Making this silly simple singalong helped distract me during that ridiculous race Sunday. Hopefully it’ll help distract you from your ridiculous daily tasks.
My Runner’s World Quote of the Day was perfectly appropriate for the day after a very difficult race.
Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about. – Patti Sue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
Basic recap- that thing was extremely difficult. It was, as promised, excruciatingly hilly. But the weather was perfect (no sun, perfect wind, crisp air) and there were plenty of water stations. My knees stopped wanting to hold my body up. I got floppy and sloppy for the last two miles. I managed to dig deep and finish while accelerating, but if there is any truth in the above quote, it turns out I’m made of whiney floppiness with just a hint of stubborn pride. Whatever that means.
Today- the day after- my body is sore and I’m eating a ton and letting it rest.
Tomorrow- the day after the day after- I start a new workout regimen for six weeks. Focus on weight training with only the occasional run. Booyeah. If I made huge body strides, I’ll post pictures. If I don’t, I won’t. Because I’m vain and not in this to look a fool.
Speaking of awesome-looking-ness, check out this picture I took during the race. We climbed that hill in the background. It never ended.
Until, of course, it did.
The La Jolla Half is here… despite my body being incredibly unprepared for it. Last race felt so good, I promised myself I wouldn’t drink the weekend before a race because I wanted to feel that good again. Unfortunately, I decided not to train very well for this one and will hopefully just finish. In order to cope with that, I’ve decided to drink. Lots.
Had a beer last night. Had champagne this morning. Will probably have wine with dinner tonight.
So now I go with a buzz from my champagne to pick up my packet at the expo*. And resign to my fate of a very difficult morning run…
LET’S DO THIS.
*I have a designated driver. I’m not that pathetic, people.
I’ve come to truly love running. I honest to goodness do. The feeling you get after mile three on like a six mile run while inhaling the fresh air outside and exhaling anxiety has come to be a life-line for me. I LOVE IT.
So why, then, have I been so resistant lately to going to the gym or going for a run when I love it so much? Partially, I know it’s just because you always feel some level of resistance when you’re training your body for anything. But this has been different lately. I want to workout and maintain and improve my fitness, but I just don’t have time to spend 1.5-2 hours at the gym to get in both a good run and a good lifting session. I’m lucky if I have 45 minutes to spend at the gym right now, and I don’t like that I have to choose between a 5 mile run and lifting.
Plus, to be honest, I workout in large part for vanity reasons. I’m in the entertainment industry. Part of my job is to stay fit. And I’m just not believing that running non-stop every time I’m at the gym is the best way to stay fit.
Then I got on stupid Facebook and an old acquaintance of mine posted this article.
And it makes a lot of sense. And it confirms things my extremely fit boyfriend have already been telling me. And it confirms what I’ve been feeling in my own experience and in my own body. Damn
Not to mention, it brings up that you can screw up your thyroid by over-doing it. I’ve got thyroid issues with all the women in both sides of my family, so I know genetically there’s some thyroid shit coming down the pipeline. And I want to do everything in my power to avoid a disaster. And running looks like it hurts more than it helps. Damn.
I’ve got a race next Sunday that will be extremely challenging. Not only because it’s a challenging course, but I really haven’t had the time to train for it like I should have. I will not set a PR on this one. I’ve accepted that. My goal is just to finish and to have been running the entire time. Not fast, not crazy, not hard- just keep running (just keep swimming).
And starting a little bit this week but going hardcore next week, my training will make a huge shift. I’m going to focus like crazy on lifting and doing some HIIT (High intensity interval training) work. And there will be no more distance running.
Well, maybe once a week a good 4 or 5 mile run. Just for the relaxation of it.
I’m hoping to see major changes in my body for the first time in a while. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I’m in a conundrum.
I love working out. I love to exercise. I love to get up early and attack the day. I love when I start the day with a serious sweat session, then some quiet me time, then a couple hours of creativity all before 10 am. That’s an ideal way to attack this silly thing called life. At least for me.
But… I have a real tough time getting out of bed in the morning. I go go go so fast during the day that sometimes I find that when I finally do slow down, it takes a little momentum to convince myself to get at it again.
And, despite the fact that I love to get up and at ’em in the morning, anyone who knows me well knows that I am an unpleasant morning person. The first fifteen minutes of the day for me are very rough- no matter what time it is or how much I’ve slept.
And unfortunately, I’m involved in a lot of late night activities. I do comedy and the day doesn’t even start for most comedy people until 5 or 6 pm. And if you really make the most of your night, you can get home at 3 am without realizing how late it is.
So that late night stuff is highly conflicting with my early morning desires to get up and about.
And causing me great frustration.
Mostly because, one my favorite things- exercising- is the first activity to go by the wayside. At the end of the day, the landlord is not impressed at how fast I ran my last race. He wants his rent check. And my car will not care how strong my biceps have gotten. It wants gas. Even my gym is not impressed at how dedicated I am to going if I can’t afford the small monthly fee. So I gotta get my ass to work no matter how much I accomplished beforehand.
I was talking to my friend about this conundrum. We have some ideas on how I can be accountable in the morning and how I can re-train my body to get up when I tell it to. I’m going to try to get up every single day at the same time no matter what time I got to bed. I’m going to have an accountability buddy who will be expecting a message from me at the same time every day. And
if when I do this for 30 days in a row, I’m going to treat myself to something awesome. Then again after 60 days. Then again after 120. Though, admittedly, the most awesome thing I can accomplish in such discipline and dedication is how much work will get done and how happy my body and spirit will be for making the time for the things that are so important to me.
The challenge starts Monday, April 22. Mostly because I have an intense weekend planned AND because the 22 is a good day for me to start for my own personal reasons. It’s a good day for a “Screw you, world. I own this” attitude.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
If anyone has any tips or tricks for getting up effectively in the morning, I would be very grateful to hear them.
In response to the horror during the Boston Marathon, I want to share a quote my friend Mike Biette posted on his Facebook page. This perspective is the only thing that can get us through these really awful and sad times.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.
— Mister Rogers
I DIDN’T WORK OUT THIS MORNING BECAUSE I’M OUT OF CLEAN WORKOUT CLOTHES- NAMELY SPORTS BRAS! I’M WRITING THIS IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE THIS IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE! ANY WOMAN WHO WORKS OUT REGULARLY KNOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD SPORTS BRA! ALL OF MINE ARE DIRTY AND NEED TO BE CLEANED! I NEED TO MAKE TIME FOR LAUNDRY SO I CAN GO BACK TO MAKING TIME FOR WORKING OUT BUT I HAVEN’T MADE TIME FOR WORKING OUT BECAUSE I HAVEN’T MADE TIME FOR LAUNDRY AND THAT MAKES ME FEEL CRAZY AND MAKES ME WANT TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS UNTIL I AM CALM AND HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES AGAIN.