(Thank you for all the kind comments about my NYC trip. I really had an amazing time and I can’t wait for everyone to see the final product (of myself to see it for that matter)! Please make sure to head over to Sheryl’s blog to read her recap with a few more pictures as well!)
How was everyone’s weekend?? On Saturday we actually had semi-decent weather. And by semi-decent I mean not in the 10-20 degree region with snow. Instead it was in the 40’s with some light to moderate rain with wind.
So with weather like that, I was determined to get outside for a run…and that is just what I did J. It was my first run outdoors since the beginning of the year. Last year I got out in the snow and freezing cold quite a bit, and even did a bunch of races. However this year, my running shoes barely touched the snow. The reasons for that I will get into in a bit here.
The run felt pretty fantastic! My ankle held up pretty well until about mile 3, but I pushed through to finish a total of 5 miles is 48:30. I wasn’t trying to go fast really and the conditions made it a bit hard. There was a lot of snow, mud, wind and ice in some spots. The rain wasn’t too unpleasant and was actually a bit refreshing at one point. A little drizzle never hurt anybody!! I came home from the run with mud covered sneakers and clothes (I didn’t get to take a picture L I was a little rushed for time).
I felt HARDCORE again! I felt like a RUNNER again! I felt like MYSELF again!
It still never seizes to amaze me how much physical activity can become an essential part of “us”. I didn’t start running to just help me lose weight and I didn’t start running to just help me clear my mind…I started running to help me do BOTH of those things and then some. And over time, running just became a part of the “new” me.
It’s what I do now when I want a good workout, when I want to burn off a “bad” meal, when I want to prepare for a “bad” meal, when I’m feeling bored, when I’m feeling restless, when I’m feeling happy, when I want to feel strong. I run because I *want* to run and just like how Weight Watchers has become a big part of who I am today, so has running.
So with that said how is it so easy for me to let running slip by the way side this winter??
Now technically, I didn’t stop running this winter. I wouldn’t even say that I ran less. But I did run with less mojo.
I hate running in the cold. Anything below 30 (hell, 40!) is like torture to me. The more weight I’ve lost the colder I am all the time (I have a whole other blog post drafted about this subject!) and the last thing I want to do is go outside and run in the freezing ass cold surrounded by 167 inches (no lie!) of snow. That does NOT sound like my idea of a fun time.
But I did it last year…I ran the majority of my 5K races in the snow, wind and freezing cold. Why was it doable last winter, but not this winter?? Was the season really *that* much worse?? Or was it just an excuse I used to hop on the treadmill and not face the elements. What is an excuse I made to not push myself any further??
And this is really the question I’m asking here…When are we being “safe” with our physical activity and when are we being just plain lazy?!?!
I’ve stopped pushing myself the past few months, and maybe it did have a lot to do with the weather, but maybe it also had to do with the fact that I let the snow and tiny little injuries become excuses. As I said, I didn’t stop running at all, but I stopped challenging myself and my body. I stopped trying to beat my fastest pace. I stopped trying to further my distances. I just got on the treadmill, ran my 3-6 miles and then went about the rest of my day. I didn’t bother to sign up for a single race and the last race I did do was on Halloween and that race was awful!
When you come to the point in your journey where you are no longer losing weight (or have accomplished any big goal in life), you often ask yourself “what now?”…what accomplishments and challenges do I have to look forward to (other than maintaining your new body of course!)? And I think I kind of let the ½ marathon I’m signed up for in May and the Full marathon in October become my “crutches”. I let myself get lazy because I already had those goals lined up for the future, and I guess subconsciously I just wanted to screw around for awhile.
Yes, I’ve had an ankle injury lately and that has really deterred my running in the past month, so I will cut myself some slack there. But that doesn’t excuse the 2-3 months prior to that.
As the beautiful and ever so wise Melanie said to me recently, “the only way we can ever learn what we're capable of is if we push our limits” and that statement could really not be any truer!
So I’m reclaiming my running mojo! Injuries be damned (though of course, I will still be safe and pay attention to my body to not further injure myself and have to sit out completely) and weather be warned…I’m sick of not pushing myself and not challenging my body. I think a lot of my injuries were due to my sneakers and the desperate need for new ones. So….I went and got new sneakers!!
I will be running in Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11’s, as suggested by not only Melanie but the wonderful girl at Fleet Feet who also recommended them for my running style. I tested them out on their track and they felt like little pillows of heaven on my feet. I just hope they feel as good out on the road and after a few miles.
I also decided to officially add the Utica Boilermaker (I will be doing the 15K) into my race schedule and am on the hunt to find another race soon in my area. I might have a few other “challenges” up my sleeve too ;)
When you find yourself in a rut, whether it’s with exercise (of any kind!) or with food, really to ask yourself how you got there and why you’re still there. Sometimes when we think we are being safe or cautious or even right on track, when we are in fact really just being lazy, and that my friends can only be tolerated for so long. Eventually your laziness will catch up with you and you will find no more excuses.
What did you get lazy with this winter?
And I want to leave you with this….for those of you who follow me on Twitter, you probably saying that one of my goals for NYC was to meet Jay-Z and have my picture taken with him….well I forgot to include this picture on my recap post so here you go ….