Remember when I told you I would crawl under a rock sometime in the next two months? Yep. It happened yesterday. Nearly 4 hours of intense lecture after which I went home to re-write notes (which took all afternoon) and then nearly fell asleep in my sushi.
Welcome to summer school!
So, today is a Combo post. Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays + Workout Wednesdays.
This week’s BTAT is and Ode to Father Time. I have a very vivid memory from five weeks ago in the hospital when Time was all I was thinking about. Remember how my pain treatment failed me in the immediate hours post-surgery? It was awful. Everything hurt, I was nearly in tears and screaming for someone to put me out of my misery.
When the nurse fixed it and the doctor gave me a booster, I asked how long it would take to kick in. He said no more than ten minutes. I focused on the clock on the wall in front of my bed and thought, “Ok, clock. Let’s do this.” I watched the second hand click by, counting down the minutes til the pain would go away.
Before long, the pain was gone and I was sound asleep.
Time goes by whether you want it to or not. That is the beauty about Time.
When I was tied to the treadmill this past year, I would watch Time pass by instead of miles. I couldn’t see the miles like I could when I ran outside, but I could see the Time. And I watched and prayed that those stupid numbers would tick by faster because OHMYGOD 10 miles on a treadmill is LONG!
I want Time to slow down for some things. Like my sweet baby niece who is just the cutest right now. Time feels like it’s slipping away with her. For her, and so many other people in my life, I wish that Time would slow down.
But it doesn’t. We age, we grow, we heal, we move past the good and the bad. Time does this for us. Time forces us to move beyond the past and into the future. And that is always Better Than the Alternative.
And now for Workout Wednesday!
Tonight I am coaching the luluemon Run Club in Central Park at 7pm on the 72nd St. Transverse (we leave from the E. 66th St. store at 6:45pm, if you want to meet us there). This will be my first “public” run back from surgery and I’d love for all of my runner friends to come on out and run with me!
Your workout today, as well as ours tonight, is hills. Hills are a great interval workout that strengthens both the glutes and quads while preparing you for going up and down and up and down like so many races do. Here’s an kick-ass hill workout for you today:
- 1 mile warm-up
- 10-15 minutes up and down the hill NO STOPPING IN BETWEEN as many times as you can
- 4-8 sprint up/slow jog down, recover fully in between (number depends on how long your hill is and how in shape you are)
- 1 mile cool down
It’s a relatively short workout, but effective if you really push it. Remember, not every workout has to be hours and hours long to be effective. Make the most use of the time and each individual set for maximum results.
Hope to see you on Cat Hill in Central Park tonight. Say hi if you see me!
Now go out and run!