After my Frustration Of A Runner post and during a run yesterday I thought about this…Why do I run? This is what I came up with. Did you notice there isn’t anything to do with pace on the list? Sure, it would be great to run faster but it’s not why I love to run. I need to remember this.
Why do you run? Or bike? or Swim? What are your reasons?
Last weekend I went for a run on Saturday with Chad.
9 miles. Great weather. Dressed perfectly. Felt stronger than ever. I had my favorite Honey Stinger Chews.
I enjoyed my favorite snack later in the day.
A perfect day right? Then why was I so frustrated? A frustration that I’ve felt for the past week or so but couldn’t quite figure it out. Yesterday in Three Things Thursday I mentioned an overwhelming need to change something. Maybe my frustration is the reason. If something doesn’t feel right make a change. Fix it.
Then, yesterday morning while I was getting dressed for work I put it all together and I think I figured out the why!
It seems to come down to 2 things…
1. My pace. Why is it that I’m I feeling stronger than ever (like I could run forever) but that isn’t translating into a faster pace? I’m not much of a big picture kind of person. I love the details and sometimes get so caught up in the details I miss the big picture. I think the answer is having surgery 3 time last year translates into A LOT of time recovering. I looked at each surgery as individual periods of time. Now. Collectively, I see that’s a lot of time with no running. After the first surgery I never really had a chance to build and maintain a 25-30 miles/week base before the next one and I never got back to my PR times.
2. My training. I need a plan! It makes finding time to run so much easier in my sometimes crazy busy life and it’s comforting to know the day to day. A plan gives me direction and focus. That brings me to my second source of frustration. With 12 in 2012 and Ragnar Colorado in July this year is one of my most exciting ever for running. But, how in the world do I train? I haven’t been able to come up with a plan that feels right. A plan that is going to get me to my goals. The way I’ve trained in the past isn’t going to work.
So that’s it. My great epiphany yesterday (or maybe the day before) while putting on my mascara. So I think I’ve figured it out. Now what? The obvious answer. I need to come up with a plan
What do you do when you feel so incredibly frustrated but can’t figure out why? Do you feel like you need a plan to train for races?
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!
1. Do you ever feel the need for a change with no obvious reason as to why? Maybe just for the sake of change, just something different. It’s hard to explain but the feeling is clear.
2. Moving forward with Twelve In Twenty Twelve.
I’m registered for the Mercy Health Heart Mini Marathon in March
and I have my plane ticket and registration complete for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon in April. Ironically, Pensacola is where I was born and my family lives still lives there or close enough to make the weekend drive. They will get to see me run a race for the first time. Cool! I’m particularly excited for my brothers to be there to see me doing what they think is crazy
And 2 weeks after the Gulf Coast Half a second race in March will be the Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon. Plans to meet a blogging friend for this race.
I’m excited just thinking about accomplishing this goal
3. The frustrations of a runner. I’m still sorting my thoughts on this and trying to put it into words. It’s time for me to workout before getting ready for work so maybe this will be my Fitness Friday post.
I’m seeing a trend with #1 and #3. Sorting it all out and trying to put it into words.
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope.
Remember my Considering a Juice Fast blog post in January?
And I continued to just consider it…until now.
This weekend I watched a must see movie recommended by a friend, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you’ve ever even remotely considered a juice fast or partial fast watch this movie. If you’ve ever considered adding juicing into your diet watch this movie. If you’ve ever thought you needed to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet watch this movie. I pretty much think EVERYONE should watch this movie.
Can you tell this is something I feel strongly about
Are you just a little bit curious? Watch the trailer.
What did you think?
It’s time for me to stop just considering it. It’s time to stop planning. Stop putting it off until it’s the perfect time. Like Nike says, just do it.
And yes, I have a plan. For one week I’m going to juice one meal a day (probably lunch) on the days that I’m not running and strength training. That will be 4 days of replacing one meal a day with a juice. Week 2 I will see how I feel particularly with my energy level and either continue the same plan or increase the number of days. My pseudo target date to continue the one meal a day is until after my second half marathon in March. From there? Who knows?
- incorporate juicing into my diet in a way that supports running and P90X2
- ultimately I would like to be able to stop taking medication for hypothyroidism!!!
“The one thing I’m finding remarkable about people is they say, ‘oh, I couldn’t do that.’ Why aren’t they even giving it a try? I just don’t understand that. You know, if you get into a ten-day juice fast and then you quit at day seven, well good on you for trying! Not, ‘oh, you’re a failure’ – good on you for trying.” Joe Cross