Friday, September 5, 2014

Tough week and some new goals

Better slow than not at all and better late than never.

Those are my mantras this week.

First of all, I had a very bad run on Sunday.  It was just terrible.  I berated myself over it all evening.  I should have gotten up earlier and ran before it got warm.  I should have eaten better, drank more water, etc.  And during my run on Tuesday, I had so many moments when I just kept telling myself (and others), "I'm so slow."

Why am I doing that to myself?

Running is such a mental thing.  If I'm beating myself down, I will never get through 13.1 in October.  I need to start saying nicer things to myself.  I need to be my own cheerleader. So what if I'm slow?  I'm still running. It's time to take back and get some perspective.

Five years ago, I couldn't run for five minutes, let alone five miles.
Three years ago, I had trouble finishing a 5K, and now I'm looking at a half-marathon.
One year ago, I was sporadic with my running, and now it's something I look forward to.


Secondly, I'm a few days delayed jumping into this Create Your Own Adventure link-up for September goals.

Not Entirely Perfect

This month has a fitness theme, so I hesitated at first. I'm super focused on my half-marathon training right now.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I might be too focused on my running.  Outside of some walking and a few yoga sessions, I have not done any cross-training.  None. I think my body would appreciate a few other activities ... and also some better water intake.

So here's what I'll be working on this month:
1.  Drink at least 70 ounces of water each day.
2.  Go for one bike ride or attend one Zumba class each week.
3.  Complete a yoga routine (at least 20 minutes) two times a week.

I think those are very doable and I hope to report success to you when we close this out on Oct. 2.


Last week's workouts
Friday: 4-mile treadmill run
Saturday: Off.
Sunday: 5 slow miles on the trail. It was supposed to be 7, but I felt terrible and couldn't finish.
Monday: Off.
Tuesday: 5-mile trail run with running club
Wednesday: 4 miles on the treadmill
Thursday: Off.



  1. 4 miles, 5 miles, 5 miles, 4 miles?! You're a BEAST! I die after two, so just remember that you're kicking butt--no need to beat yourself up! (But yes, switching up with activities can be good too!)

  2. I think you'll do awesome at your goals this month. I'm terrible about water, that's a good one. Good luck! I'm excited to read your report next month ;)

  3. I'm sorry you had a bad run. But you definitely sound like you're trying to shake it off, so that's good.

    Good luck with your goals! I need to get back to the gym. I really like Zumba.

  4. Bad runs will come and go. But look at what you just did YESTERDAY--8 miles!!!!! See? It's all mental :) But the heat, water consumption, and what you eat really does play a big factor in runs. I've noticed that a LOT in my trainings!


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