First up in my exciting life;)
My mom gave me the most ginormous peaches I have ever seen.
Good thing my stomach isn’t the ‘size of your fist’ and more like the ‘size of your head’ so that I can comfortably eat 3 of these at a time for a snack:)
In my last post about Optimizing Our Mileage my good friend Erica made an awesome comment!!!
‘After you start training smarter, isn’t it strange (almost comical) to look back on old habits? I cringe at some of the junk miles I ran for the sake of discipline. The running journey (aka life) is a wonderful thing!’
She nailed it!
It made me think back to my old days where I HAD to exercise for an exact amount of time, every single day (sometimes taking a rest day, sometimes not).
(Sorry Sissy, I had to post the picture of you when we were out on a run and I told you we might be moving away……she stopped dead in her tracks and wouldn’t move off the bike trail for a good 5 minutes because she was so upset)
My workout on the eliptical this morning was 1/3 of my old ‘required’ amount of exercise and I finished feeling awesome, energetic and STRONG and didn’t think about my workout again until I was writing the post.
The old Janae would have obsessed about how I could make up a workout that was so ‘short’ and add on miles to the next day in order to make up for it. (I never said I was normal, imagine what BSauce has to deal with on a daily occurence).
I do believe that training for a race is different (if you are doing it for the right reasons) because you need to hit a certain mileage/time on your feet in order to do your best during the race. With most training plans there are plenty of REST DAYS, EASY DAYS and if you are not feeling up to a certain workout that day, you DON’T have to do it and you don’t have EXERCISE GUILT over missing a workout or ten. Over exercising (or compulsive exercising) happens when you push yourself too far, too often, no matter what.
I have talked about it before but I really think that running has helped me to get out of the over exercising cycle. I AM (key word am) realizing that in order to be the best runner I can be and accomplish my FUTURE GOALS, I have to respect my body and to exercise for the right reasons rather than calories, help my anxiety, and a sense of temporary control.
PS I know I am not perfect and still have plenty of things to work on. I always am afraid to post super personal stuff like this…..1,2,3 publish:)
Anyone else have experiences with over exercising (or with friends/family members that over exercised)? What were some of your past habits when it comes to exercising that you no longer have and you are PROUD of?
-Getting in and out of the gym QUICK without stressing (or even thinking) about whether it was ‘enough.’
-My main reasons for exercise now are to compete (and do my best) in endurance events rather than exercising as a side effect of my past disordered eating.
What fruit is in season in your neck of the woods?
-Peaches are almost done and apples are coming in.