This is how my legs feel after a brick run!
Week of August 12, 2012:
Saturday: Short bike ride for groceries (otherwise, a rest day)
Week of August 19, 2012:
Sunday: Brick run! Bike ride to work and back with a 35-minute run in the middle
We had a storm roll through the area last night, which cooled things off considerably. The cool, cloudy morning is the sort of thing that one dreams of seeing after days of temperatures topping 100 degrees F, so it was an absolute pleasure to be outside exercising today.
I had a quick something to do at work this morning, so I rode my bike over to the lab, took care of business, then rode the bike back to my favorite park. I hopped off the bike and trotted off on a neighborhood loop to do a 35-minute run. Now, 35 minutes is not a particularly long run, but it certainly felt long enough when I realized that I was doing a real brick run: a run directly following several miles of biking. Indeed, my legs felt a bit bricklike: kinda heavy and not as fast as I would have expected after an easy running day (Friday) and an almost-rest day (Saturday). Brick legs are not necessarily a bad thing: I figure that heavy-feeling legs are a sign that I’m building endurance. Nothing hurt, so I wasn’t worried about injury, but I knew that 35 minutes was the right interval for this run.
I’ve spent the rest of the day alternating between the kitchen (homemade pizza for dinner!), doing science work on the computer, and pleasure reading. My favorite piece I read today was from Already Pretty, a reflective post on “The ‘Treat Yourself’ Mentality.” It got me thinking about life as an academic and how our profession really cultivates the feeling and attitude that “there’s no real end in sight.” I think I’m in a much better place professionally than I was a year ago, but my goodness, that feeling that you can never be working hard enough and adding enough lines to your CV can be very demoralizing. This topic is one that I need to explore in greater depth, as I begin to juggle the demands of revising a grant, writing my paper, a little teaching(!) and oh yeah, continuing to do experiments for my project…