Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I have frequently talked of my goal to walk/run 1000 miles in 2012. When I set that goal for myself, I didn't have quite as much going on as I do today. I met my January, February, and March goals, and came close to meeting April's. I was exhausted.
A large part of this first half of May has been rest and recuperation. It has been emotionally difficult to put aside my 1000-mile goal in order to get the rest I so desperately needed. Still, I saw myself exhibiting some of the classic signs of overtraining and knew rest is what I needed. While pushing so hard to meet my goals in March and April, I slowly started going down the path of making poor nutrition choices in an effort to get quick energy to make it through any given day. It became a vicious cycle and my eating ended up completely out of control. So in May, I have focused on getting my eating back in line by starting small again: I am currently working on a 14-day streak of eating three or more freggies per day. My caffeine and sugar intake has greatly diminished and I am sleeping more. I have been doing a little walking, but not nearly what I originally had planned for this month.
Often when I walk to or from work, I see runners. I watch their beautiful muscles move in steady rhythm and long to feel that in my body. The rest is bringing the desire back that overtraining and busyness took away. It is highly doubtful that my schedule will change any time soon, so I need to be realistic about the likelihood of being able to accomplish my goal of 1000 miles in 2012, but I still want to pursue my fitness goals and still plan to participate in the Women's Half Marathon this fall. I am in the process of altering my 2012 goal, but I took a step in a new and exciting direction Sunday. Getting guidance from Jason Anderson and Coach Nicole in "You Can Run a Mile Without Stopping," ( www.sparkpeople.com/reso
), I went for a walk with short running intervals. It felt great. I was proud of myself and pleased with how well I did. I've been hurting like crazy ever since, but I can't wait to go again!
While I know that the 1000 miles is unrealistic for me at this time, I have not quite come to the point of being able to let it go. I think as I slowly change my focus to running -- which is something I have been wanting to do for a long time now -- maybe it will be easier to alter my goal for this year, knowing that 1000 miles may be possible in another year. I can definitely try again later, while not giving up this year... just make a change. I do understand that this is not a failure. My life is different now and it is important to adjust as life changes. As long as I keep moving in the right direction, I will get there. One step at a time.