Tuesday, July 5, 2011

3 Day Weekend Aftermath

After taking several days away from the blogging and technology world to relax and enjoy the holiday weekend, I felt a bit overwhelmed when my google reader told me that I have nearly 200 unread items this morning. Yikes, I don't know if I will ever catch up but I'm sure going to try.

D and I spent the weekend relaxing, eating, seeing family, and enjoying the company of one another. We don't often get the opportunity to spend weekend days together, especially holiday weekends, because of my job. So having three stress-free days together not worrying about the laundry, how badly my bathroom needs to be cleaned, or trying to pack events into our small moments together was truly lovely. But now my house is a disaster, I feel exhausted, and I don't want to go back to work...I just want to take a nap.

On the workout front, I have had some fairly terrible runs in the past week. My knee is healing and almost back to its usual self, but my legs feel like they weigh about a million pounds a piece. I've been eating too much garbage for the past few days and skimped out on my resistance sessions in the last week, and this has me a tad lethargic. I know that an inconsistent resistance training schedule is basically a waste of time, yet I have been having difficulties sticking to my planned resistance dates this summer. In addition the humidity that seems to be hanging around 24 hours a day here has been sucking all of my energy. Every run has felt like a fight for the past several days and sadly I haven't enjoyed a run in about a week, and it is really frustrating to me right now.

So what am I going to do about it

Maybe start running with my ipod again. I haven't done this in about four years. Maybe it will distract me from the heat a bit and help mix things up a bit.

Wake up earlier. While I do not want to do this, trying to push through late mornings runs on the on a path that offers no shade is really draining me. So 6 am runs here I come.

Stop eating crap. Fresh apple doughnuts, homemade cherry almond ice cream and strawberry rhubarb crumble, and candy are not exactly power foods. I love produce, especially summer produce. More watermelon and peaches, less sour patch kids.

Stretching. Stretching after 3 out of every 6 or 7 runs ain't cuttin it for me.

Stop forcing it. When my legs are tired on a run, I have a bad habit of forcing myself to go the distance anyways. If after 7 of 11 miles the legs haven't loosened I need to stop telling myself to give it another mile "just to see". I just need someone to tell me "let some miles go crazy pants".

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  1. i hear ya on the eat less crap. chocolate anything is just so good!!

  2. I ate junk all weekend, so glad for a new start today!

    I am with you on the terrible runs - for me it really is the humidity and heat down here, and there's not much I can do about it except suck it up, and try, like you are, to make everything else about the run easier and more pleasant.

  3. Cute photo under the arch, very fun.

    I love your ideas for recharging the running...the only way that I've been getting through my runs these days is by doing them early in the morning, otherwise I feel totally defeated.

    Also great point about the stretching too. Stretching after running is my heaven. You get to bask in the glory of the post-run high, stretch out with a little good discomfort and just relax. I have 5 stretches that I do on each side, 30 seconds each, and afterward I feel so much better. I really think it helps prevent injury-- who knows if it does, but I tell myself that :)

  4. OK-first of all. I hear ya on the Google reader. I've had many struggles with this as I want to keep up and then realize I can't. I just can't. Mine is SO backed up right now.

    Terrible runs-summer and heat and humidity and adjusting, sometimes just makes for a crappy week. It is SO hot here this week. I HATE it and it just makes me b*tchy and unmotivated. I will start my workout at 4:45am tomorrow before work because I just can't get my pace up later when it's 90 degrees-blech...Good thing is we know this is just temporary. There are always bad weeks and that's what makes the good weeks SO much better!! One cool day, one good run, tables turn SO quickly!!!

    Have a great week Britt. Hope those early mornings with the Ipod work out well for you this week!

    I haven't been eating very well through my recovery here. I was excited to get back on a training plan on Monday and just get back in my routine. Licorice is not a meal and I don't run well off it-ha!

  5. I had a tough, tough run this morning! The humidity in Chicago is so bad and I was out at 6:45am. My legs were tight and felt like a pound of bricks. Definitely too much "holiday picnic" food over the weekend!

  6. Hey girl. I don't use Google Reader but I should because it might make things easier. I just see what pops up when I look at my blog which isn't always very often. Depends. I just figure that if I see something that catches my eye, I read it...otherwise, life is full of too many other things to stress about it. :)

    Music and running. This is relatively new to me. This race was my first time ever racing with music. I liked it. :)

    I would also like to wake up earlier..not to run but just to get a head start on my day before the kids wake up.

    GReat goals here Britt! Have a great week!

  7. If it helps, you are so not alone....cookout eating all weekend, lead legs, disrupted sleep. BLECH! I had to go with the "don't force it" rule this evening and it worked really well. Good luck!

  8. oh, I've eaten so much junk on my trip so far... doughnuts, chinese takeout, fries, candy.... ugh. So much crap, I feel all puffy and gross 24/7.. But, at the same time, we're stateside for the first time in a year, and it is hard not to indulge in all my favorite things. =/

  9. i feel like we are ALL in the same boat after the holiday!
    don't worry girl you will get your groove back!your an amazing runner! just listen to your bodayy!

  10. Let go of some of the miles! It's going to hurt you more if you force it. You know that though :) I know it's hard to pull back the reins, but you have to give yourself a break - and it's NOT about the miles, it's about the quality of the runs!

    I'm SO tired of summer and I have about 3-4 months of it left. *cries*

  11. i love jumping pictures! so cute..

    your post is exactly all the things going through my head right now. i haven't been able to get back into a good mindset after i got back from my seattle trip. today was day 1 of "eat right" for me :) i think we are all getting hit hard by summer!

  12. Yeah. Early am is the only way that I can get it done here in AZ. Late running is not even an option these days. It was 118 degrees last weekend. Yikes. I start no later than 5:30 am these days.

    You can do it! Just like we train our bodies with running, we can train it to get up early. Feels so good to get your run done for the day.

    Totally gorged myself in Napa this past weekend as well... Dang.

  13. Ahhh my legs have been feeling the exact same way! I'm guilty of pushing myself "just to see" as well but I am slowly learning that injury prevention is more important than clocking in miles!

    I'm trying to improve my eating habits as well...starting a food log so we'll see how that goes. If it make me crazy then it will come to a quick end!

  14. My legs have been feeling the same way!!! It's so tough sometimes! I really need to focus on what I'm eating... It's been so much crap lately! I'd love to be able to get up early to run but I just can't seem to make myself do it. I'm going to have to at some point so I can run outside this summer!

  15. I hope you don't feel bad about the bad runs... it is TOTALLY the weather. I just keep thinking about how great I will feel running in the fall. :) I know eating healthier can help though! I need to quit snacking on junk too.

    My reader is so out of control. I am SO far behind on posts... prepare for a lot of comments on old posts :P

    P.S. My computer won't let me log in with google, so I am using my livejournal account.

  16. Great photos of you and your hubby! You both look so happy.

    I've been treadmilling it for my runs lately. I just cant bring myself to wake up early and run. I've also been makin more smoothies in stead of eating out as much as I usually do. I'm starting to feel better now because of the change.

    Good luck with running this week. I hope you feel back to normal and your knee is better.