|August 15, 2013||Filled under Running|
Yesterday, I talked about feeling overwhelmed. Well, part of the reason I feel this way is because I feel guilty for the things I’m not doing. So I have a few confessions to make…
I’m not reading. I haven’t picked up a book in over a week now and even though I haven’t been quite as busy as I used to be, I just haven’t had the desire to sit down and read.
I’m not writing. I keep listening to writing podcasts and checking all the newest book releases, but I still can’t get myself to sit down and write a story. It’s like I think a book will just magically appear on my computer or something.
I’m not making running a priority. I tend to wait until late evening to run, not because I haven’t had time to run all day, but because I am putting it off until I only have an hour of daylight of left and thus, have no choice but to get out and run. There hasn’t been any rhyme or reason to the distances I choose and I’ve completely ignored my training plan thus far.
I haven’t been doing any core exercises. I threw in the towel on the August Core Challenge after about three days….Man, where did all of my self discipline go?
I’m not reading other blogs. As much as I want to spent some time reading and commenting, I just haven’t. I feel completely out of the loop!
I’ve been putting off answering emails. I’ll get one in my inbox and I’ll just stare at it, unable to construct the simple email to respond. So it just sits there…taunting me.
Basically, I’m human.
I can’t do everything, even if I wanted to. I think this is something we all have to accept at one point or another in order to stop punishing ourselves for everything we are not doing.
At the same time, it’s crucial to develop the self discipline to stick with and accomplish the things that are important to us.
So last night, I started with running (duh).
It felt amazing.
I ran 3.18 miles at a 8’44″ pace. It’s not my best pace, but I’m getting there! And for the first time in a while, it didn’t feel like I had to put in a ton of effort just to keep moving. I just sort of cruised. I think it’s running a few days in a row – it’s definitely motivating me to keep getting out there. The more I do, the easier my runs will be and the farther I’ll be able to go. Sometimes I need to remind myself of this.
It’s kind of funny. I went through this whole process earlier in the year when I trained for my first half marathon. It feels like it was ages ago, but it’s really only been about six months. Even though I wish I had kept up my running regimen so I didn’t have to build back my base, it’s sort of exciting to feel all of these familiar feelings again.
And some post-run stretching! My left calf was crazy tight during my run so I made a point to stretch afterwards. I also went inside and foam rolled. Look at me being all proactive and responsible. Woohoo!
Sadly, these pretty flowers don’t quite match my shoes. But I don’t think there are too many flowers found in nature that could.
I really really love these shoes
What are your confessions?
What’s your favorite Quest Bar flavor?
Did you run today? How did it go?