’m running on a rainbow.
If I could just beat this guy with his dog.
Why do I have so many Niki Minaj songs on this playlist?
Second wind!! I could run forever!!
And I’m home…. I need a shower.
And you just got a glimpse into my mind, lucky you! I really do need a new running playlist though with more variety than just Niki Minaj. Suggestions are welcome!
In other news, I really really want toned muscles this summer and have been doing some lifting to get them. But its so hard. Unfortunately Karl and I don’t belong to the same gym because he’s great to lift with. I have noticed some small changes in my definition which is encouraging but I definitely want to see more.
And after seeing Danni on the Biggest Loser gain 19 pounds of muscle in 11 weeks, I was even more inspired. She looks AMAZING and super fit! Plus I want to be her friend in real life because she just seems so nice. And I love the pink she gets to wear.
Speaking of Biggest Loser, I just watched it today and am so excited for the finale!! I won’t give anything away for all the DVR-ers out there like me, but its going to be interesting to see who America picks.
Does anyone have any tips or workouts they suggest to build muscle?
Where is your favorite place to run?
What are your thoughts on the Biggest Loser finale?