Thursday, June 30, 2011

three things thursday

1. And they are everything I imagined they would be.


2. I realized earlier this week that every since I got back from Jamaica, I essentially jumped right back into my pre-Kinetic training.  An endless rotation of lift-swim-bike-lift-run-lift-yoga-bike-run.  The intensity has been much lower (quality workouts replaced with easy workouts) but the volume per week has essentially been the same.  And I'm in my self-proclaimed off-season!  What is wrong with me?  I swore that after Kinetic I'd take some time easy and just do what I wanted, but it turns out that I'm stuck in some all-or-nothing mindset about training.  This week, I started to feel burned out.  Part of it, I'm sure, is residual exhaustion from Total 200.  Part of it is that I have several friends in the thick of IM or half marathon or some kind of training, and it's so easy to just jump in on a ride or race as a social event and get carried away.  But part of it is simply that I'm just not feeling motivated.  This morning I woke up and it was 68ยบ outside with almost no humidity - a rare gift, this time of the year in DC - and I didn't want to go and run.  Usually this kind of day would make me pumped to get out, but I felt dead inside.


I also tend to get stuck in this rut when I'm returning from an injury.  I feel like it's so important that I continue to run every other day to maintain the level of healing I have and continue moving forward.  But you know what?  It's not.  If I only run once this week, I'm not going to end up in PT for an extra month.  I'm not going to suffer a huge setback in how well I'm progressing.  


So what am I doing about it?  Well, for starters, I'm taking an undetermined amount of time completely off.  Not "off except I'll lift" or "off but I'll just do an easy ride."  Off.  I will do nothing, all day every day, for whatever period of time it takes for me to feel energized again (erm, Emily, check your email).  It might only be a day or two, or it might be a week.  (Side note: I will continue to do the 10 minutes or so of PT stuff once a day because, come on now, let's not be stupid.)  I'm going to sleep in and eat two cupcakes for breakfast and not completely freak out if I don't reach 100 grams of protein every day and drink more than one beer if I want to.  Maybe in a few days, I might feel like going to a yoga class.  And then maybe I'll go out for a run if we get another sweet day like today.  And the day that I wake up and see someone cycling and feel jealous and want to yell at them from my car, I'll really get moving again.  But am I worried that I'm going to lose tons of fitness?  A little, but logically, no.  Am I worried that I might gain 20lbs and get sucked backwards in time?  No.  I might gain 3 or 4 or even 5 WHOLE POUNDS, and it might mean that those hill workouts are going to suck a little extra donkey schlong the first few times I go back, but I don't care.  OFF.


3. And here's why I'm choosing to do this now.  On October 2, I'm going after a stronger, better, faster (hillier, colder, sigh) half IM.
My next training cycle starts August 1.  So I guess that puts a 31-day clamp on being a lazy fatass.

21 comments:

  1. I'm not doing anything either! At least for today. I'm motivated, but my body just isn't letting me do what I want. We'll see how long it lasts.

    I'll be your #1 spectator at Poconos (next to the poet, of course)

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  2. Aw! Sad girl, don't be all dead inside. Take a break and come back with a vengence. Perhaps skip a yoga and eat queso!

    I think Oct is too soon for me on a hillier, colder, sigh, 1/2 IM. LOL! Let's meet at Augusta 1/2 next year, mkay?

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  3. You are so smart. Let's high five.

    ALSO! The whole week I'm at the beach it may thunderstorm EXCEPT FOR FRIDAY JULY 8th. Which means you should definitely come over Thursday night. Ok, thanks.

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  4. I'm also on a 'complete' break. I wanted to run yesterday, and today I just wanted to sleep, so that's what I did. I think it's really important to take those breaks, if not you'll totally burn out.

    And LOVE your PINK SHOES!!! When you run in them I expect a full report about them!

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  5. I love the shoes! Where did you get them? I haven't seen that combo yet! My first pair was the opposite, white top and hot pink soles.

    2. Please do exactly that. Your body will totally thank you!

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  6. 1. They ARE everything I thought they'd be too! SO PINK! AHHHH!

    2. Good girl, rest up.

    3. You're fucking nuts. But that is why I love you.

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  7. Pink and Poconos! All good things!

    I was in the middle of a very similar post, so when you read it just know that I'm not copying you. And if "off" includes cupcakes for breakfast, I'm in.

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  8. Hooray for off season. I full believe it rejuvenates body, soul and spirit. I think Scott Jurek takes two full months off a year around the holidays. So.
    Kudos for letting yourself have a good break.

    Training for another half IM will be the perfect goal once you're ready to start anew.

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  9. I love the pink shoes!! :) And, you are a bad @$$ for signing up for another 70.3. You are my hero :)

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  10. Yay for time completely off! I think it will be just what you need to feel re-energized.

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  11. Sounds like you have a plan and if you were dead inside you wouldn't have been thinking about your August 1st training cycle... I think you will get your mojo back by then! I went through a much longer down and out cycle and all I can say it just happens but just like that it just happens that you start feeling better and motivated too!

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  12. Wait...there's an off season? I like your plan. My money is on no later than next Saturday you will be back at it. About the IM 70.3, you really start a training cycle just two months out?

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  13. Enjoy your rest days! Sounds like you definitely need them. I had no idea that today was a good day to run but I NEEDED to run so I woke up at 5 and WOW, it blew my socks off. I got in a good 7 glorious miles... but I took several days off while I was at the beach so I had no excuse. Enjoy your cupcakes.
    So excited for your next 1/2 IM!!!

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  14. Yay for pink shoes and a fall 70.3! Enjoy your time off! I also definitely get caught in the all or nothing mentality and realized this week that I need to take a bit of break too.

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  15. I think that any time you're clearly not motivated, even on a perfect day, that's an indication you NEED rest.

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  16. Pink shoes!!! Yup, I'd buy those just for the design + color. Take that, running world.

    Burnout totally sneaks up on us, right? Tricky little beast - I felt this way after the last half-m at the beginning of this month, and am JUST starting to think maybe I'm out of the rut. Maybe. I'm certainly not heading out for a 10-mile run any time soon...but we'll get there.

    Anywho - PT, yeah don't be "stupid" about that. You've got it. ;)

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  17. It's easy to get caught up in training mode...all of the time. But the reality is, we are just human and we also like tom have lives. You're right, you may lose some level of fitness, you may gain a couple of pounds, but what you will FOR SURE gain is a feeling of balance!
    I'm taking two weeks off after my next ultra before starting training for my next marathon. I'm sure it will make my antsy and nervous, but I'm kind of looking forward to it too! Just imagine, sleeping past sunrise on a Saturday morning...do people actually DO that?!?
    Looking forward to seeing what kind of fun you find on your break!

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  18. i love new shoes, but I realllllly love those shoes!!!

    70.3 that is awesome!

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  19. That is awesome. Enjoy your rest, and kill them in the Poconos.

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  20. I am totally on board with the rest plan!! I think rest can be an important part of training as the actual workouts! And wow, congrats on signing up for a fall HIM!! That's so awesome:).

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  21. That HIM is gonna be killer - I did the Black Bear Olympic - part of the course. Swim and run will be fantastic!! and I love the shoes...

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