Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What now?



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Alright, down to business :)

A lot has happened in the last few weeks....

1) I ran my first marathon (and loved it)


2) I turned 30 (eek!)


3) I reached my goal of 1,000 miles for 2014 (2 months ahead of schedule-woo!!)


and finally

4) I have really been focusing on my health and fitness....NOT!

 

After my marathon, I thought I would give myself a break. I have just spent the last 18 weeks following a strict training plan and watching what I ate and drank. I told myself that for 2 weeks after my race that I would go easy on my running, eat and drink whatever I wanted....and then by week 3 I would get back at it.

 
Well guess what...here I am half-way through week 3 and I am telling myself "I'll start next week"

I recognize this...I know where this is headed. I will do this and say this for the next few weeks or months...it's a vicious cycle really. 

 

I can be a VERY motivated person...but I can also swing to the opposite end of that. Prior to the race I wouldn't dare skip a run or workout. I would get up at 4AM to fit in a run on a busy day, I would force myself out the door in the pouring rain, and I would choose my training run over going out with friends. 


Now...this is how I feel about running and working out.

Gracie has been very lazy as well :)

However, no matter how much I have enjoyed not getting up early to run and eating/drinking whatever I darn well please, I am starting to feel the effects. I am sluggish and tired. I don't have nearly as much energy as before (it's crazy how that works) and I know I have to stop this vicious cycle NOW!! There is no waiting until next week (or the next...or the next) to get myself back into the swing of things. I need to commit and do it now. 

Problem is...I need a race or something to work toward. After the Longview Half this weekend I don't have anything planned. I am going to run a fun "Santa Run" for my December race, but I am just looking forward to enjoying this run and not "racing" it.

I think I am going to have to find a different goal outside of running a race. I am seriously contemplating joining Kosama again and getting back into their group classes and maybe participate in one of their challenges. I definitely want to scale back my weekly mileage and give my body a "run break" until early this spring when I start training for the Heartland 39.3 series. I dont' know...I just can't decide what is the best (most likely to be successful) option for me right now.

Who knows...I can always decide next week, right? ;)


Have you ever been in a fitness/running rut?
Any tips or ideas on how to get out of it?

5 comments:

  1. Heather, after I'd trained for what was SUPPOSED to be my first full marathon in March and then was sorely disappointed when our weather dictated otherwise, I got into a little slump. You know, you just have to give your body some time to rest (don't forget - running a marathon is kind of a big deal!) and it's hard to think about training at that level again right away. Take some time, do something else and then plan another race that excites you. HAVE FUN! I'm glad to hear you are taking a break...

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  2. I've been going back and forth with the getting back on track thing - it is a VICIOUS cycle. An awful one.

    And running - which I was really doing well at and improving constantly - has lost it's charm and appeal.
    I am working towards a turkey trot - so that is helping - slightly. But, I just need to get back to it - you know just be DISCIPLINED again.

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  3. This definitely happens to me after EVERY race. It's tough to get back, for sure! Usually it is signing up for another race that gets me motivated. Running is the only form of exercise that I really enjoy, and I can't really take classes with a baby hanging around all day :) So running it is! With that being said, you definitely deserve a break after running a marathon! I think joining a class sounds awesome. Go for it!

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  4. I feel ya. I'm in a post-race slump and it sucks. This is going to be a LONG winter!

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  5. Yes! I totally get it. After my marathon in March I was taking a break from distance running and possibly never running a marathon again. I was also injured. 6 weeks later I was healthy and itching to get back to running and here I am about to tackle another full in December. Sometimes some time off allowing rest and doing other things you enjoy is just what you need to start missing the running. When I miss it, I then feel the motivation I need to get back into the swing of things. You'll get there girl

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