It's been a rough stretch for me, folks, hence my recent blogosphere disappearance. I'll talk more about that in a moment. First, I'm linking up with HoHo and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap.
Week of July 4 - 10
MONDAY - Run 1 mile on treadmill, 30 minutes of strength training
TUESDAY - Run 3 miles on treadmill
WEDNESDAY - Cardio kickboxing class
THURSDAY - Yoga class
FRIDAY - 10 minutes stationary bicycling, 30 minutes of strength training
SATURDAY - Rest
SUNDAY - Rest
Week of July 11 - 17
MONDAY - 10 minutes stationary bicycling, 40 minutes of strength trainingTUESDAY - Yoga video
WEDNESDAY - Zumba class
THURSDAY - Run 3 miles on treadmill, 20 minutes of strength training
FRIDAY - Yoga class
SATURDAY - Rock N Roll Chicago 5K
SUNDAY - Rock N Roll Chicago Half Marathon
Full recap of the two Rock N Roll Chicago races to come. In the meantime, here is the weekend's haul:
|The Rock N Roll race series continues to provide terrific medals.|
In general, I always try to stay positive, both on the blog and in person. At the same time, I want to keep things real. I was inspired by Marcia's post from awhile back where she shared some heartfelt truths. Here is my spin.
The truth is... I've been under the weather for the last five days. It's rare for me to get sick, and the times when I'm not 100% I usually bounce back fairly quickly. This time the bug has been stubborn. On top of a stuffy, runny nose and hacking cough, I've had a near-constant headache which migrates to different parts of my skull depending on the day. My head hurts even more when I blow my nose or cough, and I have a rash under my nose from so much Kleenex usage. I'm trying not to let the symptoms mar my days, but it hasn't been easy. Wah, wah, wah.
The truth is... I'm growing increasingly frustrated with my diet. I mentioned how I started using MyFitnessPal.com several weeks ago to track my food intake, and how rude of an awakening it was. I've worked to reduce my sugar consumption, increase my vegetable intake, and become much more conscious of portion sizes and unnecessary snacking. Unfortunately, the scale refuses to budge. In fact, despite all my efforts, it's still even showing trends of upward mobility. It's really discouraging.
shooting incident in St. Joseph, Michigan last week. Adam and I got married just a few blocks away from where the shooting occurred. Southwest Michigan is one of the most peaceful places I've ever been, so this incident was very tough to swallow. I don't know why I even bother watching the news anymore these days.
The truth is... I've been feeling extremely ambivalent about running yet again. I have no motivation to train and zero desire to set or work towards any goals. It's to the point where I've contemplated hanging up my running shoes altogether. At the very least, I'd like to take a real break from running - at minimum, two or three months. Simultaneously, I don't want to lose my conditioning entirely - especially since I still have a couple more races on the calendar to prepare for this year. But man, oh, man, I was so incredibly happy to finish yesterday's half marathon. Not because of the accomplishment, but because now I can take at least a little bit of time off from running.
I'm more fun than a barrel of monkeys today, aren't I? How about three barrels?