On to the next Challenge

It has been a spring and summer full of races for me.   I ran seven 5Ks, a 4 miler, a 5 miler, and two 10Ks as part of two different race series.  I also ran a 5 mile and 10 mile race.  My season is winding down with one more 5K  next month to finish the Seacoast Race Series (and get another jacket for completing it).

Now the real work begins as I train for the Seacoast Half Marathon!  I started gearing up my distance with a 6.5 mile run this weekend.  It felt great.  The weather was cool (59 degrees) and we ran along the beach for a large part of the run.  However there was a strong headwind and afterwards I was beat.  I spent most of the rest of the day on the couch!

 

Each time I run a half marathon I say, “My preparation should have included more weight training”,  and so I am putting it down in writing and setting a goal to get my sorry self to the gym a minimum of two times a week from now until the race in early November (and hopefully beyond).

No excuses.  I am going to start today with a workout at lunchtime.

Motivation — not!

This is the time of day when I say, hmmmm it’s 4:00, I could go to yoga at 6:15.  I have plenty of time… but then when would I eat.  Well, I could have a small snack now and then I could eat at 7:30.  Sounds good.

OK, I’ve had my snack, now let’s see what else should I do for the next hour and a half before class?  I don’t want to get too involved because if I do, I will miss the class.  But, I hate to do nothing and just wait.  Well I have to drive home, that will take about a half an hour.  Maybe I’ll go for a walk before class…maybe I’ll walk to class.  No, that won’t work, it will be dark when class is over and I don’t want to walk home in the dark.

How about I just go to yoga tomorrow?  Yeah that will work.  I’ll go home and then go for a nice walk (in the light).   Well, why not go to the gym?  I haven’t been there in a while.  I could go for a walk, then go to the gym.  Well if I’m going to do that, I might as well run, it will take less time.  No, I am not psyched up to run today.

OK here’s the plan.  Go home.  On the way decide what to do, walk, gym, run, yoga…or just make dinner…..

I’ll report back later

 

OK, leaving now to

I went to the gym today.

Finally.

I went to the gym today, as a matter of fact I exercised today, for the first time in 38 days.  Will this be the day I restart my fitness-centered life?  Let me back up.  I have been exercising regularly and rigorously for 20 years (minus the last 3 years).  I used to run 20 miles a week, I lifted weights, ran three half marathons, three 10 mile races, and countless 10k and 5k races.  I skied, snowboarded, ice skated, hiked, rollerbladed.  I had a house full of fitness equipment.  I easily exceeded the recommended 10,000 steps a day.

But then I stopped.  A combination of personal issues led me to alter every aspect of my life, including my fitness routine.  I’ve been trying to get back into it ever since.  In the past 3 years I joined 3 different gyms.  In total I’ve gone a total of 7 times  I even started running.  I was up to 4 miles three times a week, but then I stopped.

But, I went to the gym today…