Weekly Running Recap #6

Friday, August 10, 2012

This was one of those fall-off-the-wagon kind of weeks.  I guess looking back I didn't truly fall off the wagon.  I got in my runs but I just wasn't feeling them... at all.  I don't know what it was.  I've finally reached the 5k distance and I think because I focused for the last two months on reaching that goal, I'm just unsure of where to go from here.  Obviously, I need to work on getting better and faster but I just could not find the motivation to push myself this week.  I can blame it on a number of things but whatever it is, it is still just an excuse.  I can't tell myself that I don't have the time... Class, commuting and group work would not amount to more than 5 hours of my day.  The run itself wouldn't be more than 40 minutes. There really should be no excuses.  I'm hoping next week I'm feeling a little refreshed. 

Saturday: 3.1 mile run. This was my first run at the full 5k distance.  I wasn't loving the run but I did it.

Sunday: 3 mile run.   Today I just felt bored.  I know I can do the distance and my body is fine.  It's my mind that tends to ruin my runs.  There wasn't anything particular that was preventing me from enjoying this run but there also wasn't anything to push me during it.

Monday: Rest Day.  After the last two days of not so great runs I decided to take a rest day hoping that it would refresh me.

Tuesday: Rest Day.  I started my last class today!  I only had class for 3 hours but I was exhausted by the time I got home.  I hate using that as an excuse but there was very little that was going to be able to get me up and out of the apartment after class.

Wednesday: 2ish mile run. I didn't get to run until after I got home from class which put me out on the road around 7pm.  While running into the sunset sounds romantic, the melting of my corneas was not so enjoyable.  Then, while running back away from the sun, I had a terrible view of my own shadow flopping around.  I can't really blame my lack of motivation on my shadow but I definitely still wasn't feeling it.  It had been a long day with classes and it's much less enjoyable running after eating a fajita than running after eating oatmeal.  I wasn't expecting to enjoy this run but I really didn't think it would be a good idea to not run three days in a row.  I don't think I accomplished much with this run but I at least forced myself out.

Thursday: 3 mile run.  On the bright side I did my full distance and kept up with the running and stopped myself from walking more than a couple times.  On the down side I did not enjoy it and was only doing it because I felt like I had to.  It's clear to me how easily boredom can kill all motivation to run but I don't have too many options right now.  If I try running anywhere else I'm going to get stuck at a lot of lights or in a lot of foot traffic.  Just two weeks till I'm back home and will hopefully have some more options!

Friday: Rest Day.  I definitely had the time to run today but my sleep schedule has really been messing me up.  The past two weeks that I did not have class got me into the habit of going to bed at 3am and waking up around 11.  Trying to get up at 8am to go to class just really messes everything up.  I know I should work on fixing that but class is only that early once a week so I don't think it's going to happen.  Plus at this rate I won't have an ounce of jet lag going home and my body will just be on a normal person's schedule once back in the US!

Total Miles: 11.1

Well that was a pretty negative post.  I know there will be weeks like this but I'm really hoping to snap out of it.  I do get a little nervous thinking, "if I can't get off the couch after 3 hours of class how will I ever do it after an 8 hour work day."  I then have to remember that it's not JUST three hours of class and it will probably be easier when I don't have limitless amounts of reading to complete and two 3500 word papers to get done in the next two weeks.  Gah.

9 comments:

  1. I love the part about your shaddow made me LOL. you can do it RIN! I admire your push... that takes a lot! Hoping next week is a little better :)

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    1. Lol yes as much as I disliked that run I was glad that I could still amuse myself during it!

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  2. Sorry you had a rough week, but you did awesome, and you'll definitely snap out of it! Maybe you should try to mix it up a bit? Maybe one of your workouts could be something different, like a class or something? That might help pull you out of your slump :)

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    1. I'm looking forward to getting back to the US so I can start going to the gym and doing classes. I only have two week left here so it's not really worth it to begin now but I am definitely going to look into it when I get home!

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  3. I am sorry your week was stupid! But you did great! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Dear Erin, Keep running! You will have good runs and not good runs. If you accept that then you can get to the good runs. I'm running too and this week wasn't my best either. Thankfully, there's another week to get at it again. Thanks for your post! I'm hoping to get motivated to run more next week.

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    1. It seems like several people I've talked to had bad running weeks this week. It's great to know that I'm not alone in it!

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  5. Don't beat yourself down! Everybody has off weeks. This week felt a little off for me as well, don't know why. Oh well, next week will be better :)

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