Sunday, July 20, 2014

Runner's Depression

Last October, I was sure I would be writing a lot of blog posts about crushing PRs, being a solid middle of the pack racer (yes, I am shooting for average), and flaunting a body without a muffin top.  I was sure I would be writing fun race reports and showing off photos of new, exotic running routes.  After all, there is nothing like having the motivation to succeed than getting a PR in the marathon.

The reality is I am not writing about anything at all right now, nor am I running like I had hoped.  Oh and that muffin top?  Yep, it is a little bigger than it was in October.  It took me a long time to admit it and I a lot longer to blog about it, but I have been suffering from Runner's Depression.  The Urban Dictionary definition of Runner's Depression is paraphrased below:
Failure to complete a run workout for an extended period of time and do not give a damn. 
Yep.  That fits me! I do not know where my motivation went.  I became indifferent about running.  It has been hard for me because I am back at square one and  my head is not in it.  It is not fun, therefore I don't want to do it.  I viewed it as another obligation.  I pouted and whined.  I took an extended break and now I am ready to take the baby steps to get my running legs back.  I am done crying in my gluten free beer and I have a plan for my 1456th comeback. 

Well obviously if I want to be a runner, I need to run.  I am going to continue to lace up my shoes and plug away at the Hal Higdon Novice Marathon Training Program.  Despite my struggles, I still do not want to skip Twin Cities Marathon.  Only goal is to finish.  Currently I am doing a walk/run interval for the runs and I am still walking more than running.  My short term goal is to build my running to be able to string a few miles together.

More Hot Yoga
My goal is to do my Hot Yoga class at least one time per week.  It helps with strength and flexibility.  But most importantly it helps me stay sane!

Boot Camp
My BFF has been trying to get me to her Boot Camp class for MONTHS.  I have politely declined with a HELL no every time she asks me to try it.  I am a grown up and I don't want to be screamed at nor do I want to crawl around on a dirty floor.  She promised me it was not like the awful class we took at our local club (Still traumatized).  She told me I would know other people in class and it would be fun.  She also promised me that there would be heart rate data displayed to feed my OCD side!   Wish me luck...I am trying it on Wednesday.

There were a couple of items that sold this class to me.  The first being the people I know taking the class...that in itself will make it fun.  The second reason is that the instructor is also a runner and has made the claim that this class will help my running.  According to Bobbi, strength training made a HUGE difference in her running.

This 40 year old broad is going to give hockey a shot!  It might be more of a mid-life crisis type thing than something to help me get in shape for running.  Nevertheless, it is something new and something I am very much looking forward to trying.   Exercise should be fun, right?

My new plan is to incorporate more fun exercise options into my routine to help me get strong and like what I am doing.  Now that I have aired my poor me story, I can get back at and write about it more.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Catching Up-Photo Style

 I have been trying to figure out how to make my big blog comeback.  More times than I can count I sat and stared at a blank Blogger page.  So rather than doing on of my famous ADHD bullet point posts, I am doing it in photos to recap the last few months.

 Last Day of School

Last day of school.  They passed and I now have a 6th, 4th, and 1st grader!
5th Grade Graduate.  Lord help me....I have a middle schooler!!

5th grade graduation party.  I have been with these awesome parents since preschool.  Don't ask what is in the cups.  haha

Kid Sports....BTS (Big Time Sucker)

Me rocking the hockey mom role by telling Diva to skate hard or she won't see a meal for a week.
The middle child is giving Lacrosse a try.  It is fun and the games remind me of the Hunger Games.  My boy is in the net.
My oldest is also doing hockey during the summer.
Our new vehicle.  With this crazy sports schedule, I live in it and this is what the cargo area usually looks like.  

Grandmas Marathon

I didn't end up running the 26.2 because I wasn't ready and I wasn't going to push it.  I was sad to drop out but I know that it won't be my last race.  Sh#t happens.  BUT.....

Wow someone that looks just like Kelli and I were running Grandma's Half Marathon.  They are a couple of spot on doppelgangers!

My doppelganger finished in 2:55. 

And she even ran into BOBBI!  By the way....she ROCKED the 26.2 mile course  

  Other Stuff

I tried my hand at painting.....ummmmm yeah....nothing like the master work.  I will keep my day job

Represented #Teamemergen-C at Richfield's Family Night
It was a hit with the hockey crowd!
Still dealing with my horrific allergies.  Those drugs are all mine.

Red White and Boom Half Marathon

Michele and I pre-race

Finished!  3:12 Personal Worst....but still fun.

A few points about that race:
  • It was hot and buggy
  • At mile 2 I asked Michele if there was anyone behind us.  She said "Just the parade" aka the SAG wagon
  • We walked it because neither one of us was run ready
  • At mile 8 one of the volunteers said we looked "pretty good"....hahahahaha even she knew we were dying
  • I had no idea there are such brutal hills in Minneapolis.
  • Awesome course.  Tough Course.  Thankful I finished.
  • She was a bit ticked off after learning we parked 1.5 miles away from the start/finish line.  If you are doing the math.....that is 3 extra miles of walking just to save $5.00.  That was all my fault.
  • This race was put on by Twin Cities Marathon and they know how to throw a great event!
Alright....I am promising myself that I am going to be back to regular scheduled blog programming.  I miss it and I have a lot of stuff to blog about now that I am caught up.