So this is “a SOWL thing”, a challenge posted on August 27th, to get back on track. SOWL is the Summer of Weight Loss and a group of great people whom, lead by Kerri at mom vs. marathon, are connected in a common goal. I need to loose the weight and the inspiration provided through her challenges is one of the things that has kept going. Granted I’ve had a reason for my slack with injury but it has gone too far so I choose this post topic to get back to “the blog” of things.
So why I chose this to write about after such a long absence from blogging I don't know but this blog has been my inspiration to myself and hopefully to others. It is what I do; it is what I want to do; it is what I need to do. In my effort to keep it going, I will write about whatever I can.
This has been one of my “difficult times” methods: to do what I can and don’t worry about what I can’t. I just push through until I get to the other side. I’ve decided that life is never going to be perfect. It is in the imperfect moments that I need to remember what I learned the last time and hopefully it will get me through the difficult faster. That is where I am now, learning how to cope in imperfect times.
It has been 32 days since I finished the Ragnar Relay Great River. Yes, I did that. It was awesome and I haven’t published the report yet. I’ve even ran two 5K races since then but I have been stuck. I’m calling it “the negative creep”. There have been good moments and bad but it is time to get back on the positive track.
I ended up with a terrible cold/flu thing last Thursday night. I made it home from work and crashed. Other than getting up to eat and use the bathroom I slept until 4 p.m. Friday. Part of me things it is “the negative creep” that kept me down for so long but I was sick. I just wanted to sleep, to let my body heal. I don’t have time to be sick. I am struggling enough without being sick.
It was Friday, 4 p.m. and I had slept enough. It was time to get up and push. I went through the motions of living: I woke up, showered, brushed my teeth, drank my Reliv shake, and checked “my connections”. Yes, I’m talking about email, facebook, yahoo, etc. I caught up with the buzz.
One of the “buzz” items was a special two hour Yoga class at Simplicity Yoga and Wellness. I called to ask my friend and teacher what it was about. She told me it was a class focused on breathing, meditation and pose help. I told her I was sick and she said it would be perfect for me. I call it “YogaWellness”. I sneezed, I sniffed, I sucked down water, I hit the restroom 4-5 times, and I elevated my head so I could breathe better during some of the poses but it really helped. I left class feeling much better than when I arrived. Thank you Jennifer!
Saturday morning I was determined to be functional. I ran a 5K race up some amazing hills. (It was mostly uphill and I will write a race report.)
With a race behind me it was time to progress. Slowly, I managed laundry, shopping, lists, coupon tasks, and a nice relaxing tan. By about 4 p.m. I attempted a nap but didn’t need as long as I’d thought. We even had company for a little Madden 2011. I don’t play but I invite a friend over and watch him play. To top the evening off we saw a band at a local establishment that was absolutely amazing. I met some wonderful people who I think I can call new friends. I’d call it a successful day of renewal.
Monday I decided it was a new day and I was going to push. I’m at the point of injury where not running is causing more damage than good. It was the 5K race on Saturday that I started to think that the time of resting is over. It is time to kick it in gear. Time to put injury behind me, I can run.
It was hard to push but I managed a successful 45 minute strength conditioning workout and then headed to the lake to attempt a flat 4 mile run. Hubby went with and we accomplished a 3.6 mile run/walk. The first mile was great, second mile was starting to hurt and then I was done. We walked it back to the truck. I had to fight to keep the mental positive. In the end I convinced myself this was good. I did it.
Tuesday I jumped on the trainer and took “my love” for a spin. (I love my Trek) I sweat out 20 minutes at a 90-100 rpm cadence and managed 5 miles. I have no idea why I haven’t done this before. I could kick myself but this goes on my list of what to do next time. It was easy on the knee, no pain and I could push it all out. I haven’t been on the trainer since the winter months. Why didn’t I do this all along, especially for the past 4 weeks?
I then headed off to YogaCore/YogaPowerSculpt. I seriously love Yoga. The class was small and only the most powerful, challenge loving students attended so she pushed it hard. It was a good intense workout day.
I think I have finally got a momentum going. Today I’m pushing for a 4 mile run and another 45 minutes of strength conditioning. I can do this! Including this week, I have 6 weeks to train for the half in October. I also have a 10K on Oct 9 and a 5K on Oct 16. I am kicking it in gear; I am getting back on track.