back on the wagon

Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: running | Tags: | 2 Comments »

Today I laced up & went running for the first time since before Thanksgiving. I’m not sure exactly why I went on a two month hiatus, but I think it had to do with the intense amount of training I was attempting (I jumped into a 10k training program after my 5k), not to mention the stress of finals, holiday traveling, and of course, cooler temps. I mean, the temperature isn’t too bad around here of course, but the earlier sunset meant my evening running routine didn’t work as well.

Now that the holidays are over & we’ve had extraordinarily mild weather, I knew I needed to hit the pavement. But I kept putting it off. And putting it off. Then last night I had the worst time trying to fall asleep, and I knew it was time. Sleep should not be hard to come by if you are healthy! The straw that broke the camel’s back though was this morning when I was moping around the kitchen, head in my hands, having a little self-pity party, feeling super depressed for no reason at ALL. Moody as I may be, I’m smart enough to recognize annoying behavior in myself and I knew right away that today was the day I needed to get back out there! My moods are always so much better when I’m exercising regularly.

My run went well, but my break added a few minutes to my 5k time. It’s amazing how quickly you can lose all that training! I feel great though, and only felt like I might throw up once. Excellent!

Now I don’t feel quite so guilty about devouring that super-size vegetarian lasagna.

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2 Comments on “back on the wagon”

  1. 1 Elise Shubert said at 3:42 am on January 10th, 2012:

    Sarah, it’s the funniest thing that I happened to read this post when I did. I know exactly how you feel; I did the exact same thing! I was doing so good with my running and training before Christmas, even soldiering through Thanksgiving, and I was feeling healthy and proud of myself. Then finals came… then Christmas… then a brief trip after Christmas, followed by a week of the flu. I have been putting off and putting off until a couple of hours ago when I realized I was cranky and tired and just did not feel healthy or fit – and I hated it. So I jumped on my treadmill since it is raining outside, and I’m so glad I did! I literally just got off and happened to read your post! It’s encouraging to read your post and know I’m not the only person who occasionally falls off the wagon.

  2. 2 Prairie Rose said at 9:55 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    I know what you mean about running.
    I have about the same story….it was somewhere around Thanksgiving that my running went to the wayside.
    I have just started back at it and noticed how I feel physically and mentally stronger plus YES, I AM sleeping better!
    Its so nice to know that even if we “fell off the wagon” that tomorrow is a new day and a new start:)

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