When I ran the 50k, on New Year's Eve, no less, somewhere in the middle I decided to take 2 full weeks off from running. I had a half marathon scheduled for January 21. Thought, eh, it's just a half, no big deal. Apparently, my sanity was left somewhere on the 50k course.... Fortunately, severe weather postponed the race until February. However, that meant a 5k, 10k, and half on 3 consecutive Saturdays. My
*mile 11 at the Grand Teton Half*
This week I have a complete breakdown, of sorts, for me anyway. I decided to give it all up, gain lots of weight, spend all my time on the couch, eat whatever I craved. This was my perception of "everyone" else. So I began my mornings with donuts and fried pies, coffee, soda. Then by 11am yesterday, I was sick. Icky, yucky sick. Plan going well, right?!?! I didn't wear my fitbit yesterday either, oh the freedom I felt! I sat down at work! A true rarity. I work in daycare, with 2 year olds, I rarely sit. I just needed a break!
I began training hard last June. All summer long, in heat, humidity, sweat, and bugs. I never lost focus and made it to marathon #1 painfree! 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, TN. Was amazing, had a great race, took 31 minutes off my previous marathon time. Then, well, something happened. Was it the track speed work, which I had not done to this point? Did I not give myself a proper recovery time, both physical and mental? Whatever it was, I began marathon #2 eight weeks later in pain and not happy. Granted it was really cold, but that should have helped. I gained back 15 minutes of time, but still came in before the cutoff time. Three weeks later, yep, just 3 weeks later, I ran the 50k. I was nervous, but excited. I taped my hip, IT band, and calf, and wore a icy/hot patch on my back. 7 hours and 50 minutes later, I was an ultra marathoner.
I am not running at the moment. Not wearing anything related to running. I did wear my fitbit today. But I have no idea how many steps I have taken, and I do not care. I did go in and adjust my step goal, to something reasonable and achievable. I have a race in 10 days. But, I am going to have fun, and not stress about times, steps, or anything, just enjoy the beautiful course. Went back to drinking water today, feels better than soda. I am a runner, yes, but I am also a wife, mom, gaga, friend and woman. I enjoy other things besides running, so I think I shall partake in some of them for a bit.
Be still (haha) and know that I am God