I know I’m neglecting this blog. But I have great reasons! Big things happening I’m going to announce tomorrow, and running is involved in all of that, so stay tuned…
It’s been another frustrating week in the running and fitness department, though. I’m still slogging away a lot of ‘junk miles’ because I’m not cleared medically to do any kind of real training yet. My hip seems to be slow and stubborn in responding to treatment. I have to bag my first race ever and bow out of this weekend’s F3 Half Marathon because I haven’t been able to fit in a decent long run, and the road conditions are supposed to be whack. Better sit this one out. I should be good to go by Lucky 7 and the Shamrock Shuffle.
Speaking of the Shamrock Shuffle…my stupid mug in on that commercial this year? WHY. I was laying in bed watching the news last week, and it came on NBC5 here in Chicago, and I was like, “Hahaha, look at that chick mouth breathing…oh wait…THAT’S ME.” Another one for the highlight reel, I guess.
As the stars start to align for me professionally, I have been having a lot of personal epiphanies, and had another on the treadmill yesterday. My runs have been amazing lately. Usually I would be writing about how much I hate winter and how I am dying a slow, painful treadmill death, but yesterday it dawned on me that the treadmill is truly my think tank. It’s really the only place where you can crank the music and just ZONE for however long you are on there. I get a lot of thinking done on that stank treadmill, and I never realized how much it helps me until yesterday.
No WONDER I got through the flood and losing my house to it…I trained on the hotel treadmill for six weeks.
It’s funny because as I climbed on the treadmill yesterday, I was full of dread and wondering how in the world I was going to get this five mile tempo run done. I have only run outside four times since Christmas because of the weather. I only ran on the treadmill four times last winter…
But I climbed on the treadmill, and cranked the tunes. Things started clicking, brain started clicking, creative thoughts were happening, I realized what a great tool this was for me, and that 5 miles happened easy peasy…and FAST. I’ve lost 7lbs since the new year started and it’s helping a lot too. Less stress on my hip and it just makes things easier over all. Not that I needed to lose any weight, but I am tall and very muscle bulky, so it was more about being leaner.
Have you had any epiphanies on your journey yet? Any realizations happening as you tick off the miles? We’re about to hit 100 miles in the next week or so. You’ve already come such a long way.