I cannot tell a lie, I have not been feeling super jazzed about running lately. Don’t worry, the feeling won’t last. I have been here before and I am sure I will be again. A few things are happening simultaneously that are trying to derail me. First and foremost, my stupid neck! Some days I barely notice it and others it just plain hurts. Right now I am in a hurting phase….this too shall pass. Second, I have been a busy bee over the last couple of weeks and I am sort of worn out. The sore neck and the too tired to blink feelings seem to travel hand in hand…hmmmm….is there a lesson here? Finally, Autumn is fast approaching! While I do love the cooler temps and the colors of Autumn in New England, I have always started to feel a little blue right around this time of year. Again, it will pass.
I had an epiphany while running one day last week. Being pooped after work I decided to run a flat course. The thing about running a flat course is, it sucks. No wait, hear me out! You see, not only do you not have any hills to conquer, (we all know that conquering the hills really spikes those endorphins.) you also do not have any hills to coast DOWN. The downs are great not only to give you a chance to catch your breath, but also to increase your foot turnover, aka speed. Running is as much mental as it is physical. That extra little push of tearing down a hill is going to keep the smile on your face a lot longer. Just make sure you keep control…no somersaults!!!
After walking with Dana, Chris and Julie Saturday morning I ran a few errands then headed over to J-Dawg’s pad. Last week when we were in Northampton visiting Jenn’s daughter we wandered into an awesome art supply shop. They had an entire room filled with fancy papers…so cool. We purchased a package of random samples to goof around with.
We laid out all of our supplies….
…and went to town!
Some people visit over coffee, we visit over art.
Okay, there was coffee too.
C-Dog was not inspired.
This sucker fish was staring at me while I was waiting to see Lori on Friday.
The turkeys came wandering past the window while I was folding laundry on Sunday (I know, you thought my life was all glam!)
Hope you had a great week! Thanks for stopping by!
My scale is a jerk! I mean it, every time I look at the thing it has climbed…UGH!!!!! I know, I know, it is my own fault! Ever since the whole neck pain fiasco started I have not only slacked off on stopped exercising, but I have also thrown my whole nutrition plan out the window! Good job Anne! Well I am over it!! I have started exercising again and I have also made an appointment to get back on track with Lori my awesome nutritionist. Doing it!
A couple of days this past week I met up with Jenn at the track.
The plan was, there was no plan! We walked and jogged and ran and sprinted around and around. We were not keeping track of the distance which I love. Between each half mile or so we would pull over to:
Plank – Up to 1 minute 20 seconds.
Dip some triceps up to 40 per set.
Push up about 20 times up.
Squat and Lunge until my quads burned!
We spent more than an hour working out each day but because we were chatting the time flew! Come join us!! I also got a feel for what exercises I might be able to pull off again. Push-ups are ok, but NO mountain climbers just yet! I am excited to realize that I may be able to return to “Mix-Fit” soon!! One of the best parts about working out with Jenn is that she makes me do the strength exercises that I normally slack off on.
It is funny, or maybe just sad, how quickly we lose our fitness. As I was huffing and puffing around the track yesterday trying to reach one lousy mile I was remembering how just a couple of months ago I was able to run 6.5 miles. While we want to keep one eye on the big picture it can be overwhelming. Starting over is just that, STARTING over. If I try to run six miles every day and continue to fail every day how long do you think I would last before just giving up? Failure on top of failure is not good for the psyche. On the flipside, if I set smaller goals, like 1,2 or 3 miles every day and continue to meet or beat them every day then my smile will grow right along with my goals. Before I know it I will be building on the 6.5 miles shooting for a half marathon, but for right now, I will continue one mile at a time.
Sometimes I find the best meals are the simplest. My favorite Quick, Healthy and Easy meal from this past week was Pan seared Sea Scallops with Pan seared baby plum tomatoes and baby peas. I used a little olive oil in the pan and seasoned with fresh cracked pepper…that’s it!
You should have seen Phil’s Mechanics putting the car cover on…HILARIOUS!