Saturday, May 14, 2016

#FitReaders: Not Every Day is a Good Day

Hello hello, #Fitreaders. This week sucked! The last thing I want to do in these running and workout posts is to give anyone the impression that this running and active living thing is easy.


This week the not-easiness of it sort of slapped me in the face. With continued pain in my foot I was off my mental game and really, fairly pissed off. While my C25K intervals have never been effortless, this Week 3 set has been especially difficult. In the first couple of weeks' intervals I could definitely see a sharp improvement in my abilities over the six days of running. This interval, not so much. I feel like I cannot get through a fucking 3-minute run without stopping.

I realize a lot of this is in my head. The other part is in my foot. And it makes me angry. Really angry. The anger hasn't really helped me get through any better, so I'm trying to increase my mental toughness and concentration. In the coming week I'll be embracing mantras for focus and inner calm.

Addendum: I did my third run of the week this morning. I rolled out of bed at 6:15 and took to the very overcast, cool streets. That, in combination with the mantra "Run light," and a wee-tiny, fast stride got me through those intervals that have been giving me problems. I kicked those intervals in the shins and kept on going.

I managed to walk/run 5Ks this week.

On to the number goals!

Sunday 5,962 (actual rest day)
Monday 15,101
Tuesday 16,071 (workout day and teaching night!)
Wednesday 13,373 ("rest" day)
Thursday 12,337
Friday 12,064
Saturday 17,187

Active Minutes
Sunday 0 (rest day)
Monday 82
Tuesday 77
Wednesday 50
Thursday 50
Friday 51
Saturday 103

How was your week? 


  1. Awesome job, Andi! I know some weeks are going to suck, and it's great that you get back out there and do it again. Last week was horrible for me - I was sick and didn't workout for 5 days. I felt down and moody and blah. And now that I've been out of it, it's going to take a few days to fully jump back in, which I hate. I hate not being on my game, but I know there will be good and bad weeks. You're awesome for pushing through!!
    I have lots of foot pain quite often and do a lot of stretches. That seems to be helping me. Hopefully you find relief from your pain soon!

    1. I'm addicted now, so I feel terrible and cranky when I can't go out. I'm not looking forward to that first bout of illness or injury that keeps me from it for a while. I hope you're feeling much better and it doesn't take too terribly long to get back into the swing of things, Brandie! Definitely interested in what kinds of stretches are helping you if you don't mind sharing!

  2. Great job pushing through!! And running is definitely an up and down thing. Some days I feel great and some I feel so so sluggish. And - sometimes I feel sluggish for months on end (like recently). I think the main thing to remember is try to increase your effort each time you go out...whether that increased effort translates into faster times/easier intervals will fluctuate depending on any number of things. But, you will know that you tried harder than the day before. I love hearing about your progress!!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! Definitely trying to keep the effort moving forward. On the days that the intervals are kicking my butt I typically walk/job further to make up for the effort I didn't do during a running interval. I'm also far better at everything early in the week and the end of the week. The middle is what gets me. Thanks for keeping up with my journey and giving your suggestions! I can't even tell you how valuable that is.

  3. We all have bad weeks, but it's great that you're able to recognize that and keep trying instead of just giving up. I had a good week as far as my goals went, but Friday night I had a self-sabotaging moment that involved a lot of pizza. I didn't beat myself up about it, though. Instead, I told myself I'll do better/make better choices next time. I hope you've gotten your foot checked out to make sure it's not the "normal" aches and pains that sometimes come along with a new workout program?

    1. I tend to be fairly reflective about this whole process--something I've never been before about exercise--so hopefully it sticks and will help me ride the waves through the tough stuff. Everybody has those pizza moments. Just keep trucking! I haven't gotten my foot checked's been going on for about a week and a half. I wanted to try icing first, and that seems to have helped dramatically. I do have a regular yearly physical coming up with my doc, so I'll ask her about it for sure.

  4. Wow! You are still getting the steps in, so be gentle with yourself on the running/exercise end. You are working on getting there, and that's what is important! Maybe repeat a week of the C25K if needed. But be gentle and you can do it. *HUGS*

    1. Definitely repeating the week. I started from basically nothing. No fitness work in a long time, so I do all of the C25K intervals for two weeks instead of one (so far). Week 3 may have to go on repeat again before I move on just to be sure I can take it in stride (pun totally intended).

  5. I love that you still managed to push through your bad week, Andi and most importantly, you shared it with us! That's the best part of this group...the support and motivation that comes along with it. We all have tough weeks and weeks where we feel like giving up, but the important thing to do is to share, do what you can fitness-wise - even if it means taking a day or two off, and then get back to it. We've all been there and this group is so amazing when it comes to cheering you on! I do hope you figure out your foot pain, though - you certainly don't want to aggravate it/damage it more by pushing too hard. Do you think insoles could be a solution? I know I was dealing with heal pain at one point and that seemed to work for me.

    Keep up the hard work, don't give up and know we're all rooting for you and here to cheer you on!!! YOU GOT THIS!!!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

    1. Loving this group SO MUCH! The support is great. I now I've become one of those people who talks about running and fitness ALL THE TIME, but I'm just so excited about it and on fire for it for the first time in my 35 years. It's so good to have a sounding board. Thanks for all your support Kristin!

  6. Yes, tough runs are part of running. Hang in there and don't get discouraged! I'm glad you got over the hump. I had foot problems too. I got an xray but it was fine. I changed my shoes and it helped, but I think my body just had to get used to running.

  7. You're doing great! I think there are lots of peaks and valleys in running. I often experience more of the valleys ;-) I think really the only reason I run semi-regularly is because I enjoy being outside and seeing all the other people also being active. I am not sure it has much to do with actually running itself.

  8. Yep! It's the crazy, maddening, glorious thing about running...every day is different and a lot of them just plain suck. How's that for a recommendation? HA! I've had people ask me if I really enjoy running and I say, without hesitation, "YES!" And then, of course, they ask what it is that I like about it...crickets. You're doing so well, Andi; keep up the great work!

  9. I feeeeeeeeel you. I went to the gym for the first time in over a week yesterday and I felt like a noodly legged fawn. Everything hurts today. It's never easy. Worth it, but never easy.


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