Monday, July 25, 2011

The drought.

It's been a crazy couple of weeks.  TL's been sick, i've had my fair share of coughs and sore throats... and oh yeah, my sister got married, bachelorette party, ect!

Before the craziness started, I was back into my running routine.  It's a routine I love having.  When I run, I clear my mind and I feel physically and mentally healthy.

I had even started tossing around the idea of running a marathon.  Yup, the full 26.2.  I've run two half marathons, and loved them both.

But now, I feel as though I am back in square one again.  It's been almost 2 weeks since I have tied up my tennis shoes and frolicked along my favorite route.

I've been singing the blues.  My garmin stares at me each morning and it makes me depressed.

And what's worse?  I feel bad blaming time for my reason of not running.  You have to make time.  And I just haven't.

So... this is my letter to myself.  I am getting back into it.  And... I am going to start re-considering the 26.2 idea.  I am also tossing around the idea of running another half in October.

Lately, I have been seeing running for what it really is.  A gift.  Some people will never be able to - and here I have two legs that can carry me around.  I need to use them!

Please tell me these 'exercise droughts' happen to you, too??  I'm getting my butt back in gear... today.


images via pinterest

31 comments:

Emily said...

I feel the exact way I was really getting back into running but it's been WAY too hot to run outside. And now its hard to get back into again :( Make a new playlist, that's what I'm going to do to get myself excited for a run!

Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Tracy!!!! You can do it!!!! I just started running today after 11 years. Yes, ELEVEN!!!!

I tried on my wedding dress on Sunday and yes it fit, but not the way it should. I finally made myself change my eating habits and get MOVING!!!!!

I'm sitting here right now with blisters on both of my heels, but let me tell you....I haven't felt this good in a very long time. :)

Bree said...

I've just gotten over being sick for 2 weeks. It's no fun at any time, but the summer is an extra bummer.
Lately, I've been having a lot of dreams of myself out jogging. But I don't run. I can't run past 10 houses, it's that bad. But I feel like my dreams are trying to tell me something?? lol I envy people are runners..I wish I could do it. I guess I should just try?

Lindsay said...

everyone gets is a drought from working out. it happens, life happens. the hardest part is just starting up again, once you do that you will be fine! :)
love those two pinterest quotes!!! :)

Shelley said...

I can not WAIT to get back into shape!! Go run an extra mile for me :-)

Hailey said...

I have been in the biggest drought. I just am so exhausted and it seems the day goes by so fast. I am getting ready to start training for a half marathon in october, so i better hit the gym/pavement soon.

Kelly said...

You CAN DO IT!!! I spent 9 months not running (for good reason-your nephew) and ran another half marathon before he was one year old. I think you are feeling rushed for time... you aren't!

You have never let set-backs like these get in your way before. You are (and have always been) a girl who can put her mind to anything and WILL do it.

Let's do this thing! Small steps and the reminder that you have already done a half, so you are half way there!
The feeling of accomplishment is worth it. These doubts make the feeling at the finish line EVEN better!

Katie! said...

Droughts happen. I went through one last week (I don't run, I do Zumba) where I didn't attend a single class, when I usually go 2-4 times a week. I also missed the entire month of May due to work and bronchitis.

Life happens, and sometimes things get in the way. But as long as you pick it back up, all is good!

You do that marathon! You'll be awesome!!

Sarah Mina said...

I am experiencing the exact same thing right now with exercising and running! It's soooo hot in Houston that I can't stand to go running outside and ever since we moved a few weeks ago (and I got sick while we were doing it!) I haven't gotten back into my workout routine. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things over the next few weeks, though!

www.sarahandthecityblog.blogspot.com

Brittany said...

Good Luck getting back into your running routine! I hope you are having a great week.

Ashley said...

ugh I know what you mean! I want to get back into it SO badly ... I can't until next week though because my sister is getting married on Saturday and I KNOW if I start running tomorrow I will lose enough weight by Saturday that the dress would probably be too big =/
get back into it girl -- you and I both know how much better we feel about ourselves when we have been working out!

Dollface said...

New workout gear sometimes does the trick for me. Or new songs downloaded on my ipod. Sometimes its just that day I look down and want to lose a few that does it! Good luck! xxxoo

Blue said...

Oh yes, I am all too familiar with exercise/running droughts... In fact, I'm currently recovering from one of those...

Ashley Auld said...

I was in the middle of a drought as well the past two weeks or so. It felt great to get to the grocery store and stock up the fridge as well as get my lunches and snacks ready for the week. I made it to the gym twice yesterday and am feeling good this morning. Hopefully the drought is behind me. :) Lace your tennis shoes back up, you'll feel great! :)

Natasha said...

oh it totally happened to me too..especially right after the wedding! so burned out from tonig everything to look just right for the big day--make sure you go easy on yourself lady, you look great and you can ease back into it ;)

i say go for 26.2--hoping i can do the same one day!

Adrienne Gomer said...

I completely understand how you feel. I was doing yoga 4 days a week consistently for months but haven't done much since June. I used to feel weird if I went a day without working out and now I dread it, I really need to get back into a healthy routine.

Carolyn said...

I hear ya! I definitely need to get back on the wagon! hahahahaha

Jax said...

I love that "no matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch" thing! That's fabulous! And yes, I totally have droughts.. It's so annoying. I'm definietly not the runner you are, but I get really bummed when life gets in the way and I dont get to work out at all during the week. It's like "oh tomorrow?! Oh wait.. no.. I have that thing." :( And I feel ya on it being a gift! When I broke my back, ALL I WANTED TO DO was work out. I cursed all those times when I'd just been too lazy to go. When something takes the ability to do it away from you, it puts a lot in perspective. Granted, I was only out of commission for a few months, but still...

Heather P said...

Everyone goes through those phases. I find if I can even get outside to walk one day it helps me to feel motivated to get back to running the next day. You'll find it again. The hard parts make the good parts better... you'll be stepping out the door regularly again in no time. :)

Nicole Marie said...

i wish i like running. i remember when you used to go running around lake merced all the time. i thought you were crazy.

hope tim gets better soon!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I haven't ran in forever! I haven't made the time either. Hopefully you can get back in the swing of things! Good luck!

Allison said...

Running has become such a release for me - I guess it's just a positive outlet and way for me to get all my frustrations/feelings out in a healthy way. I've almost come to rely on it for those reasons, so it hasn't become as much of a chore (yet!). Something about being outside and just not really having a destination in point works well for me!
But come winter, when the roads are covered in snow, and you best believe I go through ruts when I just absolutely do not want to get on the treadmill/elliptical.
I have no doubts you'll be getting your stride back in no time at all :)
Hope Tim is feeling better - keep us updated! xo

meghan said...

Oh yes. It happens to me too. I got up to 6 miles in April and then took off three weeks in May for a plethora of reasons like yours above, and I got sad about it. And then I sucked it up, started again, and now I'm back up and at it and ran 7 miles this past weekend! My first half is in October!

meghan said...

And you can totally get right back at it! I think I saw a Nike ad somewhere that talks about the road not holding grudges and not being mad at you and being glad that you're returning.

Nikki said...

I have been working out now for year between combat classes, TRX training, running, and a bunch of other things and I can tell you that you are NOT alone in the "exercise drought" department! I get like that from time to time and I find that sometimes a break is just what I need and when I get back to it I am going just as good if not better than before! Keep you head up you will get back to your normal speed!

Val said...

I wish I was a runner...sigh. I do walk 3 to 4 miles a day...I hope you are having a great week.

missy. said...

i wish i could run.. i am not a runner though, i'd rather be on a bike. but i go through the droughts too!

hope tl get's better soon!

Amanda said...

I love that second running quote!

Married...with a Pup said...

I have never really gotten into working out. I really need to find a motivator because I would like to make sure I live a healthy lifestyle!! If you have any tips, let me know!

Ocean Dreams said...

Oh yes, I most definitely have gotten into a work out glitch lately and I need to get back into it full time, just not half time! I do miss running. I don't now if I mentioned to you but I can't run anymore because of tendonitis. So definitely make use of your legs while you can and don't be hard on yourself when life gets busy - you can only do so many things at one time!

Leslee said...

We all have ruts! You will be back at it and running me in the ground :-)

"There Will Come a Day When This is No Longer Possible, Today is Not That Day"... (from our fav friend FL)