All over the internet bloggers love using fun little names and link ups to help inspire their writing and provide direction for their posts. From Motivation Monday to What I Ate Wednesday, Thinking Out Loud Thursday and Friday Five, there’s pretty much a lead for every day of the week and I love them all.
But today I am making up my own – Confession Friday. Okay, okay, I know it doesn’t have the same alliterative ring to it like some but you’ll just have to humour me and overlook that detail.
Now, what am I confessing anyway? If you’re looking for juicy gossip, you won’t find any in these lazy-assed sins but in my tidy little world of running and fitness, I’m feeling pretty bad about a few things and quite simply, just need to ‘fess up so I can move on.
So here are the things I need to confess…
1. This run I totally gave up on.
My first long-ish run of the summer was a total bust. We were visiting my husband’s family on the island and so I set out bright and early, ready to run approximately 20 km around the lake. The first km was pretty great but it was all downhill from there.
Well, it was uphill actually. The lake road is super hilly and every little incline had my legs feeling like lead. I didn’t have a great breakfast and my stomach was still feeling disgusting from a minor bug I had the week before. Add to that the crazy heatwave we were having and it only took me about 4 km before I was walking, whining and wiping away a few tears.
Thankfully my brother-in-law happened to drive by at that moment and I couldn’t help but stick my thumb out and hitch a ride back with him. I felt awful physically and even more terrible emotionally – I never give up on runs. But hey, some days are just not your day I guess.
2. My chocolate milk consumption is way down.
Well, pretty much nil actually. I normally keep my fridge stocked with chocolate milk so that I always have it handy after my workouts. Recovering properly is so much easier when you’re prepared. Anyhow, the last chocolate milk I drank from my fridge had gone bad because it had been awhile since I ran. Oops. And since then, I just haven’t been training to the level that much recovery is required. That makes me sad.
3. My bread and potato chip consumption is way up.
This year has been a great one for me in the food department because I finally feel like I’ve figured out a good balance of what to eat for my running, maintaining a good weight and having the energy I need. There’s still room for treats and drinks but not surprisingly, it doesn’t include a lot of carbs. Until this past couple weeks, that is! My superhero powers to resist yummy cheese toast with butter, salty chips on the boat and my mom’s delicious apple pie seem to have failed me. Food is such a happy thing for me, it goes hand in hand with being at the cabin and spending time with family I guess.
4. Trails? What are those?
So there’s this little matter of a super challenging, very technical 50 km trail ultra marathon I’m signed up for this August in Squamish. And one would assume that in order to run a super challenging, very technical 50 km trail ultra marathon, one should probably be training on lots of super challenging, very technical trails right? We don’t need to go into the details of my grossly inadequate trail mileage this past month but let’s just say me and the trails need to be spending some quality time together over the next 6 weeks!
5. My shoes are collecting dust!
It’s true, I haven’t done a lot of trail running this summer but if I think about my mileage in general, I just haven’t put in the time I normally would. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some really wicked runs, speedy runs even, beautiful runs at sunset and awesome runs cruising along the beach but in my heart I know it’s not enough. My shoe pile has been a little more stagnant than I’d like.
So yeah, I guess what I’m getting at is a little public shaming to remind myself that even though it’s summer, I still need to stay motivated if I want to keep up and race. I had a seriously awesome start to the year and all that hard work definitely burnt me out a little. It’s also been nearly a month since I posted on my blog and that makes me feel pretty lame too. Sigh.
I also said to myself that I didn’t want to let running take over my summer like it has in other years. My boys are getting older and are just so much fun now. In past summers I had to be constantly behind them but now I get to play WITH them and I have to say, watching them jump off the dock, swim in the lake and learn to wake surf with daddy is just so much fun. It’s getting harder and harder to take time away from that to go out and torture myself on the roads!
Anyhow, our first two weeks of holidays are over and we’re home now for a little while before heading back out again. Feels like the perfect time to regroup and get focused again. How is your summer training going? Please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with this…