Sunday, July 26, 2009

Attitude Adjustment

Week 12 round 2 went better than expected. Thursday I did wake early to hit up the treadmill but not early enough. Added to the unexpected stop 2 miles in to race up to the 3rd floor room I had to cut the room. Plus my zoning out treadmill skills were not working. The break helped, just not enough to motivate me through to the full 8. 6.25 miles instead. Eh it was something right?!?

This weekend ended up being an excellent running weekend despite my attitude. I've been in a serious need of an attitude adjustment especially related to my want and desire to train. The thought of taking one step started to annoy me. The work travel and being burned out with that has played a significant role in this attitude. Don't you just love when unhappy work thoughts seep into the rest of your life???

Saturday morning I had 14 miles planned. I woke up feeling exhausted and went back to sleep for a few more hours. By the time I rolled out of bed the thought of running repulsed me. I dug deep and convinced myself to run the 5 easy miles the schedule originally stated. 2 miles into the run out of nowhere I felt the shitty mood lift (literally!) and I started immensely enjoying my slow, easy speed on a gorgeous Saturday morning (nearly afternoon). I returned home a new woman :) Sunday morning found me having a repeat of Saturday morning. Around 9:15 am I pulled myself out of my comfy bed and started haphazardly preparing for the long run. I was concerned about going out so late but luckily not too much heat and humidity today! While warm it wasn't uncomfortable. Yea for cooperative summer weather! The first 3 miles I was very whatever about the whole run. After mile 3 someone hit the switch and I had a very enjoyable remaining 11 miles. Even the frustrating tourists around Navy Pier who walked 4 across not allowing anyone to pass easily couldn't make me upset for too long.

The first official week ended up well! 35 scheduled and I managed 34.25 miles. I hope they all can work out in my favor but am realistic that with my travel packed (for work and going back to Ohio for my dad) August they may not. I just need to continue to be flexible and do what I can!

14 comments:

Mark said...

That's a good attitiude! Balancing it all can be the greatest challenge sometimes. Great job getting the 34+ in this week!

D10 said...

It sometimes is hard to not let work feelings seep into your everyday life. Way to battle through.

MCM Mama said...

Hang in there! You are doing amazing at the training, considering everything you have going on!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

awesome job digging deep and finding your mojo. half a mile off the schedule is great!!

runner26 said...

nice job getting out there!! sometimes the first step is the hardest. hope this week goes well for you with all the travel, work, and training.

Marlene said...

Glad to hear you ended up having a couple of enjoyable runs on the weekend. Here's hoping the trend continues!

J said...

I love when running starts out not so much fun but then suddenly it is just awesome! keep up the great training!

Jeri said...

round too...haha I love it. Great job on the runs.

X-Country2 said...

Getting in mileage when you travel is such a challege. Good for your July totals, and best of luck in August.

Tara said...

Hey Jamie! Thanks for stopping by my blog...I agree beer after a long run is the BEST! Great job on the run. I always put off going out on a long run and then end up feeling amazing after it is done.
I see that you recently took a trip to Denver. I love it out here, hope you enjoyed it!

rodney said...

Nice run. I know getting in those miles during a hectic schedule can be difficult.

kilax said...

Fitting the training in is so hard, especially for you! I feel guilty taking so much time to run. I feel like I should be spending it with my husband. But it feels so good to get out there.

I hope August is a bit calmer for you. This last week of training turned out to be really good! :)

RunToFinish said...

way to go on just switching things up a bit rather than forgoing all together.

i think for me running is a great time to sort out work, but I have made a conscious effort to spend the time finding solutions or thinking about things I like, so I don't just ruminate on bad stuff

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