Ok I admit it, my mind has gotten the better of me lately and therefore my running has been in a slump. I came back from my company’s trip and needed to get out of my rut like no other. I was also at a point where I didn’t like the way I looked and to be quite honest, my clothes weren’t fitting like I remembered (this has been happening for the last year or so, I’ve just been in denial about it. Simply saying the dryer shrunk my clothes or some other excuse 🙂 )
So I entered last week on a mission. I started cross training and spinning in addition to my training for the NYC Marathon. The running was becoming mundane and I knew I needed to change it up but also change up my working out and put some new things in there. I started this one fitness program that has you on the treadmill doing hills and intervals and pushing your pace to points where you get really uncomfortable. Some of my running buddies have seen some improvements in their running abilities and speed so I’m really looking forward to that. AND I’ve added a spin class to change it up as well to still get my heart rate up. I’ll tell you what though, this last week kicked my butt.
I had a 4 miler with a few of my running buddies Saturday evening. It was HOT! They gave us ice water at the water stop and it totally made me feel like I was going to get sick. So as a result I walked most of mile 2. Not the best but that’s ok. I then walked a song, ran a song for the remainder of the race. As a result I was a very slow 50 minutes for 4 miles. UGH! Oh well. I managed. But let me tell you, I was so freaking sore on Sunday and Monday. I went to my cross training class on Monday and had a hard time running and doing the exercises. But I did it. And last night the run kicked my but. Try running .6 miles at a decent pace at a 6% incline. Wowzers! I love it don’t get me wrong! But hot dang!
I keep looking at my arms and legs and think I see a change. BUT it’s only been a week so how can a change happen that fast? Yeah it’s pretty much all mental at that point. I hope to see some more changes and better changes in the future. Only time will tell.