Falling Off The Wagon

Yup, it happened. I could sense it was going to happen, and I tried to stop it, but I just couldn’t. I have fallen off the running wagon, just a few weeks from the Go! St. Louis half marathon. How far have I fallen? After running 9 times for 45 miles in February, I’ve followed that up with four runs and 19 miles this month. No bueno. I basically run once a week, and haven’t done a true long run since early February. I haven’t gone longer than seven miles yet this year, and only have 118 miles total. If I wanted to keep up with my goal of 1000 miles, I should be closer to 250. If I’m going to do it, it’s going to take a lot of work.

Not to say that I’m just sitting on the couch, eating Bon Bons. I’ve been cycling on the trainer, lifting and doing some other stuff. My dad got me a TRX suspension set for a belated Christmas gift, so I’m going to set that up and do some workouts. I’m starting to feel a bit better, even though I’m failing majorly on my running goals. I did a 10k on Monday, 58:3x along the river front (which, by the way, is awfully close to spilling over its banks). There’s virtually no chance I’ll hit my goal of 2 hours in St. Louis. Heck, there’s a chance I may not even run it if I don’t feel I can.

It’s a shame too, because the course looks awesome. The half marathon course stays closer to downtown, the start and finish are close to the hotel I’m staying at, and you get to cross the Mississippi River twice. I’d love to do it, but if I know I’m going to struggle with the cut-off, I probably won’t bother to drive up and save myself the money.

I really think that after NYC, I was just dead. Physically, mentally and emotionally. I felt running was causing me to sleep less, socialize less, and gain weight. I just wasn’t feeling like myself. Maybe I’m projecting other feelings onto running, but lately I just haven’t had a desire to head out for a run very much. I’m sure it didn’t help that the weather this winter has sucked a lot. When it’s been nice, I’ve managed to head out for a few miles every now and then. Hopefully winter is about over, the sun comes up earlier and I can get out for some morning runs again.

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Tuesday Twofer

1. Failure. That’s what I’ve become with my half marathon training. I just cannot get motivated to run on the treadmill anymore, and the weather outside is not conducive to running. IT WILL NOT STOP SNOWING/SLEETING/FREEZING RAINING/ICING/BEING COLD! It is annoying! On the off chance we have a warm day (like today, near 60) it rains all day long and work keeps me late so I cannot run afterwards. Ugh. I know I’ve got time, my half isn’t for more than a month so I can still pull it together. But right now it’s just not looking good.

I have missed several weekly runs. I have missed the last two long runs. I have not run more than 19 miles in a week, and have not gone for longer than 7 miles yet this year. These things are not good indicators of success in St. Louis. I guess so long as I eat well and don’t party too much….

2. Birthdays. …Oops. My very dear friend had a birthday party that sort of lasted four days this weekend. Her “official” party on Saturday was a casino-themed one, so imagine lots of hijinx with oversized dice, and a roulette wheel where she won on every spin. Funny how that works…

But it was a ton of fun! Sunday we did brunch at Rizzo’s in South Main, which was awesome! They just opened the new location not too long ago, so they are still working out the kinks, but man, that was some excellent food and well worth the wait! I had the South Main Scramble: scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, potato hash and a siracha aioli sauce. It was amazing! The chef also brought us lobster pronto pups and a dessert featuring two slices of cake: chocolate with a chocolate-chipotle ganache, and a coconut cake that was to die for. We ate every single last bite of that whole plate!

I remain hopeful that my training gets back on track soon, so I could use some motivation!