Not even Week 17

9/3: 8 easy neighborhood miles - very sour mood going into this run but eventually I got over it. 

9/4: 10 trail miles @ Lake Padden. Harder than it should have been = 5 hrs sleep and 0 coffee. 

Fog on the lake

Fog on the lake

9/5: 2 trail miles + 5 treadmill miles

This week is already off to a weird start. First of all, blogging on a Tuesday morning. Second of all, my usual Tuesday morning strength workout is being bumped to later tonight. Third, yesterday was a day off from work so my easy Monday miles were turned into an adventure run that fizzled and ended up with me finishing at home on the treadmill. 

I knew staying in the training mindset was going to be hard these last two weeks, but even though I'm checked out a tiny bit with the end in sight, my anxiety about sticking to the plan and schedule remains strong. It's an ugly combo. I was awful to be around yesterday until I finished up my run on the treadmill. We drove to a beautiful area in the Snoqualamie Nat'l Forest area with the intention of me running my 7 easy miles down a hill and into a trail that ended up at a series of lakes while D explored the area. I decided last minute to take my very out of shape husky for company and she made it about 2 miles before I felt like it looked like animal abuse. We sauntered around after that, casually sniffing grass and drinking from babbling streams (both her, to be clear). The entire drive back the stress of knowing I'd left the run unfinished really got to me and I just read my phone and digested the delicious Taco Time we stopped for on the way home. I just wanted to jump out of my body and yell at my own self for being in such a bad mood. Whatever. I learned. 

Happy dog

Happy dog

Now today, in part due to yesterday's rescheduling, my usual AM workout is in the PM. It's break week from aerial between sessions, so it works out perfectly. Also, it's been raining so I may get some extra practice running in wet weather. Surprisingly I haven't had to deal with that much this training cycle. I'll have Wednesday as a rest day and then Thursday Tempo (which I'm also trying not to freak out about or completely forget about, it's a delicate balance).

The runger is on full force. I think it's the emotional part of all the training catching up to me. I still want to hit my goal but I also just want to spend some more time with family and friends not constantly thinking about my next meal and next run and if I can sneak away to go to sleep already, while at the same time enjoying how great it feels to run and getting to run in places I usually don't. After running with Mira yesterday I am really looking forward to her getting back in running shape because it is so fun looking down and seeing how happy she is tearing down a hill with her curly tail and huge smile. That girl dog was made to run, even though she's a little easily winded right now. 

This post feels a little rambly, but what can I say? My schedule is totally off, it's Tuesday, it's dark and rainy outside, and this summer feels totally. over. I'm in that weird seasonal transition spot where everything has flipped to the new season except the Big Race still hasn't happened yet. Okay, time to find my umbrella and get to work. 13 days. Let's do this.