Monday, January 11, 2016

Training recap: NOPE

Truth be told, my new year is not shaping up the way I had expected it to. I already knew that I would be taking a week off in the middle of the month for my trip to California, but I didn't expect to take the first week off too.

On Monday I went for an easy 5 mile run. Before my run I felt that I was almost completely done with the cold I picked up over the holidays. The next morning I felt miserable. I felt like I was still right in the thick of cold symptoms for the next two days. Bleh.

I won't lie, I was tempted to just keep pushing through and hope that my week off later in the month would give me proper time to recover. But then I realized that was crazy. I didn't want to still be sick when I left for vacation. Hello, I want to actually enjoy my vacation! Instead I will be abstaining from running until I feel 100%. I really miss running.

I am a bit worried about losing motivation. I typically have no problem finding the motivation to run, but the extra bonus things like eating healthy and strength training? I'm okay with skipping those. However with Do the Work as my mantra for the year, I can't start skipping those things this early in the year. I downloaded this really cute wallpaper for my phone in an attempt to remind myself to stay focused on the extra things.

From Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth

In other news, my graduate school application is due on Friday AKA the day I leave for California! I am 99% done with the two required essays. I just need to give them one final read through to make sure no grammar mistakes have slipped through. Other than that I just need to finalize a few parts of the online application and make sure I remember to hit submit before I head to the airport. Oh and find time to pack before then too!

How is your new year shaping up? Anyone else having a less than stellar start to the new year?

2 comments:

  1. Ahhh good luck on your application! I know if it were me I'd be having those dreams where I'm on the plane and realized I forgot to hit submit, LOL. I write and submit some grant applications at my job and I'm always paranoid I didn't actually submit something, or submitted it with some huge error.

    What you're describing with motivation sounds exactly like what happened to me in my off season. I kept waiting for motivation to train to suddenly hit me but actually, as more weeks went by, my motivation kept dwindling away. What i find myself having to do, in running and in general, is just forcing myself to do something, like a parent making their kid do chores. The less I do, the less I WANT to do, and sometimes I just have to be strict with myself so I don't slip into the cycle of inactivity.

    I've had my share of stops and starts this year, too. My training has gone well so far but weather has thrown me a curve ball. It's nothing out of the ordinary but we usually don't get this much snow/cold until late Jan-Feb so I guess I just wasn't prepared for it yet. I'll never again take for granted the luxury of being able to go out and know I can run uninterrupted on 100% dry pavement, that's for sure...

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    1. But, since you're sick, definitely don't force yourself to do too much. It's a crappy setback, for sure, but I would never want to suggest you force yourself to run in the cold when you're not healthy! Get better!

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