That title might be a bit of an exaggeration. However, I did eat 1.5 pieces of homemade wheat toast at the local cafe at my birthday breakfast with the fam. It was absolutely delicious but I do think the gluten has messed with my system. I can usually tolerate small amounts of gluten. I haven’t had any stomach cramping or unfortunate urges to poop at inconvenient times during my run, which is what happens when I have larger amounts of gluten or small amounts over several days. But, what I have noticed is that my resting heart rate has been elevated, I have three random pimples, and I just haven’t felt great. Having my new Garmin watch has helped me identify some of these more subtle changes. It’s certainly not the end of the world but it does help me feel more motivated to avoid even small amounts. It messes with my training and I don’t like it. I walked a mile and jogged a mile this morning to try to give my body more recovery time. I’m hoping to go for a long run as soon as my resting heart rate returns to it’s normal range.
Birthdays are great. The day after the birthday isn’t so great. I have stayed up too late the past two nights so maybe I’m just tired. I think I’ll head to bed with my 6 year old tonight. I did have a great day yesterday though. I got up and ran 2 miles through the cemetery, did some gardening with my youngest, took the whole family on a walk to my favorite local breakfast cafe, finished my current book, got some Allbirds in the mail from my hubby, and ate 2 servings of my homemade chocolate coconut milk ice cream. I really don’t know if I would have changed anything. It was pretty fantastic. Today I just felt like I had happiness hangover. That feeling when you’ve done something spectacular and then you have to go back to regular life. Blah. I did decide not to run this morning because I was just feeling tired. I ran a slow mile after dinner instead. It was the right decision. I’m hoping a little extra sleep perks me back up for tomorrow!
Tomorrow is my birthday. I apparently have gifts on the brain! I got to meet Mr. B at the lake this morning for a walk/jog. His wife was feeling under the weather so she couldn’t make it. She just finished her 2nd treatment for this round of chemo so it’s not surprising she wasn’t up for an early morning walk but we missed her presence. Cancer sucks. If you want to send her good vibes and strength through the universe, I’m sure she would appreciate them. Mr. B and I walked 2 miles and jogged 2 miles. We even went on the bike trail for a bit, which was a nice detour from the paved path. The weather was perfect, the scenery was beautiful, and the company was fantastic (although we missed you, Mrs. B). Happy birthday to me!
I have the day all to myself. It feels like such a gift! I didn’t get great sleep last night but I still wanted to get my hard workout in today so I decided to split it up. Early in the day, I ran a mile warm-up and then did 1/3 of my legs and back workout. A couple of hours later, I did the same. Around noon, I ran my 3rd mile warm-up and finished the legs and back workout. It really felt manageable, which is what I needed today. Tomorrow I am going to meet Mr. B and his wife at the nearby lake for a long walk and short recovery run.
I was completely exhausted by the end of the day as I had predicted. I decided to walk a mile and jog a mile instead of a hard workout. I definitely made the right decision. My heart rate was higher than usual and my pace was slow but felt hard. The run was utter sh*t. This is where I generally start down a slippery slope. My thoughts tend to jump to: “I’m so out of shape. I’m really overweight. I just haven’t been running far enough lately .” On and on and on. Obviously, none of that is true from one bad run. I have really struggled so far this summer to make myself a priority. With 4 children, it’s incredibly easy to find myself in 5th place on the priority list. This past week was an exception because of driving my boys to camp an hour away every day. I tried to make the most of it and they really had a great time so I don’t think I would go back and change it if I could. However, yes, my fitness has taken a backseat temporarily. I will need to be purposeful about resetting my priorities this week but I will also have to battle the negative thoughts that will plague me while I’m down. I generally keep a thankfulness journal and write down what I’m thankful for every morning. That was another casualty of this week. I think that will be a good place to start for getting back on track mentally. I know I need to get back on track mentally and emotionally before I can expect much out of myself physically. Everything comes back to kindness.
Yesterday I ran another mile since I knew I had a crazy busy day. It’s been a long week. My older boys are attending a song writers camp about an hour away from where we live. I thought they would be staying on campus but I was wrong. I’ve had to drive them daily. On Monday and Tuesday, I drove there and back twice so I could run carpool pick up for my daughter’s camp. I didn’t realize that I scheduled every summer activity for my kids during the same week. Another lesson learned. I’m not sure what today holds for my workout. I would like to do a lifting workout but I’m going to do it at the end of the day so I might push it to tomorrow if I’m really worn out by the evening. Time will tell!
Yesterday, I woke up to a heart rate that was back in the normal range for me. It was all I needed to give me the green light for a harder workout. I was crunched for time so I cut down my recovery intervals since I felt they were too long last time. I also increased my pace on my first interval. Turns out, that wasn’t a great combination. I wasn’t able to increase my pace at each interval as I intended. Lesson learned. I ran 4 miles to total with a half mile warm up and a little over a mile cool down. Today I ran a one mile recovery run at sunrise. It was absolutely beautiful today. I walked an additional mile to enjoy the scenery.