Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Does Anyone Else Have This Running Problem?

Hey Loveys,

Happy Tuesday! Have you made it through my last blog post yet? It was a doozy. I don't think this one will be as long, so you can take a breath! Lol!

I hope you're week is off to a great start. Mine has been insanely productive, both at home and at work. We recently acquired some new fitness clubs in Toronto so things have been a bit nuts with bringing on some new people, it being month end and just changing a few things in general. It's all be so good and it's going to get even better! I'm also super excited to have some new people starting in the office this week, I love having new people join the office family!

C has been 100000x more busy than me because 3 of those clubs he'll be managing so last night when my boss offered to take us to a Raptors game, neither of us could say no! It was so much fun and we both definitely needed just to take a mental break and it was fun. Unfortunately the Raptors lost, but the place was pretty packed! Check out the picture I snapped from the box we had!


Good times!! Needless to say even after an entire day of clean eating and an awesome upper body workout, I caved, had a slice of cheese pizza and a sandwich that they were serving in our box, pluuuus maybe some white wine. I don't want to dwell on the negative, so I'm going to tell you about my current awesome eats and awesome workouts.

First off, I've been LOVING my morning green smoothies!! I don't know what it is, but it's like I crave them! I even bought a pre-made green smoothie (cheating, I know!) and I'm hoping it's delish! Look, this is literally right now, you can probably tell by the gym rat hair I have going on!


In that bottle of juice (or so the label says) contains 5.5 apples, 2 plums, 2.75 bananas and 1 passion fruit. Not too shabby! I bought it so I could just add some to my smoothies in the morning. I also bought some more coconut water, spinach and baby cucumbers to add to them as well. I'm really looking forward to experimenting with green shakes!

I'm off to a great start in terms of workouts this week. I did an upper body weight workout yesterday and I thought I'd be a lot more sore than I am today. I haven't done weights in a few weeks (remember how I didn't workout for 2 weeks, then all I did last week was run) so I figured I'd be seriously lacking in mobility today. Turns out I'm a bit stiff, but nothing too serious or preventing me from hitting the gym today either! I had planned on running outside today. I brought my gloves, my GPS watch, my running pull-over type sweater thing and my long tights. Well in Toronto today it felt like -5 and the wind gusts were almost 40km/hr (it's fast), so I opted to hit the "dreadmill".

I don't know what the hell it is, but WHY am I such a slow runner lately!? I did exactly 5km in like 32ish minutes. WTF? I can normally bust out a 5km in like 27 minutes. It's ridic! My calves were so stiff today STILL from the weekend and I was starting to feel it in my shins. Tomorrow is another weight training day so hopefully my legs figure out what the hell their doing, fix themselves and let me do more running/training. It's 19 days until the Toronto Yonge St. 10km race and I think if I ran it tomorrow I would cry. Michelle assured me that it's just a phase and that she went through something similar and it lasted like 8 months. Perfect. My race is in 19 days and I'm going to be slow for at least another 7.5 months lol.

This whole thing actually got me thinking while I was running today... is it harder to get BACK into running than it is to get into running in the first place? I think that this question plays mind games on people and may play a part in setting people up for failure. Let me give you some examples, or just one. When I started running, getting out 3km was a huge accomplishment for me. Eventually running further and further, eventually getting to 21km, and each time being so incredibly proud of myself, posting my runs on Facebook and Twitter. It was ALL so good!!

Now... when I run 3km, all I can think about is "Really? Only 3km Sarah? Weak.". When I can't just bust out a 10km like I used to, I'm hard on myself. I feel badly. The fact that I was so fit and healthy and I let it go kind of makes me sad! Then I don't want to go running, then I don't run, then I get EVEN WORSE at running! Can anyone else relate to this? Please say yes. Please?

Ok. Because it's so late and I haven't had dinner yet, I'm going to call this a night and bounce out. I'm going to go make some delicious salmon and baked kale! Mmmm mmm good! The next time I post will be Thursday and I'm participating in a themed blog post called It's Ok Thursday. You'll see more about it on Thursday... but until then I will be keeping it a secret! AND I will be sharing a new Food For Thought. It's a blog post to be desired. :)

18 comments:

  1. It's perfectly normal to psych yourself out and I really think it's true that running is 90% mental. Just remember that not every run needs to be fast. It's actually good to have some slow runs here and there! Even elite athletes have slow days. Maybe instead of focusing on the "fast", focus on what you love about running. You'll get that speed back again!

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    1. Hi Michelle! I'm glad that you agree... Maybe I'm letting myself get nervous or frustrated or something. I totally need to get over it! Maybe I should just start out slow and accept that I'm not trained like I used to be. Hmm. Thank you for your comments!! I love it :)

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  2. Sometimes knowing what to expect (with getting BACK into running) can be the bigger hurdle than overcoming the physical aspect. I always have to fight the mental battle harder than the sore legs :) Agree with Michelle - it's 90% mind games. I love green smoothies, but I don't make them near enough.

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    1. I totally agree. I remember training the first time and getting sore and injured and having to ice my knees/ankles, maybe I'm trying to avoid that? I'm not totally sure because I'm still sore regardless! :P. I'm SO determined to overcome my mind games!! My green smoothie this morning turned brown. Wah waaah.

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  3. Yes!!! This is so true. On Sunday, I skipped my run and went to the gym instead because I would only have had time for about 4 miles. I'm training for a half and really wanted to get a longer tempo run done. Back when I first started running, I would have thought 4 miles was AMAZING!! It's not just you...

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    1. THANK YOU! I love your comment! I'm so glad I'm not the only one :). xoxo

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  4. awh, sarah! don't say "i was so fit and healthy and i let it all go." instead, look at this as a time to set fresh goals. work on building yourself to a new place you've never been before. focus on where you're going and not where you've been. be hard on your shoes, the pavement, and the dreadmill, but never on yourself. enjoy this time of growth and improvement. we all start somewhere, and the turtle was the one who won the race, right?? ;o) you can do it!!! xox

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    1. Haha aww thanks Jenna!! I try not to be, but sometimes it's so hard!! I do need to set new goals.. thanks for your motivational pep talk girl!!

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  5. Oh my gosh yes. I took a break from running to do Insanity only to hurt my ankle during it. Then it was some very long months trying to figure out what was up with my ankle *while* marathon training. I just got slower and slower. Now, I'm sadly 20lbs up from my lowest weight, out of running shape, and slower than ever! I am mad at myself for gaining back the weight and not taking care of the ankle before the marathon but its in the past and I just have to look ahead. Oh, and not checking my pace during my runs helps. Now, I just look at the mileage and remind myself that I'm starting fresh!
    ~Ang

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    1. Oh man, that's brutal! I'm SO impressed that you did a marathon though - I could NEVER!! It's just much too far for me!! I'm going to try and not keep a pace when I'm running next time and see if that helps me out!

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  6. Girl don't be so hard on yourself! Easy for me to say but not to do... I took the winter off and am SO anxious to get back out there. I was finally down to 11min miles with a max 5k by mid December. I am sure my first time out is going to SUCK. But I am really looking forward to how I feel when I run. Being able to let my mind wonder... clear the cobwebs. Then when I am done I will push out the negative thoughts about how slow I was and remind myself that I did just take 4 months off... I will be thrilled with a 10k distance by the end of this year though.

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    1. That's amazing that you did your first 5km!! How did you feel after? So accomplished probably! I like the "letting my mind wander" thing as well. I shall take your advice next time I hit the pavement! :) xoxo

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  7. I am SO experiencing this right now! I find much less motivation because things aren't all as fresh and exciting as before when first starting to run. There's a lot more discouragement to face. I'm trying to work through it and focus on how exciting it is to run again but I know exactly what you mean. It helps me to think of things as new stepping stones and kind of a clean slate.

    Oh, and tip for the premixed green smoothie. Freeze it into ice cubes then blend 2-4 into the other stuff you use for your smoothies. Extra thick and delicous!

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    1. That's SUCH a good idea about the smoothie. The little things that I never think of razzles me sometimes.. seriously! I think I should just think of this all as "new" now and pretend like I was never better than I am now... :) Here's hoping it works! :) thank you for your comment!

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  8. At least you are running! Every step counts! Cheers, Tara

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    1. Hey T! Haha thanks! I'm hitting the pavement again today with heavy legs after climbing flights of stairs with a weighted vest - I'm so sore!!! Hope your week isn't TOO "extreme"! :)

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