Since returning from my Grand Tour of the Southwest 2012, I have been slowly but surely getting back into my routine. I was really eager to do so. Before I left, I was about two weeks post my first half marathon– although it feels forever ago now- and honestly wasn’t in a great fitness place. I just didn’t have that super strong desire or motivation. I don’t think it was necessarily not having a race to train for anymore, although I’m sure that was part of it. I think I was just in a mini-funk, along with having lots of other activities occupying my time.
My trip really reinvigorated my fitness motivation. Being out in nature can do that to a girl. I loved the endorphin rush I got from finishing a strenuous hike- ones that a couple of years ago would have been really difficult. I just felt so inspired to start training for a race again, to build on my strength training foundation, to expand my yoga horizons, and to try new activities.
So as I refocus on my fitness goals and routine, I have a new mantra: Push myself.
That was partly why I was in such a funk. My strength training was beyond stale, and I was using my hectic work schedule as a reason not to do it, or to only do quick easy exercises to fit it in. My runs just weren’t meshing. My sleep schedule was a bit off, so I was skipping yoga. The only thing I still got a kick out of was spinning. A class that is always different and uber challenging, each time. I needed to push myself.
So after easing back into my routine last week, I’ve really upped the ante this week, especially in the strength training department. My arms and quads appear to be the beneficiaries- so much so that I was too sore to run this morning and I opted to take a rest day to let my muscles breathe. But it also feels so good to feel sore again. It’s good to push myself! I’ll go into depth about what I’ve been doing and my plan of attack (for now) on this front tomorrow.
My one disappointment is that I have only run twice since getting back. A combination of freakish weather, several late nights and this week muscle soreness has prevented me from tackling the roads as much as I hope to. Tomorrow it’s supposed to pour again so I may still have to wait until Friday. But I do have some ideas in mind for this as well- which may include a Ragnar relay that a co-worker just spoke to me about literally a half hour ago!- and really hope to re-engage my running these next few days. I feel focused, motivated, and ready to push myself beyond my comfort zone!
I’m so glad to be back!