Sometimes I feel like my weeks go by one after another, identical in every way besides maybe choosing acorn squash over butternut squash or running 10.08 miles instead of 10.1 on a Saturday.
Somehow a lot of things are changing under the surface, gradually, over time, but you would never know it just by looking at what goes on daily. I guess a lot of that is the comfort in having a routine, but it always amazes me how daily life can stay the same and yet you look back a few months and realize that a lot has changed!
I’m a lot better at post-run selfies for one thing, amiright?!
So where the heck am I now? Running wise I’m happy. In the very beginning of July I decided to take a step-back in mileage and general intensity until I start marathon training and I have completely stuck to my plan. AND it actually worked! I am happy to say I have no fatigue, soreness, joint pain, tendon “feelings” or anything resembling pain to speak of when it comes to running. Halle-friggin-lujah for that. I was having a mild aching in my hip after running my last 10K in June and there was no way I wanted to start marathon training feeling any sort of lingering pain. I’m sure there will be plenty of various pains to speak of once my mileage is hiked up during training so no need to get ahead in that department.
Ditching my garmin for 4 runs a week is also working out nicely and giving me back that free feeling I love about running. I did a tempo run this morning and “hid” my garmin in my back pocket for the whole run and just ran by effort, with a mile warmup and cooldown included. The result was that my splits were nearly identical (for the tempo portion) to what I ran last week except without the annoyance of checking my pace every few minutes. The photo on the left shows my splits from last week and the right from today.
I admit I am a little bit nervous looking at my marathon training plan that I will start next Monday, because I have my mileage going up a bit higher than what it was training for Boston. I’m reminding myself that I’m not dealing with an injury now like I was then, and I feel that if I’m careful about recovering from hard runs I will handle it well. I will share the plan on the blog later this week, but since I created it myself it basically takes into consideration everything that has and has not worked for me during past marathon training.
Nutrition wise things are feeling great too. It seems like the more time that goes by the more I feel the improvements in my digestive function and overall health. It’s crazy to remember how much distress I was in on a regular basis and the discomfort I put up with and accepted as a part of “normal” life for me. I won’t go into a lot of detail in this post about my past GI issues (although I may do this at a later point) but it was a lifetime struggle with “IBS” that would flare up seemingly randomly, for months at a time, and when the symptoms weren’t horrible they were still very much present in my daily life. They are nearly completely gone at this point which to me is almost scary, in a good way!
And now I know you’re wondering where arguing about the bachelorette figures into a typical start to the week. So without totally throwing him under the bus I’ll just say that Adam (husband) must watch every episode of the bachelor/bachelorette and has done so with great consistency for the past 8 years at least. I was right there with him in the beginning (sort of) but for the past 3 years at least I just can’t stand it anymore. So it’s become a weekly routine. I put my son to bed, come downstairs and see his eyes glued to the TV as they’re previewing “the most surprising end to a season they’ve ever seen” and then break to commerical. And then it starts, admittedly I’m annoying and start it every time. “I just don’t get why you like this show, it’s horrible. It’s not real. It’s sending terrible messages to women and girls. Every season is exactly the same. It’s predictable.” I literally think I’ve said the same thing every week for at least 2 years. And each time he gets annoyed and tries to give an answer. “I like the competition. I like to see who she picks. Some of them DO get married.” And then it goes on that way back and forth for the remainder of the show. It’s painful. I know it’s 60% my fault but thank god the season’s over. And I think as of last night I finally just realized that he likes the show now mainly for the comfort and consistency of it – it’s the same goddamn show week after week, season after season. So it’s like his favorite blanket. It’s always there, always the same, who cares if it’s old and gets grosser and more disgusting with time, it’s his show and it makes him happy. The end!
Do you ever feel like you have a predictable routine, only to look back and realized how much things have changed while you weren’t noticing? What are your feelings about the bachelor/bachelorette?