Consistency Is The Problem

My core workout yesterday has made me sore today in a variety of places where I’m not really accustomed to being sore. Ouch.

My day has not been off to the best start. I overslept (I got up at 6:45AM), which made me feel behind on the day from the get-go.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a nut about the New York Times crossword puzzle. I confess to being one of those people who does the puzzle in pen and times myself on the easy days “for fun.” Today’s puzzle has me stumped. Grrrr…usually when that happens, I need to eat a little something and then it all magically works out. I kid you not; 20 minutes after eating breakfast, the words just flow. Uh, didn’t happen today. And I ate a bigger breakfast than usual. Grrrr x 2.

Then I realized that, to be consistent in my training, I need to do my long run today. I’ll be riding with Cathy and Claire tomorrow, and on Sunday, we leave to drive to Nacogdoches for college orientation. Check-in is between 10:30-12:30 and as it is every single minute of a 4-hour drive, we should leave at 7AM to be on the safe side. I just can’t ( don’t want to) do a 2-hour run with that time frame. Perhaps I could work it in  at orientation but odds are good that I would have to squeeze in time on a treadmill to do so, and I’d much rather have that as an option for a short, easy run that doesn’t matter if I miss it.

OK–so long run today it is. The easy way would be to do my usual from the house but this isn’t really appealling to me. The other option is to drive somewhere. Lady Bird Lake trail is easy but unappealing, both from a boring factor and the use of gasoline. St. Eds/Forrest Ridge just popped into my head– I wonder, time on my feet or do I really need the road practice? (My head is saying “you need the road practice,” but my heart is saying “aw, the trail is so much fun and you haven’t been out there in forever….”)

St. Ed’s/Forrest Ridge might just be what the doctor ordered.

[Edit:  I had a lovely 2-hour run at St. Ed’s/Forrest Ridge. I’m still sore but I am happy I got my time-on-my-feet. It was beautiful out there, and the lack of rain has kept the weeds down. Ended with a nice chat with two guys who were out there getting ready to backpack through some intense climbs in Colorado. ]

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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