Monday, June 6, 2011

Monday Monday

Thank you for the words of encouragement after my downer post yesterday, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.  I know that nothing changes overnight and nothing worth doing is easy, so I just need to keep moving forward.  Julia, thanks for the book recommendation, it is one of the books I'm reading right now.  I'm only to the second chapter and agree that it is a little wonky but I'll stick with it to get to the good stuff. I'm just starting to dabble with mantras; I had one that got me through the 1/2 a few weeks ago.  I'd like to have more than one but haven't found others that fit the bill just yet.  If you are okay with it, I'd love to hear what mantras, power words, or other positive self-talk that you fab people use to get through a run.

I went for a run during work today, 4 miles in 36:08.  No pics again, my apologies! Having looked at the evil forecast for the week, today looks like the only day I will be able to run outside.  Le sigh.  I hate the treadmill.  I always go so much slower and it seems to take forever before I finish the first mile, much less any subsequent miles.  I know I should just be grateful that I can run at all, that I have options for inclement weather, etc etc.  At the end of the day, I know how lucky I am.  I get caught up in remembering how easy running used to feel and the joy that I got from doing it.  I haven't felt like that in a while and I miss it.  I just need to figure out how to get back there.  I don't want to dread my runs anymore.  I don't want to spend the entire week in fear of my long runs on Saturday.  I'm counting on marathon training to be an important and positive experience in my life, not something I cry over on a regular basis.  I'm glad I have fellow bloggers out there who've shared similar experiences and came out the other side better for it.

As always, thanks for listening to me ramble on.  I'll snap out of this soon, I promise. I hope your Monday has been a good one.  Are you working out or resting up from the weekend? Anything in particular that you are looking forward to this week?


  1. heyyy! glad you can relate on the book. I really felt like it got better after the first 3-4 chapters so I hope that happens for you as well!

    I agree about the TM ....totally not my fave. I usually have to do my speed work on the TM so that I am "mixing" it up some...otherwise I am BORED. But for me the first mile goes by quick and then I feel like I will never be finished! haha!

    Some mantras I use: I always include the word strength/strong or confident. Like "hills make me stronger." I always really try to channel those 2 words to help me truly believe in myself. It does not always work but I have been using them long enough that it seems to be getting better :)

    hang in there! we all go through blah times but makes the good times that much better!

  2. Awesome workout girl! I know the treadmill can be discouraging but just think about how empowering you feel after finishing a hard treadmill run. Call me crazy but I love that feeling of dripping with sweat and knowing I worked my butt off.

    Favorite mantras are "pain is temporary, quitting is forever." "screw it, run through it." My sister ran her first 5k a few months back with minimal training and throughout the run I kept reminding her "this is only 30 minutes of your life, you can do anything for 30 minutes." I always think about how great it will be to finish and seeing people waiting for me at the finish line.

    I hope this helps. Remember to stay positive, because negativity never helps. Celebrate every small accomplishment!