Thank the good Lord for cross-training, otherwise I don’t know what the heck I would be doing.
Tuesday – elliptical, 1 hour – 8 miles. stairmaster, 15 minutes – 2 miles = 10 miles total, of an activity that is nothing like running
Wednesday a.m. – Stepmill, 35 minutes – 5 miles. elliptical, 16 minutes – 2 miles = 7 miles total, of still not running
I bet you can’t guess what activities I did last night…one that starts with ice and ends with ing and another that starts with foam and ends with rolling.
I’m getting really good at actually taking care of my body and the stress that I put on it. this week anyway. I 100% believe that everything in life happens for a reason, and there is usually a lesson to be learned in the stuff of life. From the BIGGEST life events to the tiniest little life events that really have no impact on anything important or life changing. But things that are important nonetheless in my day to day and the goals and dreams I have for myself. so when things don’t go according to my plan – I’m OK with it. because I have a strong faith in God, and that there is a bigger plan than my small plan – I do what I can and learn from what life actually throws at me. big, or little.
I have a marathon in 2 and a half weeks. I have run 5 miles this week. this week, that is supposed to be a 50 mile week.
I’m OK with that. because I’m forever learning to go with the flow and not everything works out as planned and cross training is a God-send and you still have to work hard to reach your goals, even if your body doesn’t really want to cooperate. and excuses don’t get me (or you) anywhere.
My shins hurt.
I’m OK with that. because I really need to learn that I have to actually take care of this body that runs more than it has. ever. and my legs need to be stretched, and rolled and iced. all the time. if I’m going to run like this. it’s only fair. if they didn’t hurt, you can bet I wouldn’t be icing. or rolling. or stretching. and that big knot in my calf would just be getting bigger. and I would never learn. to take care of things before they hurt.
My oven lit up in in a little firework display last night, smoking and flashing like the 4th of july. then promptly shut down and locked it’s door with my delicious Spinach bread inside. I knew I should have taken the week off from cooking. good thing I have two nights of soup planned.
I’m OK with that. because it’s not the end of the world. no one was hurt. and our home is still standing. and it was hysterical to watch my 5 year old scream, everybody out!!! get out of the house now!!! as she bolted for the door. and then continued to put a smile on my face when we settled on getting Thai food and she kept asking for more sea creatures to eat. why call is shrimp and calamari? sea creatures makes it sound so much more appetizing.
I’ve gained 10 pounds in the last 4 months. and my jeans don’t fit like I want them to. (and that’s a bummer because some of them are pretty darn nice)
I’m OK with that. because I eat healthy and pay attention to what I put in my body more than ever before. I got rid of the scale because it’s not about the number on the scale. it’s about how you feel about yourself. and I feel strong. and capable. and healthy.
Much of my days lately are full of chaos and 2 year old time-outs and going 90 miles an hour trying to fit into a 24 hour day what really needs a 36 hour day and rarely doing much of what I want to accomplish, besides the
fun stuff necessities like cooking and folding laundry. and running (or cross training this week)
I’m OK with that. because it’s my life. at this moment. with 3 little beauties that look up to me. and because that is life with 3 little kids – crazy, and nonstop and changing and exhausting. all the time. and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I sometimes need to eat dark chocolate for breakfast. need.
I’m OK with that. antioxidants people. you need them all day long.
I have this superbly annoying underactive Thyroid problem – that I let get to me more than it should.
I’m OK with that. because I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and eating clean, whole foods, cutting out the processed stuff and keeping it colorful. and my family has benefited from that.
I have this frizzy, dry hair that looks like I stuck my finger in a socket. and I have no problem leaving the house looking like that. I should wear a sign that says ‘I have three small children. running is a priority. showering is an optional luxury. that explains my look.’
it actually doesn’t look THAT bad, but in person that’s 3 days unwashed dry as a bail of hay you might lose your hand in it if you get too close hair. oh, and the forehead vein. I’m OK with all that. all character building. perfect is overrated.
It’s March 28th and I haven’t finished my taxes yet.
I’ll be OK with that. tonight, after I finish them.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I printed a picture out of my children. It quite possibly may have been from when Luke was 6 months old. he turned 2 in February. does that make me a bad mom? I don’t think so. at least I have about 80,000 pictures of them.
I’m OK with that, too. because they are on the computer. and they are backed up. and it’s on the neverending list of things to do. it will get done. eventually.
Life is good. Really. With the little inconveniences, like shin splints and disorganization and non-napping, screaming, tantruming 2 year olds that have the ability to melt your heart and a to do list that gets crossed off at the top and longer at the bottom. I’m really OK with all of that. I love it. all of it. There are great things in everything. or even just “OK” things in everything.
Shin update – feeling great. I would say 85% there. I’ve taken the past two days off from running. I ran a light 5 miles on Sunday and didn’t run for 2 days prior to that. I’m craving me some running. What better way to satisfy than speedwork. I am beyond excited for my first TRACK speedwork session tonight. I love speedwork. You wouldn’t know that, because I’ve never said how much I love speedwork before. I always do it on the treadmill. switching it up to run some fast laps with my long lost running buddy. So this will kind of be a double workout day, if you count the non-running I did this morning. before I bust out the speedy moves, I am going to ice and roll. precautionary measures. I’m also wearing my clunky mizuno waverider 15’s for EXTRA protection. safety first. you can never be too careful.
Now I have to go pick out my speedwork outfit and make sure my hair looks good. speedy runs are a special occasion. and maybe I should put some thought into how the heck to do speedwork on a track.
If all goes well – I’m hoping to do a good treadmill tempo run tomorrow. rest on friday. LAST long run on Saturday. oh boy. ambitious.
What is your favorite cross-training activity to do?
Track or treadmill for speedwork?
Do you develop pictures regularly or hoard them on your computer or other electronic device?