A girl in my company asked if we would like to do a marathon relay with her. I had no idea what it was, but jumped at the thought of having an end goal for training (since clearly I have not been able to motivate myself). The marathon relay is called the Car2Go Marathon Relay. It will be in September. My co-worker, Lindsey, and I will be running the 10K portion. That sounds like the perfect amount of running to me. Anymore than 10 miles, I have realized, is not even enjoyable for me.
Hopefully, this will be the exact motivation I need to get my butt on that treadmill. I have to say, the work-life balance hasn’t really been there. I have been so exhausted in the morning, I just haven’t been able to get out of bed. And it gets too dark too early to run the trail in the evening. I pulled 2 14-hour days last week. It’s frustrating, because I am in corporate accounting and not auditing, so that I don’t have to work those kinds of crazy hours. It’s definitely made me question whether I should stay where I am or look elsewhere, for something with more of a balance. We’ll see what happens, but I am hoping that the workload lightens up a bit.
In the meanwhile, marathon relay training is underway!
Running this month has NOT been going well at all. Between the crazy weather and this MBA application process, it just hasn’t been falling high in my priority totem pole. As of last week, I have clocked 50 hours this year. Realistically, it should be at 85 miles or so. It may not seem like a huge difference, but those 35 miles are not going to happen overnight. That’s for sure.
I will NOT click that ‘”edit goal” button, I will not…
I realize that I need to make more of an effort to actually run 5 times a week (minimum). And I want to be. I felt so much better in January than I have in February. I felt more energetic, I felt thinner, and I felt like my sleep patterns (and, gross, but my bowel movements) were more regulated and predictable. I’ve been waking up a 230 in the morning almost every day and not being able to sleep for hours. It’s so frustrating, but it doesn’t happen, when I run.
My roommate actually had a great idea for motivation. She bought two bathing suits for the summer. She said, she was hoping that would motivate her to work out and tone up. I went ahead and did the same. I thought it was a great idea! I bought two bathing suits on Amazon, on Saturday.
I’m not trying to make my body look like that – I enjoy food on the weekends a little bit too much. But, HEY, the photos might serve as much motivation as the actual bathing suits!
Going to need to kick it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the year.
Womp womp… No 6 mile run last weekend, which I wasn’t happy about. Other than that, the consistency is pretty decent.
After doing the math, 1000 miles in a year equates to about 19.2 miles per week. So, I’ll need to pick it up a bit from this week. But what an awesome start!
My boyfriend and I have been trying to find an obstacle race to do, for sometime now. Austin is a great city for that stuff. I guess, I have been kind of nervous to do any of those races, because I am not at my physical finest. But lately, I have really been kicking butt with my workouts, so I have been more open to the idea of doing one of these races.
We decided to pull the trigger and participate in The Spartan Race, on May 18th. This is a 4 miles running/obstacle course race. We begin it at 3:15, which is awesome, since I am fairly accustomed to races involving 5am alarms on a Sunday. I’ve been trying to find a map of the race, although they don’t seem to make those available beforehand. I imagine that is on purpose. I did find some images from last year’s race, on Facebook.
And, of course, the public sanitation area…
I am really excited about the prospect of this race. I used to do a lot of running. I never got into any full marathons, but I have participated in about half a dozen half marathons, as well as smaller runs – 5Ks, 10Ks, etc. I got bored with just running though. I wasn’t really training properly and I am not competitive, so that aspect of the race was never there. I just started losing interest in doing those types of races. But obstacle races sound fun and challenging and they’re always different. You still get a shiny medal at the end, usually accompanied by a free beer and a muddy party.
I think my yoga classes are helping me with my strength and I‘ve been running on the treadmill for a half an hour everyday, trying to push myself to get more mileage, in the same amount of time. This race will definitely be a test for me. I am very, very excited.