Almost two weeks ago, I ran my first half-marathon and I think I'm finally coming off that high and through the recovery week. That's a good thing, though! I moved from the mindset that I might not finish to I totally did it. From there it evolved into 'holy shit, my legs are broken' to I'm SO ready to do that again.
AND that's exactly where I'm at. In the couple of weeks prior to the half I like I'd hit a wall with running. I just wasn't motivated even though I knew I had a big race coming up and it seems like all my runs after my vacation were a chore...and they HURT. The thing is, I really think this was all in my head. I was scared about failing myself on the half that I kind of just accepted that I would, and from the mind throughout my body the shitty mentality radiated. I can't believe I let my fear get the best of me.
Lo and behold, I finished. I finished WAY faster then I expected, too. At the finish line, my physical effort went inward and almost instantly changed my way of thinking. It was, I CAN DO THIS. I've done it.
I'm more psyched about doing my second half (Disney Princess Half in FL) then ever. I finally got around to booking my tickets and hotel for myself and my friend Mel. I don't know if I'll PR--but I don't care, honestly. I just know I can do it, and I'm psyched to do it again.
The recovery? I was surprised how sore I was for the next few days. I felt like I couldn't walk correctly. The worst thing--trying to sit on the can. It's at the height that just makes the quads engage, and it hurt so bad the first couple days I had to just kind of fall on the toilet to sit down without a ton of pain. Getting up was a whole 'nother story. But, it must be like having a kid (at least so I've heard). The pain is great, but you're quick to forget it in favor of doing it all over again. Totally where my head is at right now. Finally went for a run 4 days after the half (almost 4 miles), then 5+ miles the next day, and then 3+ the following Sunday. Rest, rest and then back to the grind on Wednesday--
That being said, do you know what kind of run I did mid-week!? My first long run since the half yesterday--10 miles! How about them apples, eh? That half (and the bling that came along with it!) really renewed my lust for running, and I find myself really jonesin' for it again. I'm so glad I broke through that wall.
Really makes me feel like I could train for a full marathon! But, I really have to see where I'm at after this half, and then the 10 miler in April.
The other hang-up?
The thing is we really want to have a kiddo soon, and I just would hate to get halfway through marathon training and then have to bail due to a bun in the oven. Thoughts on this? I've been tossing this back and forth for a while now. I know there are women that run marathons full-on preggers, but if this was my first marathon, I just don't know how that would fly with the ever increasing mileage of training. Hmm...I honestly am at a loss here.
Anyways, this is just a whole load of ramblings that I felt like getting down somewhere...
Oh! I started my new job! Listen to this....it's exactly what I needed. Seriously, I have not felt so welcome to a new position in....well, ever. Everyone is so helpful and supportive--and there's zero drama. It's so nice to be in an environment like this. Yes, it's still a job. But I don't dread going into work, and for the first time in a while I've been able to talk and laugh with co-workers. Plus, almost everyone is pretty active--there's a fellow runner whose been running for a while--marathons, halfs, everything! (very cool), an avid swimmer, yogis, rock climbers, cross-fitters--what a solid group, and hard to lose focus with all these hardcore chicks :) Quality of life has definitely ALREADY increased in the past week and a half I've been there.
Here in Austin, life is pretty good, lately--but a serious heads up, winter-time no matter where you are can really take a toll on your health. Make sure you're taking Vitamin D! With the lack of sun in a lot of regions this time of year, your Vitamin D can take a hit. I very much think it's worth getting a lab test done for. My husband and I both recently had ours--Trev's was at 18. Mine was 30. Optimal is 30-100. And we're in TEXAS. AND I'M CONSTANTLY RUNNING OUTSIDE IN THE SUN and I'm borderline.
|The keyboard is a great substitute pillow.|
I'm not trying to sell you all anything, I just genuinely think this is something a lot of folks "poo-poo" without really realizing the toll it can take on your body. If you're dragging along, go get this checked out--it might be as easy as getting more sun, eating foods containing high levels of Vitamin D, or even popping a natural supplement.
|The sun will return, my friends!|
Anyways, that's my educated brain fart for today--Vitamin D! Woo! Questions? Go ahead and send 'em over. Again, I'm no doctor, but I've certainly done the research. :)
That all being said, this was a complete clusterfuck of a post and I apologize. Just wanted to mentally vomit words to a page.
Goodnight friends, and as always--
Go Fork Yourselves,