Does anyone else feel like this right now?
I started week 12 off on the wrong foot, letting winter blues and work stress send me into a pessimistic downward spiral. It’s funny how that works, once one thing goes wrong it seems like EVERYTHING goes wrong! You know why that is? Perception! When you are focusing on the negative, the negative is all that you notice. In most cases, all it takes to be happy is a change in perception. I promise, for every one thing that is going wrong there is one thing going right. Life balances itself out like that, the whole ying and yang philosophy…I’m a huge believer in that. Controlling the mind and it’s focus takes practice and conscious effort, but it’s how I manage to stay positive most of the time. But then there are days or weeks, like this past week, that I loose that focus and I’m like this….
I love picture of cute, furry animals with funny sayings on them! Haha And they are such great diversions!….from things like me admitting *gulp* that I totally slacked off on training this week! Time to face the music so here is week 12 in training (thankfully this was a back off week!):
Thursday: Nothing (+I ate a Mcdonald’s chicken nugget meal and 3 *seriously* apple pies)
Friday: 5 miles treadmill (At least the shame of eating 3 apple pies got me moving again!)
Saturday: 13 miles on B&A Trail (With good old *Stay thirsty* DJ!)
Sunday: 12.5 miles loop around Davidsonville
Week 12 Miles: 30.5 (5.5 miles short of weekly mileage goal)
2014 Miles: 268.1
To sum it up, I only ran 3 of 5 planned running days and skipped out on all of my cross training again. Luckily I got my head right for the weekend and made up some serious mileage. Getting to run with my friend Doug (an amazing runner/triathelete) on Saturday definitely helped. He is very encouraging and has a lot of great endurance and nutrition advice. Plus, we’re both very competitive (lol), so we both ran a little harder than we would have on our own. Then the time alone today, running some of my favorite country roads, was that final boost that I needed. I am feeling refreshed, happy, and centered again; and ready to leave this week behind me and focus on the training week ahead. I have my first (of 2) 20 miler next weekend. I am always so excited and nervous for those 20 milers during marathon training. With just a few weeks left before my taper (then Garden Spot!!) I want to stay focused and centered to give the rest of my training 100% of what I have to give!
I hope everyone else preparing for spring races is having fun and keeping it together! This winter has been a rough one! To quote my wise old boyfriend Danny, “Control the mind and the body will follow.”
Do you have any tips for dealing with the “winter training blues”? Have you been logging miles outside or on the treadmill? With a group or solo? What do you do to stay focused and keep training fun?