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!