Fitness Friday: A week of not marathon training

September 19th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Workout Wrap Up

Saturday: 6 miles

Sunday: Rest

Monday: 8 miles

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 5k + Jillian Michales Ripped in 30

Thursday: F.I.T. by Tracey Mallet

Friday: 6 miles

When I started running just over two years ago I went from never running in my life, to RUN ALL THE RACES. I couldn’t imagine how I stayed fit and active before I started running, but I always did. I hiked, walked, and did workout DVD’s at home 4-5x a week. About a year ago I started wondering if I’d ever wake up one day and just hate running.

I think that’s kind of happened. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t hate it per say, but I just don’t have the passion to do it as much as I used to. I blame 50% of it on the weather. It’s still in the 90’s here and I slept through two runs this week. Just didn’t have ’em in me. I knew the second I’d walk outside I’d get hit in the face with high humidity and every single run has been such a struggle for me lately. It’s just not fun anymore. Even with slowing my pace way down and taking lots of walk breaks the weather is making me miserable. So, I’m undecided on what I want to do for the Pensacola Marathon. I could try to get back onto the Hanson plan next week, or I could just give it up and run the half for fun. Hell, I could just run the full for fun still and I really want to as it was supposed to be Travis’s first marathon and our first marathon together. I think I’ll see how I feel in a few weeks and then decide how to register.

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The highlight of my run Tuesday was harassing these birds. 2014-09-17 06.38.54

My life changed this week when I found out the entire Gilmore Girls series is going to be released on Netflix October 1st. To prepare I’ve been watching season 1 that I own on DVD so I can hop straight into season 2 goodness in two weeks!

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I attempted to eat a bit healthier this week and load up on veggies. It’s easier to do now that I’m not craving ALL THE CARBS from running 40-50 miles this week. I made some of my favorite cabbage salad and thought I’d have it for lunch the rest of the week. I ate it all in two days. 2014-09-16 14.28.39

The purse I got for $8 at walmart 3 years ago finally died this week. RIP. It ended up costing me .05 cents a week. I’d say that’s money well spent. I’ve looked at like a dozen places for a new purse but haven’t been able to find anything I like. I think the main reason why I rarely buy new clothes, shoes or purses (aside from not wanting to spend $$) is that it takes me foreverrrr to find something I like. Yet all of my wardrobe is so plain. The irony.2014-09-16 16.07.01Mom came out to hang out with me a bit Wednesday morning before class. We did some shopping and had lunch at Roly Poly. I’m obsessed with this salad! I was telling Mom I could get the same ingredients to make it myself at home but it’s always so much better getting it from them. 2014-09-17 11.14.20I took a little field trip out to Big Lagoon State Park on Wednesday afternoon. I needed to get out and enjoy some fresh air. 2014-09-17 15.36.56I came home after class one day to find Salem like this. Such a boss.2014-09-18 09.47.48

I’ll be heading up to Alabama this weekend. The low’s are in the mid 60’s so I’m hoping I may be able to enjoy a few runs while I’m up there. Salem’s becoming quite the little pro at traveling!

Finally – thank you all so much for your comments on my engagement! I will try to reply to as many as I can (and anyone who asked me a question) this weekend. Travis and I both enjoyed reading all of them and I’m looking forward to sharing this adventure with you!

What are you up to this weekend?
Any ideas for how to get rid of ants? They are pouring in through the outlets/faucets in my kitchen and bathroom!

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20 Responses

  • Rach says:

    would you ever consider training inside on a treadmill (if that is an option?) I know it’s not the same but at least you’d be covering some miles and not having to deal with the weather? I am also sort of asking this selfishly as I have been becoming more of a runner and my sister runs loads (she’s running her 2nd marathon and already completed 2 half-marathons) and I would love run myself but am quite intimidated of running with so many people and running outside actually gives me the fear!

    • Erica House says:

      The few times I’ve run on a treadmill I always get sooo dizzy! I know a lot of people who do their training runs on a treadmill though so I think it’s perfectly fine, just not something I can do (but I wish I could on these nasty hot days!)

  • Sounds like you definitely need a break!! Overtraining is more than just physical – it’s mental too. When you’ve lost your zest for running and start to dread it, you’re overtrained. I’ve been there and back. I finally learned that high mileage just isn’t for me. My sweet spot is about 25 miles per week max. As long as I get one long run in per week, the total number of miles per week doesn’t matter as much for my training.

    • Erica House says:

      You’ve had success training for a full on 25 miles a week? I did my 2nd full on about 30 miles a week and may roll back to that in October. I just hear all the ‘you have to make one weekday run 1/2 the length of your LR’ claims that I start to get worried I’m getting too ‘top heavy’ with short weekday runs and one LR.

  • I have had the exact same issues this week. I have been feeling really crappy and I have had some ongoing stomach issues which have just tired me out this week. I was very unmotivated to run all week so I have decided to take a few days off and do some yoga and low impact exercise until I get back to myself. I know that after a week or so I will be itching to get back on the road. I bet you will too!! Sometimes a rest is exactly what we all need..

  • SuzLyfe says:

    I know quite a few people who are currently hitting their limits with marathon training. My little hamstring tug that made me take a week off and miss Zooma was actually one of the best things possible for me. I think that I am going to do the same thing next week after my last long run before the marathon. That will be more for my leg’s sake, but everyone will benefit!

    • Erica House says:

      As a blogger I find it hard to not compare myself to other women running 50+ miles a week with zero issues. I just have to keep telling myself ‘my body is not their body’ and I can’t ignore it when it’s screammming at me to chill out! Hope your hamstring is feeling loads better!

  • Omg I’ve found Punkin in a very similar pose before. It’s like a buddha kitty! haha

  • Jenny says:

    You know I hate running! Why did I sign up for this half in October???? Remind me. :)

  • LJHPhoto says:

    I completely relate to your issues with running- I trained the first part of the year to do a half in May, and then signed up to do another half this November. When it came time to do the training, I was kind of burned out being so scheduled- I work full time, freelance a little, and I want some time to spend with my husband and family and friends, and having to cram all that training into my already crammed schedule was not working! Plus, it’s pretty hot here in KY during the summer too- that’s no fun. So I decided to give up training and just do the half for fun. I’ll probably walk a lot of it, instead of running, but I decided not to care about that. It’s still exercise! Good luck with your workouts- I’m sure you’ll find something that works!

    • Erica House says:

      I think I’m going to adopt a similar mentality. If I do the full it will just be for fun as a walk/run/hangout method. I literally don’t have the energy to stress over it anymore!

  • When running feels like work, it’s HARD to have the same passion for it that we started with. I wrote a post a few months ago about being over the honeymoon phase with running but making a real commitment to it, like as in marriage. Any long term relationship doesn’t always come easy, and running (and actual marriage) are great examples :)

    • Erica House says:

      That is a great metaphor! I’m not ready to divorce running just yet so I guess I need to find a way to reignite my passion for it :)

  • I have to say, I’m glad you decided to give your body a break this week. There were a few times when I was running Hanson’s that I walked outside and the thought of running made me want to cry. Running without a watch helped and giving myself permission to quit at a certain point (I rarely did) also took some of the pressure off things.

    • Erica House says:

      Yep – there were a few mornings I felt like crying when I thought of running. It was just such a shock as the first 9/10 weeks I was doing so well on the plan and then BOOM. Couldn’t take another run.

  • Michele says:

    Are they the small black ants like you would see outside? If they are, I think you might need a professional. I had them in my house and I had to have the whole outside of the house sprayed heavily and some kind of dust put in the attic. They were coming in my outlets and even chewing on the electrical wires in the outlets. Also, if there are any palm trees or other tree branches touching your house, they should be trimmed so they don’t touch the house. Good luck! They can be a real pain to get rid of.

    • Erica House says:

      Ugh – they are. I’m at Travis’s this weekend and I’m having nightmares of going back to my house and seeing them *everywhere*. The landlord keeps sending her maintenance guy over to spray but if it doesn’t get better soon I’m going to ask for a professional to come in.