Today was supposed to be my first day “self employed”. The day I had been anticipating with a mix of excitement and nerves all summer. But I’m continuing the full-time gig, and now it looks like I’ll be continuing it a lot longer (more on this once things become clearer). To be honest, as much as I wish I could dive head first into photography right now, I’m loving the routine and security a full-time job brings. Suddenly, I can afford rent, vacations, and most importantly: new camera equipment! Yes, I’m working a lot… for the next couple months, I’ll be working 7 days a week. But I’m young! I can handle it I’m not totally sure what this means for training, it’s been really tough fitting running into my schedule – but I’ve never been one to put exercise on the back burner!
Fit Article of the Week: How to Stay Fit when You’re an Entrepreneur or Self-Employed by Alexis Grant.
Fit Move of the Week: Rag doll. Every morning lately, I’ve been craving rag doll and usually take it for up to a minute first thing when I wake up. I feel like it stretches my hamstrings and releases tension in my spine/neck.. or something. Turns out, it’s one the the best yoga poses for runners (according to this random article). I’ll take it!
Week of September 9th
Monday — 3 mile afternoon run
I want to stop talking about how lack of sleep is affecting my training, so until further notice.. assume I’m not sleeping. I squeezed this run in after work even though the last thing I felt like doing was running. I’m glad I pushed myself to do it, but it was definitely a “red flag” run that I really need to make stretching a priority. I sit down sooo much with working full-time and running a business nights + weekends that my body feels tighter than ever before.
Tuesday — 1/2 mile swim
Goodbye, summer! It’s officially wet suit season. As excited as I am for boots and chambray shirts, I’m super sad to have to put on the wet suit (even it it helps me float!). Anyways, this swim was just fine : )
Wednesday — early morning yoga
I spent Tuesday night at my parents house to get away – work has been stressful and I needed a good night sleep to think clearly – I ended up going to yoga before work and I kid you not it stressed me out more. I’ve been to this teacher before, but not for several years. I know she’s more of a “power/workout” yoga teacher (which is actually why I used to like her!) but lately I’ve been looking to yoga to be my calm in the storm.. and let’s just say this class was definitely not it.
Thursday — rest
I chose sleep, wine + football. Sorry I’m not sorry.
Friday — 1 mile run
..to Jimmy’s apartment. My 3 mile planned run fell through because I ended up working late and by the time I was ready to run it was down pouring rain.
Saturday — on my feet for 8 hours shooting a wedding! (aka “rest”)
Sunday — 7 mile run
I woke up Sunday morning completely exhausted from the day before, but I knew if I didn’t run first thing I had no chance in hell of running 7 miles later. I decided to revisit some of my favorite Boston running routes and ended up having a great run! I also used this time on my feet to explore some neighborhoods I’d like to do shoots in in the future, hehe. The weather was perfect, cool (~50s) and sunny. I tried to run slow and listen to my body, my pace was around ~9:45-10 min/miles, with my fastest mile being my last at 9:18! It’s always a good sign when your last mile is your fastest pace : )
I’m officially 1/3rd the way through half marathon training, which is when I usually start to actually get serious about training. At this point, I’ve put my sub-2 hour goal aside as my fall has gone from looking pretty open to absolutely insane. I realized if it comes down to accomplishing some big photography goals or my running goal.. I choose photography. That said, I’m not completely taking it off the table just yet.
All the photos in this post were taken with my iPhone during this week’s runs. I love living in Boston : )
What kind of priority is exercise for you? Does it ever come before work?