The world is ending. I have my second Tough Mudder this Saturday. Kill me now and PLEASE put me out of my misery. I have been “running” a little the last week or so. 4 miles today, < 3 miles yesterday, soccer thursday, and a 4 mile run sometime before last thursday. They were all horrible. I used to be able to run a 5k in sub 25 minutes… today’s 5k time rang in at… dun dun dunnnnn 27:39 : (
I admittedly have not been running much because I am a total wuss and can not handle the heat or humidity to save my life. I am actually convinced that I handle heat worse than the average Jane. I get hot flashes periodically at work and have a fan to counter act said events. When I step outside in this humidity I feel as though I am surrounded by a wet blanket (thank you CC for that phrase) and that my internal temperature shoots up to about 700 degrees. My breathing is labored and my limbs feel like they belong to a 1200 pound elephant. I used to be able to easy peasy run a 8:20 – 8:45 pace no matter the distance! (My half marathon was a 8:45 average!!) My lazy days were a 9:20 pace, yet today, and every run for the past week it has been a struggle and a half to keep it under a 10 min pace. Now I am not knocking on any one who runs at any of these paces that I’m complaining about but for me it means a decline in my running ability.
Oh another fun side effect of not running… weight gain!! I was looking back and some time in June I posted all excited about breaking a plateau… not so much any more! I have gained a lovely 10lbs in the last 2.5 months. BIG sad face on that one. So no more eating out and back to running. The temperatures should chill out a little in the near future so there is hope! Until then I will keep cross fitting / weight lifting over lunch at work, running on Saturday’s to yoga, soccer once a week, and sneaking in a few more runs during the week before work.
So hopping on the scale set me back on track, eating habits should reflect the amount that you are exerting from exercise. My exercise went down and my eating should have as well : ) I’m not concerned about nixing the weight but it is a wee bit obnoxious. I don’t feel as comfortable in my own skin and to me that is a bigger indicator than a scale. So the game plan is to get those clothes loose again and to be able to start wearing the new stuff I bought in smaller sizes. Hey you need to buy what you want to be able to wear right? I was damn close too!
Have you had a wake up call before? A time when you realized you couldn’t pretend that things were changing? What did you do to get back on track?