Sunday, September 09, 2012
I've noticed a couple strange side effects of my time off from running, in the form of addictions that just seemed to slide away when I began to cross-train with swimming. I didn't even realize these until one day, I just thought, "Hey...I usually do this and I don't anymore. Huh."
I don't offer any explanation whatsoever about why these things seemed to fall away while I was in the boot, off the roads and in the water. It just sort of happened. It seems odd. So I thought it'd be cool to mention them.
I was a coffee ADDICT, you guys. I would drink one cup of coffee with creamer every single morning. EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. It had gotten to the point that I was literally SAD and depressed and felt awful during the day if I hadn't had my coffee.
One day, I had a cup of coffee and I felt really sick. This is not unusual...it has always bothered my tummy...but I usually just ignored that. But, for some reason, that time it REALLY bothered my tummy. It was during my protein shake phase and I wondered if all the protein was just changing my stomach or something? Anyway, I tried it again once about a week later and felt sick.
The most amazing thing is...I haven't even WANTED it. You know, you give something up because it makes you feel sick (like McDonald's or Coke) and you still have a huge YEARNING for it, right? Well, no. Not with coffee. It's like one day I just woke up and I was done with it. Isn't that WEIRD?
Not music in general. LOL. Music while I'm running. I didn't notice this until last week, when I was going on my second "real" run and I didn't even think to take my iPod with me. I started to think about it while I was running and I realized I just didn't WANT music. I am pretty sure this is because I did so much pool work while my ankle healed and I never had music then. And when I bike, it doesn't occur to me to take my iPod (and, truthfully, I like to hear what's going on around me when I'm going that fast...still not totally comfortable on the bike). So, I guess I'm just used to no music.
Yesterday, I ran an entire race with no music and I actually really loved it. I used to rely SO heavily on that music to get me through a run. No more. I don't NEED it. I'm not saying I won't ever listen to music on a run again. Who knows? But...for now...I kind of like my inner monologue. I'm very entertaining, you know. LOL.
And...it gives me time to really try to connect with God. And I think that makes running even more special. Truth be told, there's a lot of stuff going down in my life right now and I am looking to capitalize on every single moment I can possibly get alone with the Big Guy. We've got STUFF to do, you know??? I can't have music interrupting those chances.
OK, this is not just from my injury time. I've noticed this since May, when I really started running. Not only was I beginning to skip TV time with my hubby because I had to get up at 5:30am to run, but I also just wasn't interested in sitting there for hours when I could be reading a cool new book on running or reading a magazine on running. And, I'm not a total freak. I do read OTHER things! Haha. I've been wanting to read SO MANY books...and I just haven't had time with work and mommy stuff. So my only time is in the evening after the kids go to bed...that one special hour or so before I can't keep my eyes open any longer. You know what...if it's between TV and a great book, I'm so going off by myself to devour that book.
I was addicted to more shows than I can count. I was literally really emotionally invested in the plots and characters. I made one change in my life (getting more active) and it's like it all just fell to the ground and died. I couldn't care less about TV anymore. It was actually hard for me to watch the Olympics because I just wanted to go out and do stuff all the time...I didn't want to be chained to the TV. And...yet I did. Haha. Olympic addiction did NOT go away!!!
Anyway, just some strange things I've been noticing. Did any of you notice any addictions just fall away easily once you started your health journey???? I'm curious if I'm the only one.