I gave myself from November 18th (the day after the Brooklyn Marathon, which I still need to recap, I know) to November 30th to do whatever the heck I wanted exercise-wise. I ran two marathons in two weeks and I’LL DO WHAT I WANT, DANG IT. As it turns out, that was mainly vinyasa yoga and spinning. I never forced myself to do anything and it was wonderfully freeing.
Now December 1st has come and gone and I have no more excuses to talk myself out of sweating. (I do miss it!) To an outsider it may seem as though I did enough this month to validate my laziness, but I just looked at my calendar and there are only 9 days of workouts. NINE! Yes, two of those were marathons. But 9 days is pretty sad. That’s only 30% of the month.
My activity of choice for the past few weeks was being lazy on my couch. And I can definitely feel the after-effects. Let me tell you, it’s hard to snap out of the mental state of laziness – after 20 days of couch time, I have my work cut out for me – but once I get back into the habit, it will be less of a struggle. (I hope.)
I haven’t been totally unproductive though. I’ve actually been cooking REAL MEALS! Not rushing to the gym after work has given me a lot of time to find recipes, go grocery shopping, and actually chop vegetables and create magical, edible concoctions with my own two hands. I’ve learned the beauty coming home from work, putting on yoga pants, turning on relaxing music, and cooking.
WHO AM I?!
Thanks to Marissa, I’m finding I can actually enjoy this stuff. (Gasp!) I’ve been feeling great since working with her and am really proud that I’ve started reflecting on and actually making the effort to change my eating habits. But then November happened and I went ahead and messed up the other half of my “healthy lifestyle”; decreasing my amount of exercise just made me feel BLAH.
This is a great lesson in balance.
Before Marissa, my eating habits were horrible but I was working out a lot. This month, my exercise habits are bad but I’m eating pretty well.
It’s NOT one or the other. But I also don’t have to be (and can’t be) “perfect” all the time. I’m still working on fine-tuning that balance, and I know I needed a little exercise break to relax and get re-energized. After a few too many Thanksgiving treats and glasses of wine, it’s time to hop back on the wagon. I’m ready. I think.
So, after a 13-day hiatus, I ran outside yesterday. (It was warmer out, yessss!) To be honest, it’s the cold weather that’s been keeping me out of my Asics and will probably keep me indoors as it gets cooler. I know, I know…”real runners don’t hibernate” or whatever the popular kids are saying these days. I choose warmth so I guess I’m not a real runner (lies, all lies) but that’s okay with me. Yes, I know that as long as I dress properly it will be fine. I’ve run in 10 degree weather before (hello, I grew up in Iowa) without any problem. Actually, it’s probably easier once you get started…easier than warm weather, at least. But it’s a lot of effort. A lot of MENTAL effort to convince myself to just freakin’ do it (unless I’m meeting a friend to run outside, in which case I have no choice. Makes my life much easier, actually). Not to mention all the struggling when putting 5 layers of clothing on your body, and then scurrying out the door and so you can get a running start before your feet even hit the pavement because any seconds spent outside and not moving are seconds spent unneccesarily frozen.
I know I’m making excuses and that I’m lucky I get to run at all. But sometimes in the dead of winter I’d just rather be running on the treadmill in my steamy little gym. Don’t you remember my rant about swimming in cold water? I think Iowa scarred me for life so now I can’t even deal. Anyway, the moral of the story is…I RAN 4 MILES YESTERDAY. OUTSIDE. I AM PROUD. (I didn’t plan to rant about cold weather but here we are. Sorry.)
Anyway, I guess I need a plan for December, don’t I? I really want a new goal…a non-race goal. I’m thinking along the lines of a strength goal, but we all know you can’t just say “I want to get stronger”, right? You need a SMART goal!
I’d love to do something like CrossFit (I like that they have an encouraging community and someone tells you what to do everyday), but I don’t want to actually do CrossFit.
What else? Any ideas? What’s your next non-race goal?