Staying in the Moment

Time is flying by and we’re half way through August. I don’t know where the summer has gone.

My training is moving along, not as quickly as I’d like, but I am grateful for what I am able to do.

This past week I caught myself getting ahead of where I was. During my runs I kept thinking about the miles that were coming up instead of focusing on the one that I was in. My other cross training workouts followed a similar pattern. I really have to work on reminding myself to stay in the moment – the current mile, the current exercise and focus on the now. Looking too far ahead messes with my head. I lose focus, balance and I undervalue the present.

Earlier in the week I ran with my Garmin for the first time in a long time. I have a love/hate relationship with it but fortunately that run was a love fest. I ran the miles faster than prescribed but it didn’t feel like I was working very hard. I was pretty happy with it.

But just as great as that run went, the next 2 were blahs.

I have been taking advantage of “work at home” days by running at lunchtime. My goal is to try to learn how to run in heat. It hasn’t been *that* bad and I think I’ve acclimated reasonably well. But this past Thursday was an extra warm day. I also pulled a rookie move by eating a huge meal before the run and felt horribly sick during the entire run.

After that Thursday run, my knee started acting up (again) so I decided to do my Saturday run at Seal Point where I could run on a dirt loop. Saturday was even warmer than Thursday and it was just my luck that I overslept. I didn’t start running until much than planned. By the time I got out to the shade less Seal Point, the sun was blazing and I was roasting. I also misjudged the distance of the dirt loop. I thought it was 1-mile but turns out it was 1/2-mile. I had 7-miles on my schedule and could not wrap my head around running the loop 14 times. So I decided to alternate between two dirt 1/2-mile loops and one road 1-mile loop.

After just 2-miles I wanted to quit.

Physically I felt fine but just could not get into it. I took a break after every mile and literally had to talk myself into doing the next. It took a long time but I was able to fight through it and get all of the miles done. My knee felt terrible the rest of the day but then felt fine when I woke up this morning. And oddly enough I was able to run 4-miles today without incident.

The cross-training theme of the week was strength training.

I continue to do my physical therapy exercises daily (every day and sometimes twice since June 8th!). I also did 3 strength and conditioning sessions – one on my own at the gym and two with my trainer. We’ve been working out at Seal Point (hence how I got the idea to run there) where he continues to put together TRX workouts incorporating all the exercises that I hate the most: push-ups, burpees and jumps. If you ever want to see what a burpee long jump is, I can show you (seriously, who thinks of this stuff?!).

But as much as I complain about it, I feel so good when it’s over. I also feel really sore, but I can tell that all this strength training is working, and doing me good. And to be honest, I love it!


2 Responses to Staying in the Moment

  1. jobo says:

    burpee long jump? dude. LOL I gotta look that one up!! Love the new changes to your blog, it looks awesome! As for your runs, it is hard not to jump ahead to the next and the next and go out too fast when you know better otherwise etc! But it sounds like you did great despite that :) 

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