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#21: Keep the steam up, running

Monday, April 22, 2013

I've been running out of steam. Last week was pretty terrible, not only because of US events, but on a personal level too. On Monday I got an IUD placed (as I was following the news of the Boston Marathon bombing, horrified) and on Wednesday my cycle started. I know the IUD causes more cramping and heavier flow, but this.... I've never had such awful pains! Basically, I spent the whole week grumpily moping and reading the news.

I ran once on Thurs, doped on NSAIDs. Finally finished 10K training week 9 (10 min run x 4), but couldn't even run the 4 mi (stopped at 3.90). It was a miserable experience, since I ran in the middle of the day in the blazing sun. I realize that it's still an accomplishment, but I'm afraid my training is not fast enough to be ready for the 10K on May 19. I have 4 weeks to increase my distance by 2.2 miles. But the problem is that I'm barely running 2x week. It has been challenging to dedicate an 1 hr + at least 30 min prep before and after to run.

I need to pick myself up and stick to the schedule. If I bail on this 10K, my whole plan to run a marathon next year will fall apart. I need to find motivation and encouragement, but it's so hard when you've been cramping like hell for a week. I'm a terrible wussy when it comes to feminine pain.

To motivate myself, I decided to buy an armband for my phone. I've been looking for one since my first 5k last year. Once I finish the 10K, I'll get myself a heart rate monitor. These are little presents for my determination.

I know I CAN do it. Now I just need to DO it.

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PRETTYATHEIST 4/24/2013 8:45PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your body's negative response to the IUD. I got one about 3 years ago and eventually my periods got really light, though sadly didn't stop altogether. I hope your discomfort goes away soon as you get used to it.

And I know it's hard to be motivated. I train for triathlons and it's tough. But you can do it. You've gotten this far and the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. So you've got this! Good luck.

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