I tried a little experiment last week. Instead of scheduling workouts and then blowing them off and feeling guilty, I decided to just take the entire week off. No early wake ups, no swimming, no biking, no running, no spinning!
The result? I felt like crap. Plus? I still felt guilty anyway.
I took off Monday through Friday, and I can't say I recommend this lethargy thing as a strategy, though it did hold a lot of promise. Every day I still felt like I had climbed a mountain. My legs hurt. And of course I still woke up at 6 a.m. And I was kind of miserable. Post-tri season depression? Maybe.
If I have a choice between not working out and feeling guilty, like crap, and gaining 10 lbs in a week, OR working out, feeling guilty, like crap, and not gaining 10 lbs in a week? Well, I guess I might as well work out!
But we all know that I can't workout unless I have a goal. So, after much thinking and tossing and hemming and hawing, I decided that I need to get reacquainted with my oldest blog companion: Running.
But you knew that already.
Yes, I'm going back to basics. Again!
My initial target is the Fredericksburg, Virginia Blue-Gray Half Mary on December 13, which I have run twice before.
But I decided to up the ante a little and sweet-talked Number One Daughter into doing a half-mary with me (her first! Her longest race to date has been a 5k! Bwahahahah!) However, clearly she was going to need something more compelling than a trip to Fredericksburg (no offense).
Disney is closed, sadly.
I looked at Austin. (I do love Austin!) But it's not until Feb. 14. I'll need to be at home fending off all my admirers that day.
So, we looked near Austin: Dallas! (Whatever. I don't really do Texas geography.)
We put the call out to our favorite Dallasian: Runner Susan.
She responded: How about you guys can stay with me? I have plenty of room. I'll heat the hot tub and serve you wine. (Deirdre to me: "Do you think she'll take us shopping?")
So, we found the Dallas White Rock Half-Marathon, Jan. 30, 2010.
I'm going to try to actually stick to a plan. It's a been a long time since I had a plan. I loves me a plan. I'm looking at good old Hal's intermediate, or good old Jeff Galloway's half.
Today was Day One of the get-yourself-ready-to-run week. I ran 3 miles in 34 minutes.
I'll let ya know how Day Two goes!