This is the real story, told in running miles, of how I ran mindfully, largely without a plan, and arrived back in the United States ready to run again.
Arrive in Budapest: 12/12/2018
Leave Budapest: 1/9/2018
Monday: Leaving for Budapest today, did 45 minutes on the elliptical because I didn’t feel like running. Monday’s are traditionally my non-running days, and I knew I had a long day ahead of me.
Tuesday: Oh hey, it’s Tuesday! After arriving in Budapest and getting a bit unpacked, I headed out for a short run around Budapest to shake out my legs. It feels amazing to run in Budapest which, more than anywhere else, feels like home. 3 miles. Yoga in the evening.
Wednesday: I’ve got to hurry to fit in a run before I head to language class. 3 quick miles before the sun is up. Yoga in the afternoon.
Thursday: Finally I’m adjusting to CET. Woke up with enough time for a 43 minute run! 4.5 miles. Yoga in the afternoon.
Friday: No class today, so Budapest is my oyster. I’m tired though, and Friday is my other non-running day, so I just do a quick 3 mile run before settling in to catch up on work. Yoga again. If, in future weeks, I forget to mention yoga, just assumed I spent some time on the mat. My December goal was to find a personal yoga practice, so I did at least 15 minutes of yoga every day I was in BP.
Saturday: Ready to run, I head out to explore my favorite places to run, and fit in 8.5 miles (one long mile up a mini-mountain). Woo, I love this place.
Sunday: 9 miles around BP. I’m finding it so much easier and enjoyable to run here. The end of the semester plus a strep/pneumonia combo was no joke, so it’s wonderful to feel like running again.
Total: 32 miles
Monday: 3 recovery miles. Tired today, probably because I spent a lot of time on my feet this weekend. Running is only part of the story when I’m in Europe. Because I walk everywhere, I add at least 6 extra miles on walking every day I’m here. This will come into play later.
Tuesday: 2 miles, but then 7 miles walking.
Wednesday: 7 miles. Running is fun!
Thursday: Another day with a lot of running and walking. 9 mile run, 5 miles walked.
Friday: Rest day, “just” 9 miles of walking.
Saturday: Beautiful day for a run. I set out without any intention, and ended up running to the highest point in OBuda, which was almost 3 miles running straight up. 12 miles total.
Sunday: Long day yesterday with a lot of hills, so I took it easy today, and just did 3 miles.
Total: 35 running miles. Walking miles: too many to count.
Monday: Merry Christmas. I’m alone in a foreign country, so naturally I go for a run. 14 miles in the beautiful BP morning.
Tuesday: 7 miles in the morning.
Wednesday: It’s sightseeing time! I’m heading to Slovakia, because I can! 5 miles before I catch the train.
Thursday: Time for a break. No running, just sightseeing around BP and a lot of walking (10 miles total).
Friday: 5.5 quick miles before another day of sightseeing. 4.5 miles of walking.
Saturday: All the time on my feet is adding up. No running, but 9 miles of walking (sightseeing again).
Sunday: It’s NYE! I had food poisoning last night though, so I’m not feeling amaze. 3 easy miles.
Total: 34.5 miles ran. More than a lot of miles walked.
Monday: Happy New Year! I’m still not at 100% since the food poisoning episode (I completely missed NYE celebrations and was asleep by 10 pm). 3 easy miles (but 5 miles walked).
Tuesday: I’m feeling better, so I fit in 4.5 miles before language lessons! 5 more miles walked.
Wednesday: Time for a break – the time on my feet is starting to add up. I don’t feel like running, so I don’t! Still managed to walk 9 miles today.
Thursday: I feel like running, but not a lot. Just 3 miles before I head to class, 6 miles walked.
Friday: I still don’t feel like running, and I’m accepting that this is my body telling me that I’ve gone at it pretty hard for Time for another rest day! A light day overall, just 7 miles total walked.
Saturday: I’m still feeling worn down, so no running again today. Somehow, I still walk 9 miles.
Sunday: Reading for some running, but not a lot. 3 miles, and only 4.5 miles of walking! This has become a “light” day for me.
Total: 13.5 miles, many many more walked.
Monday: Last day in Budapest. I am determined to see everything, but not while running. 6 miles walked.
Tuesday: Airplane day. Nothing except for all of the walking involved in traveling, which adds up to 6 miles.
Wednesday: I’m back in Alabama. And, somehow, I woke up ready to train again. 5 miles, 45 minutes. I must still be pretty tired from the flight, and I tripped on our not-so-good sidewalks towards the end of the run and scraped up my hand and knee. No worries, though, I feel like running again. It’s like magic. Taught yoga in the morning before getting to work.
Thursday: Another day where I feel like running! I tentatively start my Comrade’s training plan in week two, since week one wasn’t too intense. 6 miles, 3 at tempo pace.
Friday: I don’t feel like messing up my hair, so I run inside. 4.5 miles easy.
Saturday: Woke up with a sore throat and runny nose, but fit in 4.5 miles before teaching yoga.
Sunday: Oh hey, remember that sore throat and runny nose. It’s the flu! Couldn’t leave my bed today (or, spoiler alert) the next day.
Total: 20 miles
The irony of it all is that just as I was wanting to run again, boom, the flu tells me who’s boss. And I’m going to listen.