…and I’ll take a mile. If you’ve been reading my blog at all, you may have noticed something about me: sometimes I have a little trouble with follow-through. See also: procrastination. See, the thing is that if I don’t have a rigid set of rules to follow then I might as well not have any rules at all. I started off with a goal of a blog post a day. Then I got burned out. And now I’ve posted twice in a month span. I do that in a lot of areas in my life. I get excited about something and pretty much obsess over it for a while until I’m over it. This isn’t some shit-on-myself blog post. I don’t think I’m alone on this stuff. A lot of people do this kind of thing. Sometimes way worse than I do. But I’ve pretty much come to terms with it about myself. And I have the ability to follow through when it counts.
I think that’s why running long distance races works so well for me. I have a clear goal in mind and a rigid training schedule (sometimes I switch the days that I run but I always get my miles in) to follow in order to achieve it. By the way, my training is going well. With the exception of some chafing issues, my runs have been feeling really good. I’m excited for this race.
So I’m willing to cut myself some slack if I don’t make it to the volunteer events that I’ve wanted to do. Or if I put my business plan on the back burner for a while. Or if I don’t post a blog as often as I would like. Or if I have a bad week with weight loss or eating. Because I do a lot of other stuff that is worthwhile too. I spend time with my friends and family whenever I can. I’ve been doing a whole lot better with keeping my house picked up and clean. I run 30 miles per week (ish). I bake a lot of cupcakes and cook a lot of dinners that are healthy. I’m planning my wedding. And I go to work every day. So I will most likely continue to pursue different interests and probably obsess over some of them and then ditch them. How the hell else am I supposed to figure out what I want out of this life?
Listen, I know I said that my goal was to write a post every day for a year. I did pretty well for a while but I was really struggling to come up with ideas sometimes and my writing really suffered. So I decided to take a little hiatus. It really helped. I’ve actually been meaning to write this post for several days now but I’ve just gotten busy. Until now.
So, the last time I wrote, I was actually en route to NYC for vacation. It was amazing and awesome and if I was 23 instead of 33 I’d probably quit my job and move there. Seriously. I really liked it. JW and I had so much fun and there is so much to do. We also decided to party like we were 23 again. As it turns out, I can party like I’m 23 all day and night long, however I cannot recover like I’m 23. It took me at least three days to feel like a normal human being again. It was rough. My running suffered that week as well as most other optional responsibilities I had. Oh well. I got it out of my system and I’m super focused on the shit that needs to be done now.
Speaking of running, my training is going great! I went for 12 miles this morning and it felt great. I’ve also started doing some weight training. And I’ve been serious about counting my weight watchers points again. Honestly, what I’ve figured out is that if I am running the amount that I am and I eat carefully throughout the week, I can have nearly anything I want on the weekend. I also got new running shoes today. I got the same ones I’ve been running in for two years now; the Brooks Adrenaline STS. These are the 13s. I wore my last pair for 360 miles! Here’s what 360 miles will do to a pair of running shoes:
So, I’ve got lots more to update you all on but I’m saving some of it for future posts. I’ve made some awesome cupcakes, ordered my wedding dress (!), picked out exactly what decorations I’ll be making for the wedding, and lots more. I’m not promising I’ll write every single day anymore. But I think that now it will be much less forced and therefore more natural. And why would I do something I didn’t enjoy, anyway?
Today finished week 4 of my marathon training. I ran a total of about 19 miles this week (I ran nine of them this morning). The weather was positively glorious this week and I’m feeling great with my runs. Normally when I run nine miles I start to hurt towards the end but I felt awesome this morning. I’m feeling more and more confident about this marathon. I love that feeling.
Like I said last night, we’re going to New York next weekend so I’m going to be changing the days of my runs this week. That’s okay though. As long as I get the miles in, I’m happy. So this week I’ve got four slated for Tuesday, four on Wednesday, a 5k on Thursday (it was supposed to be a race but I couldn’t do one with our travel plans this weekend), and somewhere around eight on Saturday or Sunday. I’m excited for that because our friend who we are visiting in New York is training too and I’ll get to run it with his training group in Brooklyn. It will be an adventure. I also really hope this weather continues for a little while longer. I’m not holding my breathe as I realize it’s still July in the Midwest, but I would love it if it stuck around a little while longer. It makes me feel so strong with the humidity not holding me back!
I finished up week three of marathon training today with an eight mile run. My runs have been very slow lately because of the high humidity here. It’s been wicked. I also sweat a lot and it’s very salty. I find that Gatorade makes a world of difference for me. I need it to replace my electrolytes and the carbs give just a little extra energy. It’s pretty necessary for me in these temperatures.
So tomorrow starts week four of my training. I have three runs slated; four miles on Tuesday, six on Thursday, and nine on Sunday. I am also continuing to work in my upper body strength and core. And tomorrow is my second weigh-in for weight watchers. I was pleasantly surprised last week when I had only gained six pounds after six weeks of eating and drinking pretty much anything. I’m feeling motivated and good though so I’m excited to keep on getting stronger.
I’m getting myself ready for the week ahead. Tomorrow I go back to strict weight watchers counting. Since I drop down to only three runs this week (I’ll still be getting 18 miles in), I’m adding a 30-minute, three day a week arms and abs DVD to my routine. I can’t remember the name of it right now but it’s by Shalean. I went to the store and got healthy stuff to eat for all of our meals this week. I’m ready. I’ll be weighing in in the morning for the first time in like six weeks and I’m a little nervous about it. I’ve been running but I have not been eating properly and I know it. I know I’ve gained a little. I just hope it’s not too much. No matter how much it is, I’ll just have to work harder to drop it again. Also: I bought a hula hoop today! I’m going to be doing that too because its fun and good for you. I just bought a cheap kids one. I’d like a weighted one but I don’t have the extra cash to drop on it right now (I’ve got a wedding to pay for!). So I’m going to work on some routines I found online and maybe get a weighted one in the future. I’m getting back all the way on that fitness horse this week!
This week is week two of my marathon training. Last week I ran a total of about 20 miles (4 Tuesday, 6 Thursday, 4 Saturday, and 6 Sunday) and this week I have 21 slated (all the same except for I’ll go 7 on Sunday). I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve been running slower than usual but that’s okay. When I ran my races earlier this year, I trained slower than usual but then ran some best times. I think it’s good because when I try to go faster all of the time, I end up walking a lot, especially in this heat and humidity. I haven’t started the arms and abs workouts yet. I’m planning that for next week when I drop to three runs a week rather than four. I’m also adding weight watchers back in the mix starting on Monday. Summer is always a challenging time for me because the heat makes me sluggish and lazy and the sunshine makes me want to day (or after work) drink all the time. But I didn’t skip any runs last week and even went out in the pouring rain on Saturday. So I think I’m off to pretty good start!