TWIRL ’16: Week 4

Sunday: 1/24/16

  • 5 miles with one tiny walk break.
  • Feeling grateful for Sunday and not having to run around like a crazy person today.

Monday: 1/25/16

  • ran a hard 3.12 miles.  I’m not going to post the pace as, the more I run with my uncalibrated Garmin (my new one that I got for Christmas), the more I am feeling like it isn’t quite right.  What I can say is that I’m running at higher numbers on the treadmill and it is feeling harder so that has to count for something.
  • Feeling grateful of just the growth I have experienced in my life in the last 8 months.  This new job has changed a lot and despite the crazy stressful times, it also feels pretty damn fantastic, too.

Tuesday: 1/26/16

  • swim club – 2 kms – 1.24 miles
  • Feeling grateful for my bed. I am physically and mentally exhausted.

Wednesday: 1/27/16

  • 3.12 miles hard – approximate time 24:40…I say approximate as my Garmin was acting funny so I guessed based on the treadmill.  I did run progressively harder, which felt pretty damn good.
  • Feeling grateful that I got out and moved, as I didn’t feel like doing anything.

Thursday: 1/28/16

  • I worked…instead of working out.  It sucks, but after working a nearly 12 hour day, I was not in the mood to move.
  • Feeling grateful that I actually got some stuff accomplished.  I was hopeful that it meant for a calmer day tomorrow but I made the mistake of checking my work email before bed and I don’t think that is going to be the case anymore.

Friday: 1/29/16

  • curling lessons
  • run 3.12 hard miles in the work gym
  • Feeling a whole lotta gratitude for a calmer (though still insanely busy) work day.

Saturday: 1/30/16

  • 4.85 miles (1.5 a warm up walk)
  • I will be honest, it was hard finding something to be grateful for today.  My emotions were everywhere – I blame the exhaustion and stress of the past weeks and knowing it will continue for about four more.
  • I guess, at the end of the day, what I’m thankful for is the fact that my emotional health is better….that I allow myself to feel this stuff…get it out of my system and the next day, feel like my normal self again.  It’s taken a long time to get to this place and I’m immensely grateful.

Weekly run mileage: 19.21 miles

Total Swim mileage: 3.78 miles (6.1 kms)

Total run mileage for 2016: 55.03 miles

The Irony…

So the day I post about being too stressed to workout…I miss a workout due to work and being stressed. lol

But…I do feel better having taken the night off and some chatting with Nicole about My Diet is Better than Yours (Go Latasha!!!!!)…and I’m going to try and sneak in a run today during my lunch hour at work in the work gym since I won’t be able t gym it up tonight because I have curling.

Work is already heating up…so I am going to keep this post brief.  My goal today is to try to keep calm and not let myself get angry/agitated/stressed.  So I’m going to put on some good tunes (I’m thinking I’ll switch up between Mumford and Sons, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen throughout the day) take a few deep breaths and a few minutes of meditation in my office chair and day dream about this beautiful rainbow I saw as I drove home from work the other day.  Never thought I would see the day when there would be a RAINBOW in JANUARY in WINNIPEG!  (As an aside, since it was sorta sleeting, would it be a Sleetbow?  A Snowbow?  Those all sound so weird.  Hah!

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Much love and happy Friday!

~Princess Lisa

 

 

Too Stressed to Work Out?

I’m five glorious and horribly long weeks away from my trip to Australia.  With the way work is going lately, I’m confident that the time will fly by in an immensely stressful blink of an eye.

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A stressed Princess Lisa

My work stress levels haven’t been this high since the craziness of the summer.  The difference here is that, since I am eight months in, I feel more pressure to perform and there is more expected of me.  Despite the fact that stress is miserable, the challenge is quasi enjoyable.  It really is nice to be part of something and doing stuff that actually has a tangible impact.

 

I just wish that work wasn’t impacting my fitness.  Lately I’ve been struggling with feeling too stressed to work out…and I HATE it.  Generally, I set myself up for doing my 15-minute rule…if I want to quit after 15 minutes, I quit/move on to another activity.  This way you give it a whirl and if you are having a rough day, you just let it go guilt free.

But lately the high stress levels are making getting changed into my gym clothes feel like I am about to finish an Ironman.  I missed two days last week because I was beyond leaving the house again or doing anything that challenged me mentally.  It happened twice last week and I have to admit, I didn’t feel guilty in the least.  It is definitely not a habit that I want to get into, but there are times when you need to just breathe and employ a little self care.

I think the bigger struggle for me right now, is that I have very little mental stamina to run hard enough to show any sort of gains and get back to where I was in 2014 with my goals of running a 48 minute or faster 10K (current PR is 49 mins exactly) and a sub 1:50 half (current PR is 1:52:20).  When stress and mental fatigue has eaten into your energy stores (and likely other things), it can be hard to push…or at least I feel it is.

What am I doing about it- well, a lot actually.

  1. I’m taking a bit of the pressure off.  I haven’t been running harder consistently in about a year (Princess 2015 to be exact…my training sorta took a back seat for Pixie Dust due to Herbie the Hip Flexor), so it will def. take some time to get back, especially when I’m already feeling a bit depleted.
  2. I’m going to try my best to just move when I can.  If it’s not always a spot on training run, then it’s cool.  There is always tomorrow.  There is also workouts that aren’t running – hot yoga, swimming, biking, walking, classes….so many things – that are not likely to require what a hard training run requires.  And, on those days where getting dressed is an Ironman, I will stay home…and maybe do some therapeutic baking.
  3. Try and meet friends for fitness.  Having a date to workout def. helps in the motivation department.  I haven’t missed a swim class yet – and I’m confident it is because I meet my friend for the class.  If it wasn’t her, I may have only ever attended that horrible first class.
  4. REALLY WARM UP.  I start slow during my runs when I’m feeling crispy fried.  Starting out slow allows me to find a pace that eases me into my run…which is not all that different from how I start a half marathon.  Then, as I feel better, I bump up the speed a bit…which, for whatever reason, gives me some extra oomph to go even a smidge faster or to push the incline a little higher…even if it is in short bursts.
  5. Self care to the max.  I cannot say this enough.  The older I get, the more important that self care thing becomes.  A little preventative/maintenance self care can go a long, long way in protecting yourself from a big time burnout in the future.  So maybe add an extra 30 minutes to your gym time and have a sit in the steam room or a soak in the spa/Jacuzzi/hot tub.  Bring your tablet or some magazines to read on the bike while you burn some calories.  Get to bed instead of wasting time reading click-bait articles on Facebook or playing another level of Candy Crush (or whatever has replaced Candy Crush).

What do you do when stress impacts your workout?  Share your tips in the comments!

~Princess Lisa