Friday, June 1, 2012

Ebb and Flow

Since my shitty race last week I have been taking some much needed "down time". I have been a runner for 20+ years and I have come to realize that not all things are going to be "Crimson and Clover" Have you ever had a race that you trained your butt off and failed to meet your expectations? Or have you entered a race with little to no idea about how you would do, and then you blow your own socks off?

I think I have been in training mode for the last year. Trying to loose the baby weight, thinking about my next race, and trying to be a good runner wife mommy.

Lately I haven't felt like training. So far this week I have been in the weight room twice, and the pool once for cardio. I also took my son out twice for two four mile walks.

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is to listen to Slacker radio and to listen to their "Adult Comedy" station. I put my son in his stroller and I put my ear buds in. I listen to everything from Dane Cook, Eddie Murphy, Artie Lange, Lisa Laminelli, etc. Really raunchy stuff. It's junk food for the brain. I get to zone out and just laugh my ass off.

But back to running. I am so annoyed with the abundance of motivational posters on most running blogs and websites. These images do not impact how I feel about running/training.

Ultimate Goal Art Print

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This skinny lady is running through the Forrest maybe I should go run.
I know this is just a bit of PMS and burnout. I don't have any big races up ahead. I've been pretty rigid with my schedule considering I have a little one. I think I'm just going to take it one day at a time and smell the "roses".  I'm going to enjoy splashing around in the pool and my weekend morning runs with my son.

It will be there when I get back. I'm not taking a break from running or blogging. I'm just taking a break from the seriousness of it all.


  1. I blame running shoe companies for the trend in those motivational posters. They do the posters well, but then you have a bunch of wannabes making their own versions and it just comes out corny. Plus, the people rarely look like they're struggling and is super fit and that's just fake.

    I'm taking a break from serious running too and will be spending more time in the weight room. I like weight training

  2. This made me laugh out loud!!!!!!!!! You absolutely must check out Emma's article on motivational posters. And read my comment! Absolute rubbish. :D
    I listen to 'small business big marketing' the #1 small marketing podcast on iTunes. It's produced out of Australia and is phenomenal (the newer episodes - the earlier ones were kind of rubbish). Mwah! :) x x x

  3. I second with you on the motivational posters. It's summer Dolly and I'm glad to hear you enjoying running for running and taking a break for racing. You are right, it will be there when you get back. Perhaps take a trip to Great Basin National Park or somewhere remote and run in the wide, quiet, open desert. I like that feeling sometimes when there's nothing around and nothing to think about.