Coffee Talk 02.11.18

Greetings, friends! I hope you’re all having a good weekend. Ours has been fairly low-key, which is nice.

We went to my daughter’s basketball game on Friday night, and last night Paul and I had a dinner date. The food wasn’t that great, but the atmosphere was nice, and it was good to have some time to relax and chat uninterrupted. We spent most of yesterday running errands, I fit in a 30-minute run, we shopped for new eyeglasses for Paul, and I even managed to grab a nap before dinner.

I was feeling unreasonably tired, even before we went out to run errands. It was almost bizarre, I was so tired. I was sort of feeling it on Friday too, but it really hit me yesterday. I don’t know if I was fighting off a bug, or if it was the after-effects of the deep tissue massage I had on Friday afternoon, or being up a little later than my normal on Friday night, or the series of rainy days… but whatever it was, it was weird. I’m glad I was able to rest before dinner because I felt much better after that.

Speaking of rain, this is the third Sunday in a row we’ve had heavy rain, and it’s really putting a crimp in my wardrobe selection! I mean, there are only so many outfits I can come up with that work with rain boots. Ha!

(Yes, I realize Christians in other parts of the world risk life and limb to worship with fellow believers and couldn’t care less what they wear. Please take my comments in the light-hearted manner in which they’re intended.)

On a more positive note, I had an absolutely glorious run yesterday in 45 degree weather. It’s funny how being a runner changes your perspective on the weather. A cloudy 45 degree day in February used to sound horribly depressing, but now it’s pretty much my idea of perfection. (I got my run in before the rain started.) And it’s looking like this entire week is going to be fairly mild, so I’m looking forward to building up some consistency again.

My 5k is a month away, and while I can certainly run 3.1 miles, I’d like to actually race it and not just run. I just looked it up, and my personal best is 27:56 from back in May of 2013, as chronicled in this post; and my last 5K time is 28:53 from November of 2015. I can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve run a 5K. I really thought the last one was Thanksgiving Day, 2016, but nope! Good thing I always post my run times on the blog. It took some deep diving, but I found it.

ANYWAY, setting a new PR is a lofty goal at this point, but I’d at least like to run my St. Paddy’s Day 5K in under 30 minutes. That’s definitely doable. If I can match my last 5K time of 29 minutes, even better!

Ultimately, though, I’m just grateful to be out there. I don’t care much about times anymore. I’m afraid my tendency to push myself to a faster pace has contributed to some of the injuries I’ve experienced, so it’s probably best to just go out for a set amount of time and enjoy the run.

Speaking of which, my running playlist is in serious need of updating. Anyone have some good songs I should add? What do you like to listen to when you work out? I’m a huge fan of Mumford & Sons for running music, and the Lumineers are always good. I’ve got some Green Day on there, a couple from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Struts, even Shakira. Then I also like to rotate in some songs from old favorites like Springsteen and Aerosmith. I also like to run to Kelly Clarkson, Pink, and Carrie Underwood. And because my music tastes are nothing if not eclectic, I have some Christian artists mixed in — I especially like Matt Redman. I try to change up my running playlist every few months so I don’t get bored, and it’s overdue for an update.

Okay, well, it’s time to figure out what to wear to church with my rain boots this week! Ha!

I hope you all have a lovely, restful Sunday. And if you’re experiencing this monsoon, stay dry out there!