Do ever feel like you are in a workout slump and you don’t feel like moving at all for about a week, then a friend makes wants you to go workout with her and you are so glad that you did? That is how I’ve been feeling lately. I partly think the marathon that I ran a couple of weeks ago and my cold are to blame. I’m still feeling a little under the weather, but the sun was shining this morning, and I’m glad I got my butt outside, finally!!
I was supposed to go on a 56 mile bike ride about an hour away from my house, but all of my friends bailed except for one. So, we decided to keep it local and go for a bike ride for about 2 1/2 hours around my village, then a short run afterwards. Europeans are HUGE cyclists so there are trails EVERYWHERE!
This was in no way a training ride today. Don’t get me wrong, the hills were pretty bad and left me breathing hard during and after I crested over the top of them, but we took the narrow straight aways pretty leisurely. We even decided to drop by another friend’s house, and make her bike with us for about 30 minutes. This was absolutely amazing weather for Germany. It is usually cold, dark and rainy here, but it was actually 68 degrees out. That is HOT for us! haha It was perfect! You don’t realize how much you love the sun until it’s taken away for months and weeks at a time.
On a couple of sections, we got bombarded with tons of insects. I even ate one at one point. I guess they are happy about the warm weather too.
My nose was still running like a faucet, but this ride was good for the soul, you know? It was the perfect motivation to get my butt back in gear for training!
Leaving Suzanna’s driveway was VERY steep, and I didn’t up enough speed, and had to unclip quickly so I didn’t fall over. I ended up scraping my left pedal on my shin trying to unclip from the right side as well. It looks minor here, but it is actually turning into a huge bruise right now. It freakin’ hurt, bad! Am I surprised? No, I’m a very clumsy girl.
After Renee and I got home from the bike ride, we quickly changed into our running gear, and headed out for a 30 minute run. It felt easy. I thought my legs would be hating it, but they actually really enjoyed every second of the run. It was a workout of rolling hills, and although my legs were burning going up the hills, I remembered why I love running! My foot still hurts a little from last weekend’s half marathon, but it is getting better.
There is a half marathon that is next weekend that most of my friends are doing that I have decided to not do. To be honest, I don’t feel like it. I know that is not a good excuse, but I’m a little burnt out mentally with running races right now. I agreed to be everyone’s sherpa which will be interesting because I’ve never been to a race that I didn’t compete at before.
I think a little bit of depression after a marathon is normal? Or at least, that is what my marathon friends tell me. It didn’t really hit me until this week when I got sick. I really think that running a marathon, then running a half marathon a week later is what did me in with the cold and this “I don’t want to workout at all” feeling. I’m glad that I’m crawling out of this what seemed to be a bottomless abyss of blah.
To help combat this blah, I have been working on my new workout schedule for the next few months. It is filled with an olympic triathlon, a distance between an olympic and half ironman (European race distances are weird), another running race that is run with a tag team, and a half ironman so far. We are moving back to the states in almost 2 months, so I will be busy! The schedule should be up within the next few days, so be sure to check my exercise schedule page soon! This schedule has me really excited to start on Monday!
I’m also starting my gluten and dairy free month on Monday. I think that it is quite ironic because I’m starting this in Europe where they have the best cheese and bread in the world, but I really need to figure out what is going on with my body right now since doctors only want to medicate the symptoms. Wish me luck!
Where has your motivation been lately?
P.S. Are any of you interested in doing any guest posts on Geek Turned Athlete? I plan on traveling for a good two and a half weeks during the next couple of months before we leave Europe, and I’m going to need some amazing guest posters! I’m pretty much up for anything! Email me if you are interested! firstname.lastname@example.org