Can I be honest for a minute? (Not that Iâ€™m ever anything but, but you know.)
Someone said last week something about being glad I was back to my â€œblogging roots,â€ and that comment struck a chord with me. (WHAT? ARE MY ROOTS SHOWING? I JUST GOT THEM DONE.)
As blogging as an â€œindustryâ€ has gotten bigger and bigger, itâ€™s made me more conflicted about what I want from this little space.
To be honest, I read some blogs and knowÂ Iâ€™m a better writer. From working in social media and reading everything I can get my hands on about it (Iâ€™m just trying to crack Facebookâ€™s algorithm, NBD), I know what to do if I really want to grow this blog.
I have a day job I like. I have no â€œproductâ€ to sell or coaching service. As a single lady who lives alone, I enjoy (60% of the time, all the time) working in an office with other people, all working towards a similar goal. But if I have to be honest, in the past few years, having some green-eyed monster re:blogging has led this blog astray somewhat. Feeling like I need to have Something Important to Say every single time I write has taken a lot of the fun out of it for me (and feels strained, to be honest) for something thatâ€™s just supposed to be a fun outlet that makes me some extra cash. What does this mean going forward? I donâ€™t really know, to be honest. Trying to make this more of a conversation? Not trying to write some Long, Deep Post every time I sit down to write? Just having more fun with it for me, which I think youâ€™ll be able to see, too.
You still there?
Cool, letâ€™s talk about some workouts and stuff.
Last week I blogged about setting up a schedule for myself, and this week Iâ€™ll check in. Thatâ€™s always helped me out, and Iâ€™m going to try to stick to it again.
Tuesday: Uplift at 6:30am << CHECK! I did their Endurance class (like their old HIIT class), and it is a sweaty, sweaty beast of a cardio class. It is TOUGH.
Wednesday: 4 mile run << yup!
Thursday: Yoga in the morning << yup! I ended up having a super stressful day at work and picking up a good friend from a procedure she had done at Sloan Kettering, so I was glad I got my yoga in in the morning. I threw out my old Lulu yoga mat in the move because itâ€™d gotten grubby beyond repairâ€¦whatâ€™s your fave decent yoga mat right now?
Friday: Run with Nike Run Club â€” they usually cover about 4-5, so I want to do 1-2 more miles on my own before or after << totally overslept and then chose to go for happy hour instead after work to celebrate/mourn a good friend giving notice at work
Saturday: cleaning up a park all day for NYJL << check? I wouldnâ€™t stay this counts as a workout, but I was definitely moving for a good portion of the day, so?
Sunday: Long run â€” 8 miles << wellâ€¦no. I swam instead.
OK, letâ€™s talk long run. Now that the weatherâ€™s better and Iâ€™m generally sleeping a little better, itâ€™s getting easier for me to get up and out in the mornings during the week. But on the weekends? I really just want to lay on my couch, and I end up doing so for too long and I rush some short run instead. I am disappointed in myself about this, but Iâ€™m trying not to be too hard on myself right now since thereâ€™s a lot going on in my life. Iâ€™m trying to run as much as I can, with the understanding that Brooklyn will probably suck if I donâ€™t get my long runs inâ€¦but there we are.
On the food front, I went to Trader Joeâ€™s tonight and grabbed a bunch of easy to heat stuff so I can save some money on food and eat better stuff for me.
This weekâ€™s fitness plan:
Today: Did an awesome liâ€™l tempo-ish run â€” 1 mile warm-up, 2 miles tempo pace, 1 mile cool-down. Iâ€™ve been wearing my Apple WatchÂ and just using the regular workout app, so Iâ€™m not sure what my tempo splits were, but my overall pace for 4 miles was 8:36 (yessss! Itâ€™s coming back!), so Iâ€™m happy with that.
Tomorrow: Row House in the morning. SWEET, that means I can stop at my favorite coffee place after that is the opposite direction from work, so I donâ€™t usually go.