I’ll let you know right off the bat, I only have one picture for this post.
Now that we got that out of the way, I want to let you guys know I have experienced a significant amount of emotions since the marathon. I was on a serious runners high from accomplishing my goal of running the “almighty SUB-4.” I even ran the Brooklyn Half one week afterwards. But I wanted to give my body a break, because I beat the shit out of it during training for a few months. So I have been overindulging in beer and fudgsicles and margaritas. I’ve put on some weight and I just feel like crap. I got excited when Runner’s World came out with the Run Streak. I said to myself, “YES, this is EXACTLY what you need to get back on track!” Lucky for me, I ran a 5k on Memorial Day to start it off. Then I forced one mile each of the days after solely because of the streak. HOWEVER, running everyday is exactly opposite of what I know is good for me as a runner. I followed a training plan for the NJ Marathon where I only ran 3 days a week (mainly to avoid injury), and it worked. SO, I quit the streak 4 days after I started it, and I am very happy I did.
Unfortunately, I am still unhappy with where I am at fitness wise. I am in a funk and I feel out of shape. When I decided to take a break, I told myself I wouldn’t start running again until I wanted to and felt I had to. I think its time. Although NYC Marathon training doesn’t officially start until July, I am going to start early for my sanity. Running has become part of who I am and it makes me happy. I plan on setting a new time goal for the NYC Marathon. I love training. I put in the effort needed. I push my body and I learn I can do things I never thought were possible. CANNOT WAIT TO GET THAT FEELING BACK! Plus, I want to get faster this time around.
Ok enough bitching from me. What else is new? I also started Kara’s Core Challenge, which I will not be giving up on. The challenge officially began on Memorial Day, but I had to buy a stability ball so I started a few days late. So far I learned a few things:
- It is really hard to work out around my dogs.
- I’m awful at side planks, I shake.
- I cannot do a V-up with straight legs. Everyone at the gym was staring at me like I was an injured animal trying to move around.
- I’m so sore. All the time.
I love this challenge. I want a strong core and I know these exercises will help. Even when the challenge is over I will continue to do them. Take a look at the link to her site and join the challenge, or even just look at the exercises if you want some new ideas for a workout! I will take pictures at the gym from now on for documentation. I will ask people at them gym to take pictures of me doing them if I don’t have a free hand (I don’t get embarrassed by this so no worries!)
Has anyone else ever experienced this type of running funk? How did you get out of it?
Who is doing the Runner’s World Challenge? How is it going? What is your plan for running every day?
Does anyone have great core exercises they can recommend?