Well this week threw in another curveball. This time it wasn’t illness or an office move — it was a surprise invite. And now my focus shifts for the next four weeks.
So I know people thought it was odd that I would sometimes go through my entire work day at a fancy Century City law firm still wearing my running clothes, but I had def. asked Boss if it was OK, and he clearly said “I don’t care.” So one of the parts of my job that I am frequently noted for is my client interaction skills. (I know — But I can be very charming if I want to be. Ha.) And over the years when our clients call I will often end up chatting with them for several minutes about…running. So yesterday Boss’s biggest client had someone drop out of their Ragnar Relay team, and the Senior VP asked me if I wanted to be part of their team. I have been wanting to do this race for years but could never figure out who I could get to sign up with me for this craziness!
So next month the firm will be paying me to take a day off of work to go running. And hopefully I help out Boss by representing him well.
Running for the win!
So that excitement lasted all of one day. Then terror set in. Ha. The running is only part of the challenge. I did some research (probably should’ve done this beforehand) on how to prepare for this thing, and one of the things I didn’t take into account was the middle-of-the-night running. One article said the shock of being woken up in the middle of the night to people yelling at you that it’s your turn and then sprinting out into the night is similar to Navy SEALS being woken up and jumping out of a plane (slight exaggeration – but still!). What have I done?!? Well, next three weeks is devoted to Ragnar training. Here are the legs I’ll be running.
Another week without a proper long run, but I did get in two 8-mile runs. The first was on a hilly route, and the second was way worse. Ha. Wanna find out how much discomfort you can tolerate? Run mile repeats! 😩 Here’s the workout:
.5 mile warm-up
6 x 1-mile repeats at goal 10K pace; .25 mile active recovery
.5 mile cool-down
I only hit my goal on three of them, but I’m glad I didn’t give up even when I saw my pace dropping. I’m focusing on mental toughness for this Ragnar Relay so completing my “this is really hard” runs are key.
Total Weekly Mileage: 29
Long Run: 8 miles