I know my trouble is 90% mental and 10% environmental. Here's why. In California, I was easily running my longer mid-week runs, so I know I'm physically capable. However, I missed my long run while away, and when I got back to Florida I was back in the outdoor-running-state-of-mind.
|After one successful 5am run this week, I laid out clothes for the next...and they've stayed there for 3 days.|
|Only in Florida do you see skies like this behind you while skies ahead are bright.|
Running outside - and alone - at 5am is kind of terrifying. And, despite the early hour and lack of sunlight, there's still 90% humidity.
I need to start carrying water on shorter runs in this climate, but I've been putting off getting a fuel belt because I'm afraid I won't like it.
This week I really suffered for my lack of hydration and being on my feet all day. I've been living all summer in flipflops and running shoes; after my first day back at school in work shoes, my feet cramped up and turned into crazy claws for 15 minutes, until Matt fed me a high-potassium smoothie.
The long and short of this is that I have no one to blame for my slacking but myself, and maybe I needed to take some time off because the anxiety and change in schedule that accompanies the beginning of school have left my energy stores empty. But I also don't want to make excuses or allow myself to continue on this path and then have to bow out of the marathon.
|Ready for open house to begin! Check out those under-eye circles!|
As much as I want to love them, I have to wonder if I just need to get new Kayanos instead of sticking with the Adrenalines. But maybe it's all in my head!
(This is why I hate shoe-buying.)
As of right now, I'm not at all on track. This needs to change. I'm the only one who can change it. Being behind and knowing I have a plan to follow is stressful, so I'm taking my training into my own hands and ignoring my actual training plan for now.
Goals for this week:
1. Run at least three weekdays, at least 4 miles.
2. Complete my long run.
3. Complete a real crosstraining workout at the gym.
Once I'm back in the habit, I know getting up early to run will be doable and even easy at times. But this week I've had zero energy. And I hate to admit it, but admitting it will force a change.
|Above and below: my post-Open House classroom looks more lived-in and normal!|
Now that I've gotten the whining out of my system, it's time to move forward.
How do you motivate yourself out of a slump?
Share some words of wisdom/inspiration!