Good morning! Skye was suffering from a case of the Monday’s in the below picture.
Andrew has officially started his 12 hour shifts now and he even went running before his shift yesterday. He really wants to find a way to keep up with his training while doing 3 12s a week… anyone reading have any tips for that?
I took yesterday off from running and might take another day or two off!
I’ve done a lot of back to back races (50 miler, marathon, half-marathon, 5k all within 7 weeks) + I have a lot of races up ahead and decided that my tight hamstrings and body just need a minute to breathe before starting up again!
My workout yesterday was chasing this little girl around:
Regular visits to see Dr. Bennet (801-513-1078 for you Utah runners) are part of my plan to keep my body healthy and happy with all of the training.
Adjustment + muscle reactivation + thanks mom for keeping Skye away from the stairs at his office during my appointment:). I have a very good feeling about 2019 and running!
We are going crazy over how good the berries are lately. It’s only a matter of time before we start buying a watermelon every 5 days at Costco.
After school Brooke had cross-country and asked to dump my ice water on her head because it was so hot. She is learning from my marathons to dump as much water as possible on yourself to stay nice and cool.
Skye and Beretta played fetch for ten minutes straight last night. Beretta brought the ball right back to Skye every time and dropped it at her feet.
For dinner I decided to try out the TJ’s carnitas!
I made super simple salads along with chips and salsa on the side. It’s a win if I don’t have to cook the meat so we will probably buy this again.
We finished off the night with some yoga.
Andrew got home, ate dinner, showered and then we started The Office again for the 100th time.. A show that I never get sick of.
Two last random things to talk about…
*Brooke made me this bowl for Mother’s Day with my mom at Color Me Mine. It is the only bowl I am ever going to use again at home. A lot of cereal will be consumed out of this bowl.
*Skye suddenly has a million teeth.
The other day a reader left a comment about how frustrated she is with running right now. She has a lot of life stress going on and it is causing her to slow down and the effort to feel harder and harder each day. “I really think the amounts of stress in all the other facets of my life are really taking a toll…. I want to work hard and get some good workouts in, but physically, my body just isn’t on the same page.” When I read that my heart sunk a little because I can completely understand how hard and frustrating that is so I thought I would share my experience with this.
Life stress absolutely 100% effects our running, you are not alone if you are experiencing this right now.
Life stress has caused me to drop out of two marathons (and many other race distances too) that I had been dreaming about and working so hard to do.
CIM 2013—> I had filed for divorce in August of that year and the stress of being a single mom and trying to do everything in my divorce the right way felt like I was wearing a 50 lb backpack on every run in October/November that year. I was working with a coach at that point and was on track to have a killer race in December but no matter how fit my lungs/heart/legs were, life stress just took it all out of me and I decided to drop out of the race. I had no drive to do the workouts any more and it’s really hard to run fast and cry at the same time. I felt like a total failure for a little while because I wasn’t following through on something that I had committed to do but realized that all of the stress that I had going on was kind of like an injury. I wasn’t going to run a race on an injury so why would I expect my body to perform well when the stress was hurting me big time too.
St. George 2015—> My mom had had a stroke, I was in a terrible relationship, single mom stress = my body revolted by having major GI problems and I added another DNS to my list. The stress was just too much and I couldn’t do the race physically or mentally. At this point my paces that were once ‘easy’ felt like my tempo paces and the idea of running more than from my couch to my bed made me want to cry. The stress was just too much.
Sometimes with life stress running does help us immensely but sometimes with crazy life stress it can just add to the stress which leaves us more frustrated and exhausted.
My tips for if your stress levels are just way too high during your training:
*Drop out of the race you are training for. There are a million different races out there. There is no loss to dropping out (I guess if you are a pro runner then there are sponsorship problems you run into but for the rest of us, there is no loss). During my divorce I needed running daily to help deal with the things I was going through BUT I did not need the stress of a race or a time on my plate so I said goodbye to the $103 (or however much I spent on it ha) and took that load off my back.
*Run without a watch. If you want to keep running through life stress but the fact you are slowing down makes you sad= hide your watch for a while until you are feeling better and things are getting resolved in your world. Don’t let those paces make you feel worse. Give yourself the proper TLC you need right now and realize that life stress DOES cause us to slow down sometimes. You probably aren’t sleeping very well right now if this is what you are going through and that also takes us down a notch with our training! Maybe your appetite is affected when you are stressed which also doesn’t help matters… especially your training.
*Like I always say, running will ALWAYS be there for you when you are ready for it. It isn’t going anywhere. So if you need a break from it until your divorce finalizes or you are settled into your new job or your parents health gets better… then do it. It is going to be ready for you when you are ready to be excited for your runs again. There is zero point forcing yourself to do it if you don’t want to. Come back to running when it adds joy to your life and take a break from it when it is making you even more frustrated and stressed than you already are.
*If taking a break from running is killing you then take a break from social media too and maybe that will help. If seeing everyone on instagram is hard for you when they are rocking their workouts and you just want to run for fun or not run at all… then say goodbye for a bit. No one will be offended, everyone will just be happy that you are taking care of YOU and doing what you need to do to get through a hard time. Just because a person’s running is going amazing right now doesn’t mean that they haven’t experienced similar things to you in the past but it is hard to see that on social media. Take a step back if you need to!
*You are not alone. You are not weak. You are not failing. Life stress takes a toll on every human out there and the sooner you are able to take care of yourself and get it fixed, the sooner you will be back running like normal… I think forcing ourselves to push through it without going easy on ourselves is only going to cause the problem to go on for longer!
*Talk to other runners about it and I’m sure they will share their experiences with this and it can help you realize you aren’t alone.
*Talk to yourself about this problem like you would talk to your best friend. If your best friend came to you and told you all of the hard things they were dealing with and then told you they were frustrated with themselves for not rocking their workouts… You would hug them, cry with them and tell them to give them self some grace. Do the same for you.
Good luck and I’m always here if you need someone to talk to! Take care of yourself and take it a mile/day at a time!
Has life stress ever caused you to stop running? To drop out of a race? Did you decide to take a break or just run for fun? Give me the details so people realize they aren’t alone!
What is your next race? I would love to hear about it!
Those of you that work 12 hour shifts… how do you keep up with your training? Focus on your days off or get in a run before or after your shift?
How often do you take a complete rest day from running and cross-training?