Running on Empty (Motivationally Speaking)

Hey Folks!

Happy Small Monday!  Today I’m posting about something that I loathe…that is runner burnout.  Since running the Minnesota Half (which I still need to post a recap about…oops), my motivation and energy to run have been steadily decreasing.  I’m still pushing myself to run hard, but my heart isn’t in it. I’ve tried to push past it…and I have done so successfully a few times…but ugh…not so much last night.

I tried sneaking in my tempo run last night and I quit at five miles (was aiming for seven).  Mentally, I was just done.  I was feeling a bit discouraged by my 10 miler the day before (was supposed to be 14…stupid hips)…and worries me as my last chance to hit Sub 1:50 happens in about 19 days.  Oy.

I’m hoping that the burnout fades quickly, especially since I will have a slight hiatus on running while I celebrate my birthday this weekend….and I guess, if not, I will be forced to consider moving my Sub 1:50 goal to Princess and also losing my Corral A streak for runDisney races.  I guess worse things can happen, right?!

This begs the question, aside from some time away, how do you beat the running burnout blues?


~Princess Lisa

Monday Monday

Meh.  I am not feeling Monday this week–are you?

My weekend went by way too quickly.  I really feel like working four day weeks should become a thing–even if it means four 10-hour days, it seems like it would be worth it…no?

But I digress.  The weekend was pretty darn fab, minus hip pains that cut my 14 mile long run to a 10 mile run.  I got to face time with my Aussie friend and her daughter.  I got to see an old friend I hadn’t seen in awhile.  Worked out, caught up on laundry and even squeezed in a bit of quality relaxation time.  Heck, I didn’t even fall off the rails when it came to eating–I had a few treats, for sure…but not many.  I’m pretty proud of that. :)

I need to snap out of my Monday blahs though as there is so much fun stuff to come!  Wednesday I am baking my birthday cake for myself.  My dad scored two front row tickets to see Tom Petty on Thursday last night (my older brother and I are going to go together).  I have a Friday night birth-date with my friend C to watch Frozen at the local park with lots of snacks and maybe some incognito cocktails.  Saturday is the big day and I have run club, followed by a hair appointment and then dinner and Wicked with one of my besties.  Sunday I have a friend from out of town coming over for birthday breakfast, followed by a party to celebrate the end of True Blood with my friends.

Btw–I have no idea how I am going to fit any sort of fitness into this schedule, but a girl can hope.  If the weather cools down a bit, I might sneak in the odd lunch run here and there or maybe work through my lunch so I can leave an hour early and get my rear running!

Much love and Happy Monday!

~Princess Lisa

P.S. 45 days until Vacation! :)

Friday Five: Highlights of Being 33

8 days until I am 34.

Holy f@ck!

Pardon my French, but seriously, I really don’t know where the past year has gone.  Especially when yesterday afternoon at work felt like it lasted 100 years! lol

Aside from my utter shock and confusion of how years go by so quickly and afternoons at work feel like an eternity, I’m actually ok with turning 34.  35 might be different, but I sorta like 34.  I feel like it will be a year of positive transition….and who knows, maybe if I just make that my mantra it will come to be. :)

33 was a pretty great year with a few, rather impactful lows.  I have improved my running, overcame injuries and got some sweet, sweet PRs in the last year.  I have taken positive steps in my life in terms of saving money, establishing a proper bed time (no more 2am nights for me), eating in a more balanced manner and trying to take more time to just be and do nothing, which was initially hard, but now I sorta love it and crave that chill solo time.  In terms of the lows, it’s about family.  My dad being sick (and is now fortunately healthy) was hard, but I think losing my grandfather was the top and it is still something I still can’t really think about because it hurts too much.

So…without further ado, here are the five highlights from my year of being 33 on this crazy ol’ planet earth!

1.  Kicking butt and getting a Double PR at the Dumbo Double Dare last year.  I won’t write much about it because I have written a ton about it already, but it was def one of the best things that happened to me in the last year…and it happened only a week after my actual birthday–talk about perfect timing.

2. Doing things just because you want to or you can.  For instance, having champagne to celebrate running the Resolution Run 5K on New Year’s Day in -100,000 degrees, wearing your fancy shoes out, even if the event might be more casual or indulging in a cupcake for breakfast because it’s there and looks tasty and it ISN’T your birthday.  I’ve found that taking these little chances/liberties/whatever you want to call them is making life a lot more fun.

3.  Baking.  I baked a lot of really cool things in the past year and even did some baking with friends.  Can’t wait to see what other kitchen challenges I come up with in the future.

4. Family Strength is key and I’m surrounded by a TON of it.  Losing my grandfather meant that my family on my mom’s side (which is rather dysfunctional) meant the non looney tunes had to band together and help out.  My dad even helped, which was amazing as well, these are his ex-in-laws…and he was still there and helped them and me out so much during this crazy, though time.  Also, watching my grandma pick up the pieces…she struggles, but she is fighting…and that is wonderful to see.  I want to be her when I grow up.

5. Watching Frozen.  I was a bit late to the game, but that movie has brought me such joy this year, that I simply had to mention it. lol.  Yes, I’m not really going to be 34….more like 3 or 4. lol.

Happy Friday folks!

~Princess Lisa