Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yes, I am still running

I haven't been very active lately on my blog or in general.  I try to take time out daily so I can read everybody's blogs and leave comments, but I just haven't had the time to.  So, I'm sorry if I haven't commented or read your blogs lately.  I'm struggling with my running.  I simply don't feel like doing hard tempo or speed workouts or doing the long 10 mile runs.  I signed up for a half marathon at the end of October, but some things have come up (things that I could put off if I wanted to) and I don't feel like training for it.  I am still running and will continue to run, but not on specific schedule.  I am still going to keep my mileage around 20-25 miles per week.  I enjoy my little 5-6 mile easy runs, so I will probably do a lot of those, and I'm still going to have a long run day, but I'm going to keep those about 8 miles.

I really want to lose weight.  I'm so horrible at it.  I don't know why.  The biggest barrier that most people have is exercising, and I don't have that problem at all.  I love to run and exercise, so that's not a barrier for me.  My barrier is eating anything and everything I want to.  I just have to teach myself (again) that I don't have to eat all the time.  It's so hard for me, because I'm hungry all the freaking time, and I can't stand to have hunger pains.  I have talked and talked and talked about how I need to calorie count.  I'm going to try to do it.  I'm also going to try that 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels.  We finally got our rec room finished, so I'm going to give it a try.  I figure I can do that in the evenings and days that I'm not running.  I feel like I'm letting everybody down, especially myself.  I jumped right into that half marathon, not really thinking, not knowing how I would feel after the Distance Run.  On a positive note, I am doing the local Winter Series, a 5k, 8k, and 10k from December-February.  I did it last year, and that kept me moving during the winter.

I ran 5 miles early this morning on the treadmill at my local gym.  I hadn't run in 5 days.  I had to work Friday thru Monday, had a dinner with my sister and a birthday dinner to go to this weekend, so running didn't happen.  Bad Tammy!


  1. Girl, you do what YOU want to do. You haven't let anyone down. You may just be a little burnt out and that's OK!

    Weight loss is tough. I struggle with food issues every day myself. It's hard when not good for you food is so easily accessable. Don't be so hard on yourself. Keep up the exercise and watch those calories and you'll see a difference soon.

    I am proud of you!

  2. Tammy. I feel like you're totally like me. But don't be!! I think you'll be totally cool for the half marathon at the end of the month. You just rocked 15 miles, you only have to do 13.1 for a half! Take the advice you gave me and schedule your runs like an appointment =) I think you're just being hard on yourself, you had a great run this morning. You'll get back in the swing of things. You were a running monster for awhile there, maybe you just needed a breather!

  3. Totally agree with B.o.B.'s first paragraph. I find that I eat more because I say, "Well, I just ran 8 miles so I can afford it." Such a wrong attitude. Weight loss and maintenance will just always be a part of life, but so will food. Savor the food and savor the exercise. We're blessed to have the faculties to even go out and run.

  4. Hang in there girl! I think changing it up with other workouts like shred is a good idea. Hopefully some variety will be just the ticket!

    I've been struggling with my running too... But I am trying to hold on until the marathon and then get some much-needed chill time. I'm also addicted to tracking and logging miles though, and get depressed when I slack off. I can't win. Moody about running, moody about not-running! :-/

    weight loss and trimming up is hard for me as well.. Can't seem to figure out what more i can do. Stick with it, keep pushing yourself, and you'll break through these ruts soon enough!

  5. I avoid burnout by mixing some cycling in for my daily runs and it really helps. You’re in better shape than you give yourself credit. Half marathon you can do – Just get a good tapper in, start slow, and have positive thoughts. You will be glad you did when looking back!