If you were in my bed in New York City on Tuesday morning (which would totally weird, but kind of nice?), you’d know that there was no way I was getting out of it. There was nothing sunny about the world outside on Tuesday morning, and given the forecast for the rest of the week…
…I decided that my time would be better spent strength training, yoga-ing and Pilates-ing from the comfort of my living room floor rather than wiping rain from my eyes and dirt from my calves. While there are times when I absolutely love, love, love rainy morning runs (I even wrote a 5-step guide on how to do it right), I was just so not up for it on Tuesday morning — even with the prospect of zoning out to these 3 perfect-for-gray-running tunes.
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs: God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs: For the Summer
Ben Harper and Vanessa Da Mata: Boa Sorte (Good Luck)
Cassette tapes: Remember those things? There was nothing better than a mix tape back in the 90’s.
Anyway, this week, given a number of factors that have been bringing me down ever so slightly, I’m running for sunshine in my soul — and on my face. Even if I have to wait until Thursday or Friday or Saturday to do it, I will. And trust me, if it’s sunny all 3 days as predicted by my iPhone, I will be out there all 3 days.
On Tuesday, after 3 consecutive runs over the weekend (including an impromptu sub-7:40 mile at one point; what?), I continued to rest my shin while doing yoga, Pilates and weights to the soundtrack of The Today Show. Matt Lauer: Your cynicism is like angels singing.
That said, here’s Tuesday’s eclectic living room workout.
1. 20-minute yoga sequence inspired by the Jivamukti practice
2. Dynamic arms, core and leg work inspired by NYLean25
3. 8-minute abs, brought to you by the 80’s
4. Run into the kitchen to make Noah some toast
5. Exhale Core Fusion: Pilates Plus
6. 25 tricep dips, because I ran out of time (probably from making that toast)
At this point, filled with the excitement of having watched the Chicago Marathon, I could really use a little inspiration to take my workout back outdoors and into the sunshine. But at the same time, there’s no need to force it. After all, any time I spend off my feet is only extra time I can spend allowing my shin to continue healing.
This week’s ultimate goal: a short and slow run with Ashley on Friday, and a long(ish) run with by best friend from childhood on Saturday (who I did the Governor’s Island 10k with) to check out Randall’s Island, which she recently tipped me off to. Apparently, it’s a cool little place to run, and she just happens to live across the alleged bridge that takes you there.
- What will you run for this week?
- Am I being a total pansy? Do you let rain drive you back indoors?