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Let the miles begin – Day 1

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For my own records, I’m going to audit my activities of my big training week.

I woke at 5 a.m. and left for my run just after 6 a.m.  I like to get up early because it gives me time to relax and enjoy a coffee before the run.  I ran to the lake and then a bit westward.  Lately, breakfast has been mini-wheats, a favourite of my husband’s.  I got out the door a bit late, with trying to figure out what to take to work with the planned run home.

There’s a bit of planning involved in which coat to leave behind at work.  And, which clothes will be ready for cleaning after this “wearing” as they will be transported home scrunched in a big tote bag.  I wear my running shoes to work, as I have a supply of work shoes at the office.

The lake, just east of Ontario Place - Monday November 15, 2010, 6:40 a.m.

Coronation Park, Monday, November 15, 2010 - 6:30 a.m.

Work is extremely busy now and in order to face the day of work and conserve my energy for running, I often meditate and say a prayer or two on the subway to centre my thoughts and energy. It helps to be listening to quiet music while doing this.

I didn’t get out for lunch until 1:30, although I ate my peanut butter and banana sandwich around 11 a.m. I took the subway to the Lawrence station and visited the Lock Library at the corner. I was able to get an audio version of “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami. Then a stop at Starbuck’s and back to work via subway.

Mini-Wheats, lots of fibre, a current favourite

I worked until 5:30 p.m. and then felt a great sense of liberation as I left work to run home. I did about 38 minutes of tempo running in three sections. I got home just after 7 p.m. and felt GREAT!!! Running home is a sensational way to transition from a busy work day.

But now, I must leave blogging behind, spend time with my husband and get to sleep at a decent hour. Especially since I will be going to a play tomorrow evening, which starts at 8:00 p.m.

Best wishes to all!

One thought on “Let the miles begin – Day 1

  1. Meditating on the subway? Now that takes talent!

    Mini wheats are my husband’s favourite too 🙂

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