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The Rolling Stones Weren't Runners

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Any of you who read my status yesterday know that I wasn't having a wonderful Monday. In fact, I haven't had a wonderful Monday since the turn of the New Year (I know there's only been two of them, but neither one of them have been a good day). When the alarm goes off in the morning, I hit snooze about 4 times, then turn it off, roll over and fight with myself about getting out of bed - which usually results in falling back asleep, waking up late and setting the whole morning off from the start. I don't want to work. I have ZERO energy. And I end up sad and depressed all day long. Last night on my way home after a confrontation with a friend and work partner where we ended up shouting at each other I started crying on the bus and for the life of me could not figure out why. The blues had claimed my heart and there was just no shaking them off. Like Keith Richards says - I couldn't get no SATISFACTION - not even if I paid for it.

But enter this morning - Tuesday - my running day. I won't say that I "bounded out of bed" or anything over the top like that, but I got up - and earlier than I normally do - without a huge to-do over it. I caught enough of the news last night to know what I was about to face. Chicago is finally receiving it's just reward for being virtually snow-less amidst the crazy dumps that the East Coast has gotten since December.

The ground was already blanketed in white and coming down fast. But I accepted the challenge, laced on my shoes, and donned by new Fila running jacket (it's so super sexy, I think I got out of bed just so I could wear it this morning).

It wasn't an easy run - the fresh snow underfoot makes it like running in sand. My calves were burning within 5 minutes and then that burn spread to my hamstrings, but I kept running. I resolved myself to a slower speed, but settled into a really nice groove with an easier breath than I've had over my faster runs, so I didn't feel like I was pushing myself past my maximum. The snow was pelting my face sending streams of water down my hot cheeks as it melted, but I just kept wiping it away and sticking out my tongue to catch the big flakes. I was having fun! I only ran a 5K this morning, but I'm proud of getting my butt out there in those conditions and making the best of it. And a 5K is nothing to sneer at even on a GOOD weather day!

Given the fact that currently I am ELATED, I have wicked high energy, I'm happy - jovial even, and just feel an overall SATISFACTION with myself, I think I am finally safe to admit that I have a problem ...a running problem. I am officially addicted to endorphins.

Now this could be seen as a good thing, a good addiction to have and I agree. But if it means suffering through my rest days, that's no fun at all. So maybe it's time to give up the rest days. After this morning, I am convinced that I need to make Monday a running day since the exact same pattern happened last week too. The proof is in the pavement kids - my Monday rest days are starting to hang on me like lead weights (quite literally I felt "heavy" all day yesterday) until I get my Tuesday a.m. endorphin kick and life is roses again.

But I'm worried. I don't want to overdo it. If I run Mondays, do I also run Tuesdays? I've never run two days in a row before. I know some people run every day of the week - but am I one of those people? Here's the current schedule:

Sunday - Bootcamp Video x2, Light Cardio (cleaning or walking)
Monday - Bootcamp Video, Cardio Rest Day
Tuesday - 5K+ Run, Bootcamp Video
Wednesday - 1.5K Swim, Bootcamp Video
Thursday - Bootcamp Video x2, Cardio Rest
Friday - 5K+ Run, Bootcamp Video
Saturday - Zumba, Bootcamp Video

So can I fit in more? I currently burn in the neighbourhood of 4000-5000 calories a week just on my regular schedule. Adding another running day will put me almost to 6000 a week and I'm honestly nervous that it's going to backfire in the weight loss department if I start training too hard.

So I don't know. I think I'm going to switch it up for a week and see how it goes. I feel like a crazy person. There is still a good chunk of my brain that believes that you should only run if something is chasing you. That's the part that makes it hard for me to get out of bed in the morning. But more and more, the jack-rabbit in my soul is winning this battle. And I have to be honest - the new gear helps immensely. I'm hot to trot kiddies, so I best get out there and prance!

If someone had told me a year ago (they probably did and I probably looked at them like they had a face full of maggots) that today I would discover the cure for winter depression, I wouldn't have believed a word of it. But I'm so glad that every day that I get out of bed, pull on that sports bra and discover the cure over again, I continue to prove my old self wrong. Because in this case, I am willing to admit that I knew nothing back then. And my reward for the purging of that old belief system is pure enlightenment, reams of energy and complete SATISFACTION. Sorry Keith, ain't no drug on the market that's gonna come close to achieving this high.

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    Jack rabbit in my soul too even though I'm 65! I'm working up to it. That jacket is VERY inspiring...
    Glad I didn't miss too many of your blogs while I was in Paris!
    I do so remember that Chicago snow. The only place I've lived where my nose hairs froze...
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    2597 days ago
  • KATH02
    You ROCK! Just make Monday a fun run or a walk/run! When I was at my running peak a few years ago, I had the same problem. And I can't wait to have it again. I wanted to run everyday. It's not a bad problem to have.
    2598 days ago
  • YOGINI18
    If we're lucky your fitness mojo is contagious and we'll all wake up tomorrow and want to put in a little 5k run in the snow!!! It sounds like you should definitely try and switch or add a run to Monday to start the week off on a high. And like the other folks - I totally dig your running jacket! Keep it up you rock star!
    2599 days ago
    I agree that that jacket is hot! You go girl!
    2599 days ago
    There is a jack rabbit in your soul?! That is so very cool. I love that and I love this blog.

    Winters are tough to stay motivated for me - the lack of sun, the cold, the snow, the dreariness... blah blah. But I have to admit that morning workout is miraculous and sets the right tone - even if it is tough to get out of bed.

    So maybe endorphins are the cure for the winter blues.

    I am mighty impressed that you ran in the snow. That is awesomesauce. And no one chasing you either - kudos, rock star.


    Run baby run!
    2599 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2011 9:58:15 PM
    I say go ahead and mix it up. Can't hurt and sometimes the shake up has extra positive effects in the weight loss department. Something you might want to consider for winter running are Yaktraks. I just read about them in a blog by KARVY09. They prevent slipping and sliding. I'm going to get me a pair of those.
    Your exercise regimen is amazing. No wonder you are having so much success. You go girl!
    2599 days ago
    I want your running jacket too! I have jacket envy!
    2599 days ago
    I actually snorted out loud when I read, "I only ran a 5K - you are a rock star!
    My two cents on the running on Monday and Tuesday .... Monday can be a fun run, and Tuesday your training run. You'll know if it works for you soon enough, just remember to listen to your body.
    2599 days ago
    I'm with LOTUSFLOWER: I'm totally impressed you even got up and ran this morning. I haven't stared C25K because of the cold and it's barely cold enough to snow here. Yes, living in DC has made me soft and I am now a weenie. I have accepted this, lol.

    Also, I think people are spot on when they say that you should just try it out and see what happens. You'll never know until you try. Plus, you could try switching up the order of your rest day and light cardio day such that you're not running two days in a row but still getting more impact earlier in the week.
    2599 days ago
    Did you actually say I *ONLY* ran a 5k?? Seriously? In this snow? GIRL, you are the BOMB for getting out and running this morning! It was a pain for me to walk to my car to drive to work, lol. I hear you on the winter depression, the oversleeping, overreacting, I've been there all too often these past weeks!! I think you're right, the remedy lies in the running. I finally got a run in on Friday and am going to run again tomorrow. I don't personally run two days in a row because it makes me too sore, but I know lots of people can and do, I'm just not one of them. You burn a lot of cals per week, baby!!!
    2599 days ago
    I want your running jacket!!! So cute! I'm working on getting into that groove. I need your energy!
    2599 days ago
    Running you say... outdoors you say... interesting. I need to get in the habit of going to the YMCA For my morning jogs (they have an itty bitty indoor track!), I am so deep in the winter blahs I can't stand it! What other gear do you wear or suggest to brave the Chicago deep freeze? I am not against trying to run at home before work!
    2599 days ago
  • WYND10
    You're amazing. I think you should send some of that fitness mojo my way, mkay? ;)

    I think switching it up is a good idea. See if it works for you. If worse comes to worst you might have to up your calories a bit to account for the extra calorie burn. That's not such a bad thing, right? More veggies for you! ;)

    2599 days ago
    Try it! If it doesn't work, mix it up again!
    2599 days ago
  • CECE0330
    Love this blog! I'm about an hour west of Chicago (Rockford) and got out of bed this morning to try my brand spanking new running pants/top. The snow was falling, and yeah, it WAS a harder run than usual on account of it, but it felt sooooo good!

    I think as far as the schedule goes, there's no hurt in trying. For me, i NEED rest days, but it always helps my mental being to have super strong workouts at the beginning of the week. Sets the tone, you know? So on account of my schedule, I use Thursday as my rest day.

    I SO agree with the endorphin business. I am NOT a pleasant person when I don't get my workouts in! My patience wears thin, my stress levels go through the roof...I honestly RUN (and zumba) for my sanity as much as my physical health!
    2599 days ago
    Funny, I was just listening to Keith on my iPod and agreeing with him as I struggled through my 60 minute walk/run. Sounds like you are doing great and only you will know about that Monday run.
    2599 days ago
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