Monday, September 15, 2008


“The secret of getting things done is to act.”- Dante Alighieri

When I start to feel nervous about my preparation for November's race, I'm going to remember my Mondays. For the last several months, nearly every single Monday has been it's own special endurance event:

Multiple sets of clothes for the day are set out. Breakfast is in fridge. Lunch and snacks are packed. Coffee is prepared. Alarm is set and goes off at 5:15 a.m.

Monday Swim
Feet on the floor. Do not hit SNOOZE. Kiss still-sleeping husband. Start coffee. Remember to brush teeth. Swim clothes on. Coffee down. Half of PB& J consumed. Keys, swim bag, travel mug, GO!

Drive to Pool. Feel comfort in the fact that pool is actually crowded. Swim for an hour.

Out of the pool and into the locker room. Quickly and nimbly transition out of wet suit and into running clothes. Breathe deeply while struggling to pull dry sports bra onto wet body. iPod, Road ID, visor, glasses, GO!

Eat remaining PB& J or suck down Hammer Gel while driving home. Pull into drive way. Swim bag down. Start running! It's 7 a.m.

Monday Run
Legs do not like running after swimming. Keep moving anyway. Run up to Duke's East Campus loop. Wave to same folks you see every day. After warm-up, commence 1-hour of pick-ups/ intervals/ hill work/ tempo/ speed routine of coach's choosing. Run home.

Remember to stretch while drinking bottle of HEED or chocolate soy milk - YUM!

Take fastest shower possible. Dress in professional clothes and attempt to stop sweating. Lunch bag, Palm Pilot, afternoon workout bag, keys, GO! It's 8:45 a.m.

Monday Work
Roll into Monday morning staff meeting just in time. GET MORE COFFEE.

Work. Do your part to save your little square of the world.

Hydrate and eat snack 1, lunch, snack 2.

Fight sleepiness.

Leave work promptly at 5 p.m. and drive to yoga class. Attempt to be zen while sitting in traffic. Reach studio and change into fourth outfit of the day.

Monday Yoga
Bliss out. Notice tight hips and hamstrings from morning's workouts. Breathe.

Drive home. Heat-up veggie burgers. Kiss hubby when he returns home from his own very long day. Eat. Chat. Get all food, gear, clothes ready for Tuesday.

GO TO BED knowing that if you can do this every Monday, you can do anything!