I notice a pattern whenever I reach a goal (like complete a race or buy some gorgeous new clothes as a reward): I slip with food and exercise for a while.
This year I am training for my first 10km race and sadly I twisted my ankle in June (winter in Australia) and was just about ready to run again when I slipped on some snow in July (of course, the same ankle!).
I have fully recovered now but it took a while!
Simultaneously, I stopped utilising my YMCA membership just when I moved up a fitness notch AND began a new plan AND was seeing results in gaining both muscle and confidence.
SO the reason I stopped the strength training is I lost my license (ahem!) for 3 months due to driving and talking on my mobile phone as a policeman cruised next to me for an entire block!
I have learned my lesson, and I have actually enjoyed the challenge of taking care of my family using my legs, my bicycle and the awesome Tram & Train system here. For example, my Wednesday training run is to the local Farmers Market to get our organic fruit & veggies that I can afford because we grow lots of our own.
So I am now 5 only weeks away from my race, and excited, but have hit the doldrums this week. Might be the change of season but who knows?
Last week I had a cold and did not run at all (I did walk a few times though) and this week I just don't care or something.
What is going on here?
I read Nancy Howard's blog this morning "The Art of Recovery", about runners and the need for rest, and she describes me to a T : moody, tired, I am so tired when I wake up even though I have good sleep habits now-a-days! SO maybe I just needed to rest?
I feel really motivated from reading a Brian Willis quote in sparkfriend Juliabelanger blog:
"WIN: What is Important NOW. Who do I want to be today?"
Today I get past this Blah and today I WANT to be a runner - so I run!
Just a short run, just to blow the cobwebs out of my blah brain.
My 6 word mantra today: "I run, it gets me energised!"
My first 8 km race, the Mothers Day Classic May 8 2011:
I did it! I can do 10 km too!!!!