I apologise for not posting on this blog for a while. The fact is that I have not been running. I am not injured but I have found my motivation completely sapped by some mental challenges that I have had going on.
Historically I have used running to help with the mental stuff but that has not worked of late. I feel myself coming out of the darkness, to be colloquial, and have set aside some time to go running again tomorrow.
Hopefully normal service on this blog and toward my goal of running a half marathon will resume tomorrow too.
Watch this space.
I know for the runners out there you are probably tiring of hearing me wax lyrical about running 30 minutes but to say that I am happy that I am hitting my target for this week still would be understatement.
Last night I put in another 30 minute run and whilst my kilometre rate was a touch slower than my last time out, was again happy with the evenness of my stride rate and the fact that my heart rate did not get up in the “danger zone” for the first time since I have tracking it.
This is a week that is all about small victories and I feel like I am having them at the moment. Tonight will see another 30 minute run in the bag to keep the momentum going.
I have been looking for some recipes to try to help with my training and energy levels and thought I would post some of what I find here.
Here is a recipe for a Southern Chicken pizza that, if it is half as good as it reads, I expect to be excellent.
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Nutrition Stats: 480 calories, 50 g protein, 24 g carbohydrates, 20 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 9 g fiber
6 multigrain flatbread wraps (Flatout Multigrain w/ Flax preferred)
2 ¼ lb chicken breast
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 medium red onion
1 cup corn
2 cups black beans
1 medium avocado
1 cup jalapeno peppers
1 cup green chili peppers
1 cup cilantro
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Lay flatbread wraps on a baking sheet.
Pour drained black beans into a bowl and mash with a fork.
Spread mashed beans on the flatouts. Leave a ¾-inch border around the edges of the flatbread.
Divide shredded Mexican cheese, corn, cilantro, sliced jalapeno peppers, sliced red onion, and chopped green chili peppers between the flatbreads.
Bake pizzas for about 13 minutes or until crust is crisp and toppings are heated through.
Top with diced avocado.
Slice and serve.
I will be having a crack at this one over the weekend and will report further as how it goes.
First published by Debbie Martell, Athletes’ Performance on the Adidas miCoach blog
This is a week of simple goals and simplicity: I am going to exercise for 30 minutes every day this week as a means of getting this challenge back on track.
So there are no targets other than to just get out there and run.
Tonight I ran 30 minutes again along the same track as I ran last night and was surprised to run 150 metres further than yesterday. I was also a bit more cognisant tonight of my heart rate and my time per kilometre as I have been a bit all over the place pace wise and was please to just keep things at an even pace throughout.
Bring on tomorrow and another 30 minutes of work.
It has been a pretty busy weekend, particularly today. 2 coats of paint on the ceiling of a room I am renovating, mowing the lawn, hanging a painting and generally cleaning the house had left me pretty knackered.
That said, I promised on this blog yesterday that I would run for 30 minutes today and, as I post this in the aftermath of that run, I am pleased to say that I did.
30 minutes of running around the hills of my home at a moderate pace was just what the doctor ordered. It hurt: actually it hurt a lot. Equally, if only for 30 minutes, my mind was clear and that was exactly what I needed at the start of what is likely to be another very busy week.
Bring on tomorrow and another 30 minute run. The distances run this week are not as important as the process.
I have not trained in 10 days: simply I have been lost in a sea of negativity and lost motivation.
I wrote on my other blog (shumpty77.com) of my attempts to lift myself out of this current dark period and, particularly, a need to not dwell on past failures.
That being the case: whilst I let my depression defeat me of late, I am going to look forward rather than back and set myself a simple goal to get this project back on track. Starting tomorrow (Sunday) I am going to run or walk every day for the next seven (7) days for at least 30 minutes a time.
This coming week is not about exercise or getting kilometres back in my legs. I just want to feel the positive energy I get from exercising again and want to start again without a goal other than the goal of just doing.
Once I get through this coming week I will get the training program back going again: I remain committed to getting to the start line of the Gold Coast half marathon on 6 July 2014 and will do everything in my power to do so.
Not going to lie: I have been a bit flat for a number of reasons this last week and unfortunately the darkness has succeeded in sapping my focus on this challenge.
Tonight though: as I sit in a hotel room in Cairns dripping sweat everywhere and ignoring the pain in my knee I have an enormous grin on my face. Why? Because I went for a run tonight. It was only 4kms with a 1.47km walk on the end because I got lost and could not find my hotel but jeez it felt good to be out and about again with my running shoes on.
The black cloud had blinkered me from the positive outcomes that come from running: a clearer head, endorphines and bizarrely the distraction of pain. I have to run more: it is that simple. So tomorrow that it what I will do.
My mojo may not be fully back but I will get there and running will help I think.
I am not a fan of Jane Fonda’s acting and would rarely have gone out of my way to read an interview with her. The quote in the title of this post thought appeared in an article posted on various popular news sites yesterday and compelled me to read more.
Fonda speaks of turning to exercise to combat depression and the fact that, essentially, exercising and the results of same was a signficant player in lifting the black dog from her.
As a sufferer of depression and anxiety myself, and having gone through a flat period over the last couple of weeks, I confess that I have found the running I have been doing as part of this project to have significantly helped me. The pain arising from the training efforts have certainly been a part of that process however I have also found the time to myself when I run has given me opportunity to think and process that which has made me flat.
When I run I am without distraction and that, coupled with the pain, I have found therapeutic. Even if I do not make my goal of running the half marathon (which I will but for the purposes of this post lets posit I may not), I have found an outlet that I have been searching for to assist alleviate the black fog that sometimes surrounds me.
Some of you will be aware that my birthday present for last year was an abandoned day of cricket at the Ashes. That factor, and the refund that went with it, has meant that I have the opportunity to select my birthday present. I have been considering getting an Adidas miCoach watch however I am torn between spending that amount of money on a watch and my keeness to replace my Nike + Sportswatch.
Don’t get me wrong: I have been very happy with my Nike watch. That said, I have found myself using the Nike + app on my phone more and more because I have been wearing shoes that do not have a place for a shoe pod and the connection with the satellite to the watch is pretty slow, particularly around my house in the suburbs.
Is there anyone out there that has purchased an Adidas watch and can give me a review? I have read the online reviews which consistently note battery life and band size as issues. I guess I am wondering whether these objections are real and are would be enough to stop me from buying the watch. Let me know on here or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I was pretty chuffed with how my worrisome left knee would pull up after last night: limited swelling and next to no pain. That being the case I tempted fate and went for another run tonight to really test it out.
I ran a solid 4km in 25 minutes before my knee started to hurt again and then walked for another 1.20km home. Am pretty happy with that.
During the run tonight I had two thoughts running through my mind:
1. A comment made to me by a mate who runs who has known me a long time which was: “you are too competitive and you will, at some point, think about winning races which will lead you to blow your self up so don’t be an idiot and do that”. I confess that last week when my knee had a twinge, like my mate Nostradamus suggested, I pushed harder thinking I was runner and not the hack that I am. That lesson as been well and truly learned.
2. I have not sweated like I have the last two nights I have been running since I played in the Under 15 State Cricket Carnival in Cairns in a steamy December over 20 years. All of this sweat must be good for me because back then I fitter than I have been and was cramping up at the end of play each day whereas I have not felt like cramping up so far this week.
All in all I am pretty happy with where I am at with this challenge. Bring on tomorrow and another sneaky / sweaty 5km.