Sunday, December 20, 2015


My motivation has taken a beating lately. I'd been making good progress on my walk/run training. Then I quit. I also started back eating junk food snacks, mostly because of poor food planning at work. I'm not sure what happened.

In the end, it may not even matter why I fell off the wagon, just that I get back on it. There's a month left before my race. Any additional training will help me get ready and will definitely help boost my health and strength.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Talking To Myself

Photo: Yahoo
The biggest struggle I have in getting to the gym is me. I make excuses why I can't and talk myself out of going. I imagine that other people in the gym will think I'm too out of shape to be there and will silently mock me.  Realistically, I know that they're unlikely to think about me at all and even if they did think poorly of me, it wouldn't mean I couldn't or shouldn't go anyway.  But I debate whether or not I should go and frequently this debate takes enough time that I no longer really have time to get to the gym before work.  And some days I just delay getting out of bed and miss the window.

The talking myself out of working out stuff follows a cycle and I'm not sure what causes its ebb and flow.  I can go for months where there is little that gets in the way of my working out. And then somehow I get off the habit and have trouble getting re-started.  The more I struggled to get back into it, the less likely I am to get back into the habit.  Oddly, when I quit trying to make myself go and even tell myself that I'm not going, I find myself putting on my shoes and heading out the door.

With that said, I know what's likely underlying the most recent bout of struggling to get to the gym.  Having moved to a new city and a new job a couple months ago, I'm still working at establishing new daily life routines and to get my stuff unpacked. I'm not making much headway on either front lately. The job can be overwhelming and most of the time coming home to face piles of boxes and packing paper is also overwhelming, so I end up sitting in my comfy chair to eat dinner and then knit or read for a few hours before it is time to get ready for the next day and for bed.  It seems like the evening time passes by in a flash--as soon as I sit down to eat and read, suddenly it is bed time.

But I have been able to get to the gym on weekends and I've been pretty consistent about it. I know I'm not making significant progress training for my upcoming race, but I am confident that it's better than no training at all.  Now I just need to build in a couple extra days during the week and I'll get there. Every workout I get in is better than no workout at all.

In the meantime, I'll keep re-directing my thought process toward more productive patterns than what others at the gym may or may not be thinking about me.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Slow progress

I'm still trying to figure out my daily routine in my new city. I'm not regularly getting up early enough to hit the treadmill in the morning. I have started taking walks at work to help sharpen my brain.  Today though I spent half an hour on the treadmill.  My intention is to put in a couple weeks of 3-5 days a week to start building the routine and the stamina up, then start in on Galloway's half marathon program. I won't get all the way through it before race day, but I'll be a heck of a lot better off than if I just winged it myself and I need the structure to keep me on target.

However, I did get myself some new shoes. I have some lovely Brooks Adrenaline GTs again. I went a half-size up over the previous pair. The smaller size was marginally too short in the toebox. By comparison, these feel huge, but objectively are closer to the size they should be. We'll see if I keep my toenails after long training sessions.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Three Months to Go

In approximately three months, I'll participate in the 2nd Disneyland StarWars half marathon.  Three months after that, I'll participate in the inaugural Walt Disney World StarWars half marathon. 

So far I haven't been very consistent in hitting the treadmill. Moving cross country and getting settled into a new job and new residence have left me struggling to establish a good routine that involves training. Now that the calendar is edging closer and closer to race day, I simply need to prioritize training and shift the other stuff that has been getting in the way to a lower rank. It's all about priorities and doing FIRST what you deem is most important.  I can't do everything I want to do, but I sure as heck can do what I think is the most important.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Here's a bit of inspiration

I have a new role model! An 80 year old woman recently set a new national half marathon record. She's not quite twice my age and an hour faster. She only started running nine years ago, but had been a race walker for several decades. She credits exercise with helping her deal with her husband's chronic illness and death.

Photo by MarathonFoto
As for my training plans, work has again been getting in the way. Marathon days at work have left me exhausted in the morning and oversleeping. The lack of exercise and, frankly, lack of anything outside of work is having a marked impact on my energy levels and attitude.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

May The Course Be With You

The inaugural Star Wars half marathon was incredibly fun. I felt quite a bit better prepared than past races, having actually continued going to the gym in the last couple weeks leading up to the race, instead of letting other things get in the way. I shaved over 20 minutes off my last half marathon time, logging 3:16:34. While I was very sore the remainder of race day and suspected I had injured my left foot, within three days, the pain and stiffness had all resolved. I was very pleased about that as it makes it a whole lot easier to get back into the gym and keep going with regular workouts.

As with all Disney races, there were costumes galore.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Starting Out

Although I've been a regular presence at my local gym for several years, I've decided that it's time to be more focused and dedicated to my workouts.  I haven't seen the results that I've wanted, largely due to being unwilling to dramatically alter my eating habits and due to stints where I avoid the gym. It's time for this to change. 

On Sunday January 18th, I'll participate in the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland.  Fortunately the pacing will allow me to walk most, if not all, of the race and still earn a finisher's medal. I'm not fit enough to run most of it.  I had a bad patch in the past six months where I pretty thoroughly lost my motivation to boost my cardio fitness and only periodically made it to the gym at all. But I know I can walk my way through the whole thing, so I will.