It’s probably not a great sign when I can’t remember the last time I wrote a Sunday Run-down post, is it? If nothing else, it’s a sign that there hasn’t been much to run down in the past few weeks. I’m not entirely sure what’s been going on lately–it’s been a combination of being out of commission for one reason or another (sick, exhausted, it’s too dark, etc) and having very little motivation.
I’m still planning to run the Philadelphia half-marathon next weekend, but instead of being excited about it, I feel like I just want to get it over with. At this point, the past few months of training have been so full of stress, depression, anxiety, and other negative things, that I would really like to just put it all behind me and move on to something different. I’m hoping that crossing the finish line after those 13.1 miles next week will be a good time to start over and have a clean slate.
Rather than do a day-by-day breakdown for the week, I figured I would just group things together and sum them up that way.
Well, there wasn’t much of this going on this past week. I was hoping that since we turned the clocks back, it would be a bit easier for me to get up and run in the morning. Even though I managed to wake up with my alarm a few times this week, I actively chose to reset the alarm and go back to sleep rather than go out and run. Not great. I went to the gym after work one evening and did 4 miles on the treadmill, and I ran 6 miles yesterday in spite of some very unpleasant nausea (something to remember: sometimes running can be a good distraction, if you can overcome the slightly motion-sick feeling you have and get yourself up to do it). 10 total miles for the week? It’s better than zero.
Yoga (and, by extension, the 30-day challenge)
Sadly, I haven’t been to a single Bikram class. Indeed, it’s possible I won’t have a chance to go at all–I planned on going Friday (the day my Groupon deal expired) but the registration instructions I had were wrong, and when I tried to go to the studio, I couldn’t find it. I guess I walked right past it because I went up and down the block a few times. Clearly this means I need to work on focusing more on the present moment, which yoga would help me to do if I could find the studio where I’m supposed to be doing it. I emailed the studio this weekend to see if I could still use the Groupon. I’ll let you know how it turns out. In the meantime, though, I’ve been doing classes from YogaVibes, although probably not as frequently as I should.
It’s hard to keep up with a challenge and a training plan when you’re not all that happy about how many things in life are going. So far, November has been one of my most stressful months in recent history. Fortunately, it’s not even half over yet, so I may still have a chance to turn things around.
Looking ahead: Like I said above, I am antsy to get these past few months behind me, and I think that running the Philly half will be a good way to do it. That said, I am still going to try for a decent week of running over the next seven days. Tomorrow, I’m running with my friend Tracy, so I’ll have a reason to get up in the morning! Tuesday evening, I’m joining another friend for a bootcamp class (another Groupon, and one that I will use before the expiration date this time). Between those two activities, I should be able to get the week off to a good start. And soon I’ll start working on building up a mileage base and getting things back on track overall.
How was your week of workouts? Are you struggling as much as I am, or did you check off every workout on your to-do list?
- Sunday Run-down: October 3-9 (icametorun.com)
- Sunday run-down: June 6-12 (icametorun.com)
- Sunday Run-down: July 25-31 (icametorun.com)
- Sunday Run-down: September 26- October 2 (icametorun.com)