Yesterday, I pledged to be positive about my GORUCK experience, and send only emails or texts with legitimate questions about things I need to know, and no more along the lines of "OMG I'M FREAKING OUT PLEASE HELP ME". After all, I did sign up mainly by choice (peer pressure was involved only slightly), so at some point I did actually want to spend an entire night running with bricks.
It's time to live by my mantra. "What would Katniss do?" Did she sit down and cry and beg for a snack break when there were fireballs being launched at her? No, so neither will I. I think I'll be asking myself that question quite a bit tomorrow.
|When the DVD comes out, I'll never get anything done again.|
I got emails with a link for this jacket from two people within half an hour yesterday, which was also exactly two months before my birthday. Coincidence? I think not.
I feel like I go through peaks and valleys with exercise motivation, and this week is definitely a valley. I guess that's why most marathon plans have those step-back weeks included. The past three weeks have been pretty intense with training, so I knew I was due for a week when I just wanted to sit on the couch and eat chocolate cheerios. I think part of it is also that I could do nothing but GORUCK all week and still get in at least 10 hours of tough training, which I already consider a lot for a week.
I'm also feeling really burnt out with driving to workouts. I've been doing a lot of traveling to do rides with the tri club, or meet friends, or whatnot. Obviously it's good because I forces me to push myself so much harder than I would on my own. I would never have rode 20 hilly miles last Sunday, or done a 2 mile masters swim workout, for example. When I rode 50 miles by myself from home, an extra 45 minutes was added to my ride because my route had so many traffic lights.
However, it really adds a lot of time on to an already time consuming training plan. Last night, I had planned to meet the tri club for our usual Thursday night bike/run. I was really in the mood to use the beautiful weather for a run though. When I got home from work, I knocked out 7 miles (9:00 pace) right away instead of meeting the group at 6pm. I was able to run, shower, cook a real dinner, and eat all before I would have even been home from the group workout. I feel a little guilty because I know I need more practice with brick workouts, but it is what it is.
|Curry stuffed peppers > cereal for dinner|
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Do you work out with others, and does it make you push yourself more? Absolutely, especially with cycling.
Do you ever drive to workouts? Is it worth it? As long as the workout is longer than the drive, yes. AKA, I'm not driving 30 minutes for a 4 mile run, unless there is froyo after or some other incentive.