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Friday, March 08, 2013

Over the last couple of years I have seen my workout endurance grow.
I can do things now that I could not do then without collapsing.

Often, while I am reluctant to start, once I get going it is over before I know it. I am sweaty, flushed, and filled with post exercise satisfaction!

Some days (sometimes a streak of them) it is still a massive struggle. This week had been rather a strong example.
Every work out had been a fight. Not just getting started, but getting through.
The motivation and adrenaline refuse to kick in.
Every minute was a fight with myself. No pain. But my endurance seemed less. Or was that just a symptom of reluctance?
Was I getting winded quicker on the sprints, or was I just being a wimp because I wasn’t "into it"?
Difficult to tell.

I looked up an article online about why some workouts are harder than others.

This was mostly aimed at runners but was worth a read-through

Some of the reasons given and my comments on how they might have been applying.

Dehydration (not highly likely as I gulp water all day, but still possible)

Too Much, Too Soon (not in the way I think the article meant, but my body did get a bit of a beating at the end of last week and while I wasn't in Pain, maybe it was just sluggish still)

Inadequate Fueling (Don't really think that is the issue)

Life Stresses (YES! Been riding the stress horse harder than Ever lately, I really need to take a chill pill.. add hormones going wonky this week and I have been a wreck)

Weather (in the article it was really aimed at outdoor runners, but as a SAD sufferer, the winter is very difficult for me, and with all the stress I am carrying, it has been getting to me quite easily)


So I have another weekend crammed full of obligation and activity. What I really want to do is sleep in and do nothing.
I really need to slow down my frantic pace.
Some things I really unavoidably obligated for already, but I think I really need to sit down and review things a bit. I am in desperate need of some ME time.
Very hard to come by, not only is there an additional person living with us for a few more weeks, but her father is comming to stay for a week too.

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    I empathize. Wish I knew the solution because I would tell you :-)
    Sometimes it helps to use music on days that I struggle, sometimes doing a class on those days helps. Sometimes just doing a walking video so I feel like I have done something is what I need. Today is one of those days for me and I am trying to work up the energy to hit the gym...Hope it improves soon!
    1899 days ago
  • RUDITUDI2000
    I can so relate. I love my full plate, however, lately I am feeling run down and unable to think clearly, foggy if you will. Twice this week I felt jittery, like too much coffee feeling , yet that is not the case either day. So badly longing for a day of rest, no noise (people or doggie noise that is), no interruptions, just cleaning to very loud music, a bath, and a book and then sleepy time....That is how I would spend day if I could....
    I wish I could take the cleaning out too however that is part of my stress, the house work is suffering as result of the beautifully full plate! Sorry for the rant!
    I'll be lifting you girl! This season will pass, right?! emoticon emoticon
    1901 days ago
    Yeah, I would say your plan to evaluate the level of obligations is important. The body responds to chemicals generated from stress and ends up depleted. Stress is hard work! So take the very best care of yourself you can and ramp down what you expect of yourself a bit. Rest as much as you can! It will pay off!
    1902 days ago
    It takes alot to make me give up!
    1902 days ago
    Glad you are looking into it rather than just giving up.
    1902 days ago
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