Running: The Mind Game

I have been running in some way or form for years. I played every sport in the book since gradeschool. This includes basketball, soccer, field hockey, track and field, cross country, softball, even tee-ball! I was on the Yankees tee-ball team with all boys in little league. In any event, although I stopped playing sports when I went to college, I continued to stay active (for the most part) and running stuck with me. It’s an unexplainable high that you cannot reproduce. When I had my two hip surgeries, it killed me to not be able to run. It was the bike and the ellyptical only. It’s not that I dont use these regularly, but when I am told that I can’t run it’s a little different.

The reason that this topic came to mind is because of what I did this morning.

This includes a 2 minute warm up and 2 minute cooldown

I have fallen off the “long run” streak that I had going for the last year. About 2 months ago my right hip started acting up and I went to see my surgeon. He said I did not need any procedures done, but there was some inflammation and I should goto physical therapy and take it easy on running. This is when I began intervals. I started doing a lot of incline walking mixed with quick sprints. I love intervals but I missed the feeling I got after a true long run. For me, 7 miles is a lot because of my hips, but I still someday hope to build up to do atleast a half marathon.

Today I woke up not really feeling the gym, but I snapped out of it and told myself to just get up and do what I can! After a quick ab routine I hopped on the treadmill thinking I was just going to do some intervals for 45 minutes and call it a day. After alternating 2 minutes of sprinting (8.0) with 3 minutes of jogging (6.5), I kept going and increased from 7.0 to 8.5, etc. I remembered how much of a mind game running is. You keep telling yourself that you are going to stop but when you hit that marked time that you set for yourself, something tells you to keep going. I equate it to lifting when you feel like you just can’t do anymore because it hurts but you just push yourself because you know how it feels afterwards. I got to 50 minutes and I was at about 6 miles and decided to just bust out the last mile and get back to where I was a few months ago. I sprinted at 8.0 and 8.5 before doing my cooldown. It felt so good to leave the gym completing 7.15 miles! It always happens like that – on days when I think I just can’t do it. On days that I try to plan it, I find that I never end up completing as much.

The next part of my day was exciting to me but probably not to you. I left the foot doctor feeling like a new person. Speaking of running, it has seriously killed my pretty feet. I had new orthotics made, had calluses removed, and got a topical treatment for my crazy running toenails. Yeah, all the gross stuff you don’t want to hear about. Yet, I continue to run. Only some will understand.

Foot molds!

It is disgustingly humid today, which is why I was a wet dog after running, and why my hair is in a wet bun for work. No point attempting any sort of hairstyle today in NYC.

Lunch

I have always seen Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers and wanted to try them. After seeing pictures from Fit-Bloggin on everyone’s recap’s, I decided to pick up the california style veggie burgers for this week’s lunch. I put it on the usual whole wheat sandwich thin with muenster cheese and paired it with veggies and hummus. The burger was packed with veggies and super yummy. You can see the edamame chunks when you bite into it. Very pleased – this is my new goto veggie burger!

Excuse all 4 iPhone photos today. My excuse is that I obviously won’t bring my camera to the gym and then I just plain old left my point and shoot home.

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