I hope that I’m not the only one that goes through this phase in which training just completely gets puts on the bottom of the to-do list. I mean sometimes I’m lazy, unmotivated, and life gets crazy and there’s just not enough left in the day, or me to get out for a run.
Things were already rocky dealing with knee issues post Ragnar and coming into summer in which I usually back off anyways due to how my body responds to the heat. Adding in a move into the equation did not make life easier. Especially when said move left me in a temporary apartment for a month and me living out of boxes.
It was during the end of this temporary stay that I realized that I was a bag full of laziness and excuses and perhaps it was just time for me to take a different approach to training in general.
First off, the biggest excuse of them all has been, I need to lose the weight I gained so I don’t hurt my knee with extra weight pounding on it. Which is true…but that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t do other forms of exercise to not only help with the weight loss, but also help strengthen my hip muscles to help my knee, and help with endurance through other lower impact methods of cross training.
To help with this new venture, because I am fish out of water when it comes to using gym equipment or building an actual routine. I asked my brother, AKA Broski/Deedra to help build me routines and to work with me to make sure my form is proper. Which he happily agreed to, I mean, what brother doesn’t enjoy torturing their little sister?
So last week I started hitting the gym four days a week. My body hated and loved it, I was sore in unnatural places and I swear jumping into this routine so aggressively also lowers my immune system a bit and I ended up closing the week out sick. But that’s okay, because I’m going to recover and I’ll be back in the gym in no time ready to go.
In addition to this new routine, after finishing up a session on Thursday an amazing opportunity jumped into my lap. I get to run a dream race with amazing people. As y’all should know, I’m an ambassador for the Ragnar Relay series, and as with most ambassador communities, we pass on amazing opportunities to fellow ambassadors first before the “public”.
With that being said… I get to run in a lottery Ragnar Relay, not just anyone, but one that happens to fall in November which I was desperately searching for since I love to travel to a race this month for my birthday. AAANNNDDD it’s in wine land y’all… I’m running Ragnar Relay Napa Valley!!!!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not Luckenbach which will always have my heart as being my first relay, well technically Austin was, but Luckenbach is home and registration is open for that. If you decide you want to captain it, or any one, use this link to get $75 worth of credit to the Ragnar Gear store.
Now…back to Napa… it has completely boosted my spirits and I am feeling ready for the fall racing season and have filled my calendar from October-December. Now I just have to work on the first of the year and I’m open to suggestions.
So here’s to remodeling, revamping, upgrading, changing directions, and accepting and embracing change and defeat.
Here’s to those days I missed in training because it was hot, my body wasn’t feeling it. Because tomorrow is a new day and I’m ready to put my best foot forward.