I’m not sure how observant you guys are… but… confession: I can’t remember the last time I ran more than four miles at a time.
If I had to take a guess, I’d say it’s been six months?
I love running, and I love pushing my body to do things I didn’t think it could while training for long distance races. I was on fire with it last year. Despite the frigid winter temperatures, I trained hard to run two half marathons and had my heart set on going for a full marathon sooner than later.
I felt like I was in a good spot and could easily run eight miles or so without any training at all.
Over the past eight months, however, my focus has changed. I’ve decided to put intense training and racing on hold, and take things a little slower.
Now I take Roadie on all of my runs, and I don’t sprint nearly as hard as I used to. Instead of hitting pause on my watch, I enjoy the stops and scenery when he wants to literally stop and smell the flowers thirty times a loop.
While I don’t feel like my normal “go big or go home” motivated self, it’s been nice.
Working at the gym gives me an opportunity to have access to a equipment and workout space every day I train clients. Because of this, I used to feel like I had to complete some kind of workout every weekday. Slowly but surely, I got over that.
I used to strength train or attend some kind of group fitness class 3-4 days a week on top of 3 days of running. Occasionally, I would even run a long distance (5+ miles) and do a quick bodyweight or dumbbell circuit later in the same day.
These days, I’ve been slowing things down, taking advantage of summer activities and travels, and am lucky to get in 2-3 days of strength training and 2 shorter (3 or less miles) runs a week.
Knowing it wouldn’t take me more than a half hour to complete a run yesterday, I took Roadie out for a quick two mile run before my shift at the gym. We weren’t in a hurry, and I know we both really enjoyed our time outside.
I showered and got ready for work as soon as we got in, then made a protein smoothie for the road to hold me over until dinner.
Frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries, spinach, vanilla whey protein powder, and lots of almond milk to make it smooth
I truly enjoy working in the world of fitness, and strive to create a variety of quality workouts for clients, myself, and for you guys. I don’t think that will ever change!
I work out if my day allows me to, but I don’t stress over missing them, either. Sometimes I even ask Scott to join me for a challenging weight session at the end of my day to ensure I hold myself accountable.
Yesterday I went for my run with Roadie in the afternoon, and then I took Scott through a total body strength circuit later at night. That may seem like a lot from the outside eye, but my last workout was a short 15 minute core circuit on Friday. Things have certainly changed!
The point of posting all of this is to share that it’s okay to go through phases of slowing down your workouts and putting your fitness goals on hold. Really. Everyone goes through these hiatuses for different reasons, and no one is going to know you missed a workout but you.
When it feels right, you’ll bounce back – not because you have to, but – because you want to!
(Making a mental note to actually flex for this kind of photo next time… ha.)
Without putting it all out there, I have casually mentioned that I have been going to doctors appointments. There’s no need to worry, (everything seems to be fine)… but the entire process of what my body is going through right now has been a little bit of an eye opener.
I absolutely love my job as a personal trainer and healthy lifestyle blogger. While some days are insanely busy, others are slower and give me the chance to breathe, catch up on life, and reflect. Today was one of those days.
Eight months ago, it would have freaked me out to sleep in well past my alarm and spend an entire morning and lunch watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix on a weekday.
Eight months ago, it would have seemed strange to complete a two mile run with ten potty stops (thanks, Roadie) around the 25 minute mark.
Eight months ago, it would have killed me not to have any intentions of signing up for any long distance races to train for this year.
Today, I’m putting what my body needs first and sharing my journey with you all when the time is right.
Today, I’m refusing to stay up all hours of the night to stay ahead on the blog, and I’m enjoying a lot more time for snuggles with my crazy little family.
(This snuggle train includes Aspen, Roadie and Cali. They’re the best!)
I guess what it all boils down to is… I love you guys. But I also love my family.
I love fitness, I love blogging, and I love sharing it all with you.
It was only a matter of time until someone pointed out the fact that I’m not racing (or planning to race) any time soon, so I thought I’d nip that in the bud and share my intentions.
Do I have plans to get back to intense training and going for that full marathon one day? Absolutely. But, for now, I’m just enjoying my casual two or three mile loops and scenery at a casual pace.
I can’t thank you all enough for your support and for following this little blogging journey of mine that continues to unfold year after year. While I may not be racing, I’ll still be here with motivation for you to get your race bibs on and do what you love in the world of fitness!
All right. I better get going and off to work. I hope you all have a great Thursday.
I’ll see you back here bright and early tomorrow morning with this week’s Friday Favorites! <3
Question of the Day
• Have you ever been in a similar phase with something fitness-related you love to do?