Happy Friday!! How are you?
It’s been FOREVER and a day since I have done a Friday Fitness check in. I am SO happy to be back on the scene (with a gangster lean?)! It’s been an interesting couple of weeks fitness wise so let’s catch up today, shall we?
- Monday: Elliptical & Strength Training
- Tuesday: 4 Miles
- Wednesday: Elliptical, TRX & Kettlebells
- Thursday: Rest
- Friday: 3 miles (planned)
It’s been a whirlwind for the past three months or so–I’ve been on 6 different trips out of town, one out of the country and one that I found out about 2 weeks before it happened. It has been super tricky to keep up with my fitness regimen. I found that I was feeling incredibly guilty about not working out and when I DID go, I felt as if I was just going for no real reason, just to shut off the annoying feeling that I SHOULD go.
I didn’t really find my workout mojo again until I taught in Miami. I can admit that I was a bit body conscious because I was super worried about what these girls would think of me, my curves, my jiggles. It turned out to be an incredible experience and exactly what I needed to kick my workouts back into gear again.
I’ve been getting up every morning and going to the gym, if you hang out with me on Instastories you will see exactly what I’m doing on each day. The best part is, that it FEELS good. It doesn’t feel like a chore, it doesn’t feel like I’m checking a box, it actually feels like my body is thankful for the endorphins. Can I also say that it’s really, really nice to NOT be training for anything? WOW. Since I decided to start running serious distances a simple 3 years ago, I have been always reaching for new heights. I did the 10k, the 10 Mile, The Half, The Full–TWICE. There was NO break, there was always a very intense race coming or on the horizon.
Is it weird that every time I see a commercial or a marketing piece for the NYC Marathon, I feel relieved inside? I had guaranteed entry to the race this year and I decided that I could NOT do it 3 years in a row. Yes, there was a lot of mom guilt involved but really I just wanted my life back. There is NO WAY that could have traveled so much while training for a full. 26.2 requires SO much of your heart, time, mind and especially spirit. After completing NYC for the second time last year, I felt at peace. First, I didn’t die. Second, I felt like I got FULL redemption for the year prior even though I was only 10 minutes faster.
I am never saying never to running a full again. As a matter of fact, I am guaranteed a 2018 entry because I have run 9 qualifying races this year. However, if I never run a full again, I’d be okay. The itch has been scratched. If I sign up again, I likely won’t take it as seriously as the first two.
However, I am STILL RUNNING OTHER DISTANCES! I have my annual Turkey Trot coming up on Thanksgiving day and that will be followed likely by the Ted Corbitt 15k (which I have never run before, probably because it’s in December). I also will be registering for the NYC Half which has a BRAND NEW ROUTE starting in Brooklyn!! Yes!! The really cool part is that not only will be starting in Brooklyn, we will be running the TOP of the Williamsburg Bridge, through Manhattan and ending in–you guessed it–Central Park. When I ran NYC a few years ago running the first 6 miles in Central Park was THE hardest part of the whole thing so I’m excited for the changes.Why I am relieved to not be running a full marathon this year #fitness #runchat
What have you decided not to do in your life that has caused relief? How was your fitness and health week?