Well, my last post was more than a month ago — sheesh, what I terrible blogger I am. I’d like to say I haven’t written because something so incredible is going on in my life, rendering me far too busy to sit down for 30 minutes to write. But not really. The real reason is fear of being boring.
The fact is that the past month has been great! I’ve picked up some consulting work. I landed myself a new job that I’m really excited about. I’ve seen a lot of friends and family. I went back to Montana for a long weekend, where it snowed. In July. Which was bizarre.
But life hasn’t been all that fascinating from a fitness point of view. So I’ve struggled with what the heck to write about.
I’ve been training for the SF half marathon (which is this weekend), but that’s not unique or all that interesting. I mean, practically everyone I know has run a marathon. Plus, I’m just running all the time. And not even that fast or well. I’m not playing tennis, and I’m not trying out new workouts, sports or studios. I’m just running 5-6 days of week, and trying to squeeze in some cross-training, too.
But this is a fitness blog, where I share fitness-related stuff in my life. So what can I say about the past month …
- I really like training for an actual event. Not just to work out to be healthy, or look good in skinny jeans, or get an endorphin boost. But to work steadily toward a very tangible goal. I’d like to do more of that.
- I’m super psyched that I’ve conquered the mental hurdle of semi-long runs (or at least have learned how to distract my monkey brain). Thank you, Tim Ferris.
- Running has been humbling. I’ve plateaued on getting faster, which was initially frustrating but now I’m over it.
- I’m alarmed at how hungry I get after a long run. A post-run snack that’s got carbs, protein and fat helps. Like peanut butter and honey on a rice cake. Or sometimes — let’s be real — a ginormous cheeseburger.
- I went to Montana and thought I could just go and run 12 miles at 7,800 feet. Hahahahahahaha.
- My best gear purchase was a waist holster for a small bottle of water. Even though it looks dorky, staying hydrated makes more of a difference to my stamina than all the gels and Gu’s in the world.
- A week ago, I got a little injured. I’m not sure how and I’m not sure what was actually wrong because I didn’t go to the doctor. I rested and iced and ibuprophen-ed for a week and a half, and now it’s better. But I missed my peak mileage week, and now I’m supposed to be “tapering” and I don’t really know what to do about that. I guess I’ll just taper and not worry about it.
- My sister also got a little injured before I did, so we haven’t been able to run together, which has been a big bummer!
- Trail running rocks. I wish all of my runs could be trail runs.
- When I couldn’t run, I really, really missed running. Which has never happened to me before.
After this weekend, I’m looking forward to mixing up my routine again, and getting back to some of the other activities that I love. But boring or not, running has definitely earned a priority spot in my regular routine.
Also published on Medium.