Back to My “Roots”


Hello there.

Can I be honest for a minute? (Not that I’m ever anything but, but you know.)

Someone said last week something about being glad I was back to my “blogging roots,” and that comment struck a chord with me. (WHAT? ARE MY ROOTS SHOWING? I JUST GOT THEM DONE.) 

As blogging as an “industry” has gotten bigger and bigger, it’s made me more conflicted about what I want from this little space.

To be honest, I read some blogs and know I’m a better writer. From working in social media and reading everything I can get my hands on about it (I’m just trying to crack Facebook’s algorithm, NBD), I know what to do if I really want to grow this blog.

IF.

I have a day job I like. I have no “product” 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 that’s just supposed to be a fun outlet that makes me some extra cash. What does this mean going forward? I don’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 you’ll be able to see, too. 

You still there?

Cool, let’s talk about some workouts and stuff.

Last week I blogged about setting up a schedule for myself, and this week I’ll check in. That’s always helped me out, and I’m going to try to stick to it again.

LAST WEEK

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 it’d gotten grubby beyond repair…what’s your fave decent yoga mat right now? 

Friday: Run with Nike Run Club — 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 wouldn’t stay this counts as a workout, but I was definitely moving for a good portion of the day, so? 

Sunday: Long run — 8 miles << well…no. I swam instead.

OK, let’s talk long run. Now that the weather’s better and I’m generally sleeping a little better, it’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 I’m trying not to be too hard on myself right now since there’s a lot going on in my life. I’m trying to run as much as I can, with the understanding that Brooklyn will probably suck if I don’t get my long runs in…but there we are.

On the food front, I went to Trader Joe’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 week’s fitness plan:

Today: Did an awesome li’l tempo-ish run — 1 mile warm-up, 2 miles tempo pace, 1 mile cool-down. I’ve been wearing my Apple Watch and just using the regular workout app, so I’m not sure what my tempo splits were, but my overall pace for 4 miles was 8:36 (yessss! It’s coming back!), so I’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 don’t usually go.

Wednesday: Morning run with Ashley

Thursday: Y7 Yoga 

Friday: Morning run with Jordan 

Thinking I should do my long run Saturday and get it over with, and have Sunday be a glorious rest day.

And, as usual, my friend Liz is continuing to kill it on her blog about everything self-care and healthy habits.