Wednesday, June 19, 2013
So my attempts at being non-compulsive and only blogging every now and then, has led me to never blogging. I figured it was time for an update!
I got a lot of new going on in my life! I have officially started running again. I have ran three 5k and have placed in my age group all three races and even place in the top 3 overall females in one of the races. I am less than a minute away from my college 5k PR. I've been going to the chiropractor weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) to keep adjusted from all the running.The chiropractor had noted many nerve issues in my back and neck, but since routinely going, he has noted how much easier it is to adjust me. I also took a Good Form Running clinic to help perfect my form and learn to run in a way that is most safe! I've learned a lot from this clinic.
I am now loving running more than I ever have. Part of this is because I don't have to compete with teammates thinking I have to be better than certain people. I go to these races not knowing who I am racing against or if I have beaten them before. I like it that way! That's my big mental problem with skating. I go into a race knowing exactly who I should be and I just can't seem to break this mental barrier. I am hoping that taking a break from major skating competition will help with this.
Before I get into skating, I wanted to mention that I am very excited to start training for my first running marathon at the end of october. It's always been a huge dream of mine to run a marathon and this is truly the first year where I feel mentally and physically strong.
As for skating, I am skating very well. My form and speed has come a long way! My main issues with my skating come from mental insecurities and fears. I just need to learn to let go. I am also training for my 2nd attempt at the Athens to Atlanta 87 mile skate which is at the beginning of October. Last year I fell victim of bronchitis and only made 58 out of the 87 miles. I'm going to be honest though, between the weather and my focus on running, I haven;t found huge motivation to want to train for this 87 mile race.
In addition to my sports, I have been religiously waking up at 5:30am on week days to get a mixture of circuit strength training and now also running in. This strength training has helped my skating, running, and general overall appearance DRASTICALLY!! I'm starting to feel generally comfortable and proud of the way I look.
On the topic of food, I don't get these huge urges to binge anymore. I will graze a lot more but a lot of that tends to be from my work out load and my body NEEDS that food. One main issue that has gotten severe is that I think I am suffering from food intolerance. I suspect gluten, but I try not to self diagnose too much. I've been having horrible stomach pains after eating and all kinds of digestive issues. It's gotten to the point where I don't want to eat / don't know what to eat. I haven't grocery shopped for a couple weeks because I just don't know what to do. I'm going to try the whole gluten free thing to see if it helps. Crossing my fingers!
Anyways...I am just rambling now. I got to get some work done so that I can go get my matching tattoo with my mom and lil sister tonight!!