- Trigger Point
- Race photos
- Time crunch
- Running-induced ills
- Eating habits
- Sad news
- Workouts this week to date
Race photos! They were posted yesterday and much better as a whole from the last set during the Shamrock race. Below is the full montage of the "official photos" including pre-race shots of me joking/stretching with Amy at the start, our lesbian prom portrait and several of the race during the start and finish.
Time crunch. Life is once again in full swing and it is hard to keep up. I actually did two of my workouts during the MORNINGS this week. It was great cause I had woken up pretty much naturally and decided to head out. But my workouts are becoming so intense that I feel like I need massive amounts of sleep. I am not a good morning person. I wish that I were but it is something that I've been unable to change through much experimentation. I guess I'll take the days that I can do this and not feel discouraged when I simply can't wake up. I have pretty much been able to cram in my workouts after work but feel like its taking up most of my M-F free time. Anyone have suggestions on what to do here? No choice but to suck it up and get used to it? My work schedule will most likely only intensify over the next few months as my project load and travel increase. Not to mention the whole wedding thing. Rain/pours feast/famine.
Running-induced nonsense... I have been getting mild to awful stomach pains on the tail ends of my hard runs that last several hours. Now these things are lasting into the next day. I did a little research and it sounds like the only way to combat this is to watch more carefully what you're eating and when. I'm going to try my best to be better about eating and pray that this stomach issue goes away.
Which brings me to my eating habits. About six months ago when I started training again I was really focused on my eating and weight. I knew I had a lot of improvement in my body and wanted to see those results. I was so excited to start running again (and with a real coach!) that I matched my intake of food to that level of discipline. However, as I've progressed my body has caught up and luckily shed a lot of the excess weight. This is great! But, that means that I've stopped focusing on the quality of my intake. No bueno. I've been eating shit for food (trail mix for lunch) and in quantities that are not small at all times of the day and night. It hasn't really caused me to gain any weight but is making me feel like crap. What is wrong with me? How can I trick myself into caring about this again? Better yet - will someone give me a friggin program to stick to! Do I need to hire a friggin eating coach now?
Before I get into my workouts so far this week I have some sad news. One of my favorite Portland people is moving back to Texas. Yes, my awesome, wonderful friend and coach Shawn is leaving us!
It is very sudden and he and his girlfriend are leaving soon and I'm devastated! It is a good thing for them and is taking them into the next phase of their life and they're really excited. I'm so happy that they're happy too! But I am really really sad to see them leave. Not only because of the coaching stuff, more so because they're great people and great friends. It is weird to reflect on how attached I've become to the people that I've met in my new city. I feel like I've been euphoric since I moved here - happy with everything - that I don't want anything to change! So I've decided to kidnap both of them and chain them to the top of my rock wall. There. Done.
Now I'm all verklempt and can't discuss my training in this post. I will say that yesterday I had my toughest track workout to date. SO HARD.