After all the running around we did in the end of 2014, I've very much been enjoying these last couple weeks at home. We spent 14 of the last 15 nights at home and the one night away was just a quick overnight pleasure trip to San Francisco with friends. For the first time in several years, I don't have a flight on the calendar. None. I have *no* idea when I'll next need to get on a plane.
This week I do have an overnight work trip to SF, but we do those so often and we almost always stay at the same hotel, so those trips don't feel like travel, they sort of feel like home, too.
Work is busy. But not crazy.
On the running/fitness front, I'm very much finding it difficult to motivate. I don't mind putting in the time to work out (did it every day last week except for one). It's just the effort level where I'm struggling. For example, yesterday, instead of racing the Foster City 10-miler with a bunch of other awesome running bloggers, I opted to sleep in (seriously, how great is sleeping in?) and promised myself I'd do 12 miles. I slept in like a champ. Glorious.
Instead of the sought-for 12, I only managed 8 miles, with 5.25 constant slow jogging in the high 11s to low 12s and the remainder run-walk intervals (although the intervals averaged in the high 8 min/mile range).
Total mileage for the week: 21.61 which includes a 3 mile walk. One day, I opted for 35 minutes of recumbant bike reading. I also decided to bust out 15 pushups, 50 crunches and another 15 pushups while waiting for my Garmin to locate the satellites one day. HAHAHA -- I woke up with sore arms in the middle of the night and it took my sleep-addled brain a few seconds to figure out why.
In short, I'm not focused on smart training. I'm not anywhere near the effort level I like to be at when I've got a half marathon 2 weeks away. And, I can't seem to make myself care.
The sleeping in. The puttering around the house chores while it's gloomy outside. The cooking in the new kitchen. All of these things are so wonderful (and rare) and the scheduled workouts are so nonenticing in comparison.
So, more often than not, I replace what was scheduled with a shorter, slower run with my audiobook.
Combined, this leads me to the conclusion that Kaiser SF Half will be very slow, and possibly, not very fun for me. You might think that this would be enough to motivate me to make some changes. But I can't seem to care.
In other news, I did manage to lose a couple of pounds in the last 2 weeks, which is one of my other goals. So at least I can point to that as some sort of focus and discipline.