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Running Burn-Out?!

Monday, April 30, 2012

I finally got my 30 min. run in on Wednesday. I had a "tempo run" scheduled for Thursday, but when I got home from work, I just wasn't in to it. DD#2 was going to go with me, but she had Career Day and spent the whole day on her feet with Dad and her left foot was swollen. Unfortunately she has feet just like her Dad (flat, with no arches). She's the athletic one and suffers quite a bit from this. Anyway, since she wasn't going with me, I felt even less like going. At the last minute, I decided to ride my bike instead. I figured this was better than nothing! I haven't ridden my bike in a while, so I dusted it off, pumped up the tires and loaded it into DH work van. I really enjoyed that ride. I took my old 3 speed bike (although I think it's broken and I could only ride in 1 speed - good thing the trail was fairly flat) and rode 6 miles. I peddled the whole time (about 40 mins.), so I was getting a work-out!

Friday was an off day and we had to get DD#1 & #2 ready for their "homeless experience" on Saturday. It's with the church youth group and they had to spend 24 hours in a cardboard box. They had to solicit donations before and during the event (parking lot of a grocery store). DH dropped them (and their huge box) off @ 6:30 a.m. We stopped by later that morning to drop off donations (they get points on how much donations they get and they get to eat based on that) and then DD#3 and I went back for Mass in the parking lot later that evening. The event was held later (usually in March) and it's usually very cold. It was very hot on Saturday, we almost broke a record (85+). Later Saturday afternoon, DD#3 and I took a walk with the dog (cross training day), but as usual, I ate badly on Saturday.

Sunday morning DH picked the girls up @ 7:00 a.m. and we made them a big breakfast (they had very little to eat). The ate, showered and went to bed! Then DH, DD#3 and I went to religious ed. We got home at 10:00 and DH went to work. I decided to run then because it was going to be another hot one. At 10:30, it was already 75+. The trail was already crowded and I saw a few people I knew. It was really another hard run for me. To make this long story short, I think I must be getting burned out on running! I'm barely making 3 miles and it seems like a struggle the whole time. I keep making excuses on why this is getting harder and I'm not improving, but I think part of it is I'm burned out! I really don't want to stop, because I've worked so hard. I want to finish this training, although I have over 4 weeks to go. Next week will start to be real hard and I'm not sure I can keep up. I'm not going to start over again, I'm just going to do the best I can.

I might have to incorporate something else in this summer, but not completely stop running. It was really hard last summer to keep it up with the heat. What do other people do when they feel "burned out"!?

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CANNIE50 4/30/2012 7:23PM

    I have been here, with running. One thing to do is to completely give yourself a week off of running - no guilt!, and focus on other things (like biking, good for you for substituting that bike ride for a run), fast walks, a hike or two, just something to keep you moving. You can let your "running batteries" re-charge a bit. Do you do strength training? I have learned what a big difference strength training makes to running. I still carry an extra 20 lbs but, because of strength training, I am a stronger runner than I used to be. Also, if you normally run by yourself, it can be helpful to run with someone else - a friend who is a little bit faster and will challenge you, or a friend who is interested in starting to run and you can serve as inspiration and coach. Those are some things that have helped me, anyway. One final thought - are you getting enough sleep? Maybe go to bed an hour earlier - you may just be truly tired and a little physically burned out. There is no substitute for rest, of course. Good for your girls, by the way - what a great exercise they did. PS You have probably already done this, but has some great articles about foot issues that your daughter might find helpful.

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End of School Year!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I'm sure all parents can relate to this. Why do the school systems cram everything possible in at the end of the school year?! As soon as Spring Break is over, it's 2 months of chaos. First the CRCT's and it doesn't end until the last day of school - 5th grade trip, 8th grade trip, Field Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, 8th Grade Formal, Jr. Beta Induction - the list goes on! And this doesn't include any "extra curricular activity", school work, and trying to get them to study for all the finals. These people have kids too, don't they get it?

Anyway, I blogged before that DH and I try to "divide & conquer" and get to all the events, but we're going to have to call in for some reinforcements the next couple of weekends. To top it off, DH started a side job and will be working on his days off and some nights. I can't complain, because the money is good, but it does add to the stress. Not to mention making it harder to do my running training. I was supposed to do a 30 min. run on Monday, but DD#2 had a softball game and it was too late (and too cold!) after the game, plus I had to go to the grocery store. Yesterday was an "off" day, so I was going to do it right after work - wrong! I had to run by the craft store and pick up some stuff for the Girl Scout meeting (I forgot I had volunteered to do the SWAP and I didn't have anything for it!) and again, too late after the meeting. DH didn't get home from side job until 9:30 p.m.

I should be able to go tonight. DH will be home and the only thing we need to do is take DD#1 to fill out a job application (she got a lead on a job @ a pizza place) and get DD#3 ready for her 5th Grade trip tomorrow.

DH and I decided to not run in the 5K on Saturday. I really wanted to do this one because it goes through a local quarry, but it would be too much (we have to get DD#1 & #2 to a church thing by 7 a.m. and not sure if we could make it to the race), and not worth the stress of rushing. I think I have a 45 min. run scheduled that day, so I should be able to get it in later in the day. DD#1 & #2 will be at the church thing (a homeless experience) until Sunday morning, so that only leaves me with 1 kid most of Saturday!

I'm trying to not let my full plate get to me. I made the girls chicken nuggets last night. I know, not the most healthy, but it wasn't fast food and they had corn/peas and strawberries (instead of french fries!). I had a quick salad (and a couple of nuggets - the good Tyson ones!)

I watched the Biggest Loser last night and this season is "No Excuses", although these people seem to be full of them! But it is a good reminder that you can find time to exercise and eat right. So I'm trying to "stay the course"!


Don't Run After Eating Doritos!

Monday, April 23, 2012

I'm ashamed that I even typed that. Sad but true! Sunday was another day of eating crap! After a good week of eating right & exercise and a pretty good Friday & Saturday, I blew it on Sunday. My SP blog is my confessional!

The weekend started off well. Friday evening I went with DD#3's Girl Scout troop rock climbing. They went to this neat place that was in a warehouse and had all types of rock climbing - I believe they call it adrenaline climbing. There were some pretty serious climbers there, but they also had things for younger kids to do - a large slanted wall to climb with a slide and a couple of easier walls. Except for the slide and a couple of the "caves" and the treadwall, there had to be an adult "belay" for each girl. We had a quick training on this and it basically entailed holding on to the safety rope and keeping out the slack so the girl could climb and "repel" back down. It was a lot of arm work and my arms and fingers were hurting the next day. I didn't get to climb, but it was an upper arm workout!

Saturday DD#2 had a softball game (they finally won and DD#2 had an awesome game - homerun, triple & double!). I was tired after that - felt like I played the game, but still had a lot of taxing , laundry & housework to do. Took DD#1 & DD#2 to get accessories/shoes for their dresses (DD#1 has confirmation & DD#2 has the 8th grade formal in May) and took DD#3 to spend the night @ a friends.

Sunday we had weird weather (same today & tomorrow). A front came in and it's cold and windy (35-45 mph gusts). I lazed around in the afternoon eating crap and watching movies (hence the Doritos). DD#2 was going run with me and wanted to do it earlier than I planned. Since she's usually not motivated to go, I figured I better go when she was ready. We got to the track and it was crowded with soccer people, but they were using the field, so we did our stretches, 10 min. jog and then the 4 (or 2 laps) of strides/jog, followed by a 10 min. cool down jog. As usual, I thought I was going to die, but this time I also felt sick to my stomach! Usually I run on a pretty empty stomach and definitely not filled with crap! Serves me right though. Hopefully that will teach me a lesson on how I'm fueling my body! I did eat a really good dinner Sunday night and no snacking! Now I'm ready for the week. Tonight's an early softball game, so I'm going to try to do my 30 min. run after. If it's too dark & cold, I'll do it tomorrow (off day)!

Happy Monday ya'll!

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DOLLFACEDX 4/23/2012 12:31PM

    Good to hear I'm not the only one who falls down on their goals - good for you that you 'returned to the fold' 8-)

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Ready for the Weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012

This has been a really long week. I've been so busy, you'd think time would fly, but not so much. My boss is out of the office today through next Thursday. He'll be at meetings, so he'll still be accessible, but when he's in the office, it's crazy. So it will be nice in the office and I can catch up (and do a little blogging!).

Yesterday was a 40 min. run so DH went with me. He's trying to get back into running since he's done with his overnight schedule. I think he pushed it last night because his ankle was swollen (he has bad feet). We had to go as soon as I got home because DD#2 had a softball game. It was an o.k. run. I managed to keep a pretty good pace and I think I did 3.3 miles in the 40 mins., which is about a 37:57 5K. Still way above 36 mins., but better than my last race @ 38+. We got home just in time to shower, eat and go to the game. DD#1 went out to eat with friends after school (she's 16 and a sophomore, but isn't driving yet. She has friends that can now have people ride in their car, so that worrying begins!). She got back just as we were leaving, so she was able to stay with DD#3 (it was a late game). They lost (again). I've mentioned before, the coach doesn't have a clue and he seems to be getting more clueless! I know this is rec. ball, but you can still do some things to at least try to win. These are 13-15 year old girls and you have a wide range of skill/experience. He puts people in positions they've never played & can't play (especially his daughter!) and the errors ensue. Then he gets all mad and I'm like, "dude, what do you expect, we don't practice, so they have to learn by trial & error (mostly error), put the girls where they can play and we might win a game". I could go on and on about this!

Anyway, tonight I will be going rock climbing with DD#3's Girl Scout troop, so I hope to give that a try. I can already feel my arms burning! This weekend is the last weekend until school ends that isn't jammed packed. DD#2 has a game tomorrow, but that 's about it. I have Cross Training on Saturday and Sunday's run is jogging & doing more strides. I actually like this one (since I've done it twice before!) and I'll make DD#2 go with me. We told her last night that she's getting faster on the bases and that will only improve with running!

Hopefully I can keep the eating in control this weekend! Happy Friday!!


The Piper was paid,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

and it wasn't too bad. I blogged on Monday that after a busy weekend and unreported (or even remembered!) eating and a couple of weeks of staying away from the scale, I was concerned about weighing in and felt I might need to "pay the piper". I officially weighed today and I was only up about 1/2 lb. All my measurements were the same. That just puts me back to the 4 lb. over goal and 6 lb. over where I really want to be. Right back to where I was 3 months ago!

So although things are not out of control, I'm not making any grounds. I know that the only thing keeping me from a major gain but keeping me within my maintenane range, is my exercise. I have increased from 2-3 days a week to 5-6 days and most of it is running. I'm not satisfied with the extra lbs. and I know that tracking is the only way to take them off. This is not the weight I want to be at (even though I am within my healthy range - just at the tippy top!).

I'm keeping up with my running in spite of my busy schedule. Last night was a 30 min. run and when DH and I got to the park, dark clouds were rolling in. Since DH likes the hilly trail, I did that with him last night. Within about 15 mins. in, the thunder started rumbling. I decided to change up my route a little so I'd be closer to the car. Good thing, because about 10 mins. later, the clouds opened up and it started pouring. By the time I got back to the car, I was soaked, but I got in the 30 mins. I was able to stretch out under a pavilion, but was not able to do a cool down walk. Getting back to the hilly trail about killed me.

I just can't seem to get past the fact that I feel I should be improving and I should be getting faster and this should be getting easier. I don't want to give up on the running because I can feel the benefits, especially with maintaining my weight. I also don't want to loose what I've accomplished and I'm proud that I can run without stopping for 40+ mins. & 3+ miles. So, hard or not, I'll keep up with it and finish out this training. I'll also keep signing up for 5K's to keep me motivated. This training is also encouraging me to do other forms of exercise, even though I'm still avoiding the ST (going to do that tonight!).

So take that Piper, I'll see you on the trail!


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