Phew, what a week it has been! In between packing up to move and packing up and getting crap done at work for my work trip to Dallas this Sunday, life has been crazy! I’m in Dallas from Sunday to Wednesday, and then have my best friend’s Bachelorette weekend Saturday-Sunday, so I will do my best to pop in and get posts scheduled for the week, but if I only get 2-3 posts up next week, now you know why!
Anyways, in listening to my gut, taking your advice and talking to my girls, I decided that running the half marathon just isn’t for me. We are all different and our bodies can handle different things. For some, a 5k is their perfect distance, while others can kill a half or full marathon. For me, I believe that the 10k is my distance. I don’t want to get to the point where I “hate” running. I still love it, and I don’t want that to change. A lot of your comments on Tuesday’s post reiterated just that… that you stopped enjoying running after struggling through the training and race. Other great comments stated that working out should be fun and make us happy. Yes, yes, yes!!
I love working out and I always do it for me; never for anybody else. Okay, maybe I stay a little longer on the treadmill for that super cute guy, but really, we should only be working out to make ourselves happy and to feel good. And that’s what I plan on doing! I’m shifting my focus to my vacation to the Bahamas in September, and after talking to my coach, we are going to use the next 9 weeks as prep for that! I will be lifting 4-5 days a week with four 20 minute HIIT sessions and one 30 minute steady-state cardio workout. I’ll use the HIIT on days that I lift, steady-state will be a lovely little fun run outside on the weekend… or something along those lines. My HIIT workouts won’t always be running. I’ll probably do 2 HIIT runs a week and incorporate other types of cardio for the other 2 days. I’m just really excited to see what I can accomplish! 🙂
Anyways, in case you need guidance on working out or whether or not you should continue with a training plan, here are some great comments from you guys:
- I trained for a half, and that’s probably the last time I was “in” to running.
- Running is supposed to be fun…do what is fun for YOU. That’s what I would do!
- Halfs aren’t for everyone girl.
- I don’t think that we should hate or dread our workouts. Yes, being intimidated occasionally is ok but I think that there should be joy in movement, not misery.
- So I thought I would share with you my Half Marathon thoughts…. I hated training for it… I didn’t enjoy running anymore, it felt like a part-time job rather than doing something that I loved…. Not to mention after I started running 8+ miles I started getting really sick after and was useless the rest of the day. Stop training if you are feeling that way… Its so not worth it. <– I get sick too!
- If it’s not making you happy, don’t do it. I think there are SO many ways to find your ideal fit, there’s just no reason to feel obligated to run a half just because it’s currently the socially accepted “thing” among the fitness community.
So basically DO YOU. Do what makes you happy. Don’t keep up with training or anything in life just because you think society or the fitness community thinks you should. It’s your life; hopefully you are an adult and can make the decision for you and only you. I’m so glad that I kicked my stubbornness to the curb and decided to forgo this half marathon.
I’ve completed 3 workouts with my coach on the new 9 week prep plan. Yesterday I did my strength workout first and HIIT last. Holy crud! I always do my cardio first mostly because my body can run better before I do weights, but on this specific morning I just wanted to test the other way out. What I did enjoy was lifting weights without being a sweaty mess! I did chest/shoulders and just a little bit of legs. I did my legs after my HIIT, but I was so exhausted and sore that I couldn’t get my leg out of the strap for hamstring cable kick-backs, so I stopped after 2 sets. I wanted to cry from being stuck and being too sore to get my foot out. Haha it was a scene!
The HIIT was hard guys! The first 5 minutes were cake. I was so happy. And then I was getting tired. I usually do 15 minutes of HIIT, and let me tell you something, the additional 5 minutes are hard, but, I powered through and felt absolutely amazing after the workout!
A few random things. This bar is probably THE best protein bar that I have ever had.
My supplement hoarding is strong. While I’m in Dallas I’ll use that time away to stop using pre-workout, that way once I’m back it will be more effective and give me a stronger push.
And lastly, I am officially on a dating sabbatical. I just cannot even deal with the weedy crop of guys in this area. Time to focus on myself until the end of September when all of my trips are over.
How should I spend my free time that won’t be wasted on dating, aside from hanging with my girls?
What is your favorite protein bar?