Each day I’m getting further and further behind. I’m sure you know the feeling of not knowing when – or how – you’ll get around to doing what you’ve missed, much less what you’ve got on your plate for the coming week.
My office is currently experiencing what we in the south call second winter. This phenomenon occurs when a facility sets the air conditioning on arctic levels. While the guys who work outside in jeans and boots are comfortable when they return to the office, those of us stuck inside all day freeze.
Jay recently started a new strategy to work toward a healthy life, and I’m trying to draw inspiration from his progress. He gets embarrassed when I share, but I’m so proud of him – how he dropped a bad habit and replaced it with a healthy one all in the course of a week – I struggle to stay silent.
This morning I was at the right place at the right time. I got to witness a one friend encouraging another about how best practice self-care. When anxiety is the question, exercise is always the answer.
If persevering through failure makes for a successful finish, then my current 5K training cycle offers me the chance to earn an A+.
My husband Jay and I do our best future-casting on road trips. Driving back home on New Year’s day, we discussed our goals for 2017. Vacation, finances, fitness – we left no stone unturned.
Much like my “training” for the half marathon tomorrow, this blog post hasn’t taken up a whole lot of my time as prep is concerned. I’m composing it on a friend’s couch in my Darth Vader joggers.
But I did want to give y’all the chance to join me as I travel 13.1 miles. These miles I’ll be slow going and I would love to have you along for the fun. Comment below to claim a mile. Could be your favorite number, or just a random choice.
I’ll also ask you let me know if you have a prayer request you want me to lift up. If not, just let me know if you are an encourager or a butt kicker. I’ll need both along the way!
SLS3 offered me a pair of their Plantar Fasciitis Compression Sleeves.Do I have PF? Well, no. Not right now. I had twinges of it in the later weeks of marathon training, but never bad enough to need to take a break from running.
For the past year, I’ve lived in a perpetual state of training. The beginning of 2014 found me in week 5 of marathon training. Following that round with 26.2, I began 10K training, immediately followed by 8K training. Then it was time to training for my fall half marathon, and that training bled into my training for this year’s marathon.
I had planned to go straight into 5K training, in prep for a late May race. Mostly, I just think I want a break. Maybe its the post-marathon fatigue talking, but I have no desire to stick with a straight plan. I didn’t do speed work in the later part of my plan, so I’m not sure what my hesitancy is.
Of course it could just be too soon to think about training. I’m less than 3 weeks recovered from my big race. Add to that the beginnings of what promises to be a big allergy seasons, and I wonder if I’m asking too much for myself. Perhaps I should just allow my body to be active, rather than in perpetual training.
What does that even look like?
My race schedule typically averages over 1 a month. How would my body react to a month without racing?
At the moment, I’ve completed 3 races in 2015. This coming weekend I’m participating in the Ragnar Trail series in Atlanta, but I wouldn’t count that as a race. Its certainly not something for which I’ve trained.
Dare I clear the race calendar and just keep moving? Yesterday I participated in the Total Body weights class at my gym for the first time since January. I enjoyed the change of pace the circuit routine had to offer, not to mention the muscle soreness that hurts-so-good this morning.
Listen to your body.
If you were to ask for advice, I would tell you to listen to what your body is trying to say. You’ve just come off a your 4th marathon – a personal best time yet again. What’s wrong with a bit of rest and relaxation? I guess it comes down to not being able to trust myself. The longer I stay inactive, the harder it will be to get back started.