Monday, June 2, 2008

Totally un-motivated

I haven't been posting much about my training (or lack of!) because I am not really set on what I am training for. I have several small races on the agenda for this summer, but those aren't exactly worthy of some big training agenda. So each morning when I head out to run, I really just run as far as I feel like it, instead of as far as a training plan would tell me I need to. That isn't exactly the most motivating way to do things. And then when I am out running and start contemplating running a full marathon, I feel like there is NO way under the heavens I can do that. Lately just those five miles have been killers on some days. The LONG training runs that I know I will have to endure in order to run 26.2 miles are very overwhelming to me right now. I don't think running a 20 miler in the heat of August sounds very appealing at all! Just running a 20 miler in ANY weather doesn't sound appealing at ALL! Maybe I just need to keep my focus on the half marathon that is in August. I think I'm going to do for sure. I guess I just need to get registered and then it will be a for sure thing and I can focus on training for it. I have been doing cross training (weights) at the gym and attending a Zumba class (mostly for fun!), but as far as my running goes, I haven't run farther than five or six miles since the half marathon. I am also getting a little discouraged because my knees are starting to act up on me. They haven't really bothered me much considering how much I run, but lately I have been feeling both of them while on my run and then after. That is pretty discouraging because I have bad knees, but have been so fortunate they have held up so well this entire year. I keep wondering if it has anything to do with my new shoes. That is about when it all started. You would think it would have been before with my old shoes that had so many miles on them. The thing that is discouraging me the most is that now the weather is so warm (actually hot) and I am just not feeling the urge to run. I've waited for this warmth for months! Life has been very busy, and I have been able to squeeze in something each day, even if it's just a power walk, but I am feeling like a slacker once again. This is not the kind of post I like to write and I wasn't even going to post it, but decided it would be good for me to be able to go back and see how I was feeling once I am feeling motivated again! Hopefully anyway!

I have been fighting strep throat, but this morning I finally gave into taking some antibiotics. I think the strep made today's run a bit harder. Hopefully, that will pass and I will feel more like getting out there and making it count. I ran to the farm today. I haven't been that way for a while. I saw a bunch of bunnies and even some baby ones. They are so stinkin' cute! I was not feeling too powerful at the beginning and then I got a killer side ache and so I walked some. But by the end I was able to push it up the big hill and ran continuously the last three or so miles.

Total distance today: 5 miles
Total distance Mon: 5 miles
Total distance last Thur: 5 miles power walk
Total distance last Fri: 5 miles W/R

Total distance Sat: 2 miles plus Zumba


The Hoyt's said...

Hang in there jodi, Strep is a nasty thing and it makes you feel horrible. I am surprised you are even running with it.. I hope your knees get better. I can so sympathize and its no fun. just make sure your stretching really good. Exspecially your IT band. They say that is one of the biggest problems causing knee pain.. I feel like all I do is blog about my problems and its so depressing and no fun to read but it will be good to go back and read through them and see what we went through and overcame..
Hang in there.. You can do it.. Go for it...

Deborah said...

Thanks Jodi for visiting my site. I will keep you in my prayers and pray that you recover soon from strep.

Blessings to you!