Last weekend, Casey and I went for a hike. It was a perfect fall day – crisp air, some leaves left on the trees, sun shining, blue sky. The trail was uncrowded and I was so excited to cross off a fun item on our fall list. The trail included waterfalls, breathtaking views, and a rocky climb to the top. By all accounts, it should have been the best. day. ever.
I was not feeling it. In fact, I came pretty close to ruining it and just giving up and heading back to the car. I don’t know exactly what the problem was, but I was having a hard time. Like gasping for air, lemme sit down and rest a minute, give me a gulp of water struggling. Honestly, it was so far from the fit, marathoner, I love exercise! persona that I had come to love and I felt… guilty. Angry. Embarrassed.
I was pretty glad that it was just Casey and I. I think I may have had a mental breakdown if there were other people with us who witnessed me in this state. I did my best to suck it up and just keep on walking… but I could feel his slight annoyance. I don’t blame him either. I am like the least patient person in the world, so being slow and feeling like the weakest link was killing me.
Slow and steady though. With Casey’s encouragement I made it to the top. Things felt much better up there, honestly. It reminded me of marathon training, and how there is a point in every run that you want to quit… but if you do, you never quite find out what you’re capable of. And the view from the top/finishing what you start is the best part!
So I am super thankful that I have a patient husband, and am kicking myself into gear. The post-marathon slump/blues is a thing! I have had minimal interest in running since May (when I’ve exercised lately it’s been more of “obligation/I SHOULD do this” kind of thing versus an “I WANT to do this” kind of thing) but now, I am ready to roll. I hated feeling out of shape last weekend.
Here’s my plan. Last year, prior to kicking off my actual marathon training, I participated in the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak – running at least a mile every day from Thanksgiving until New Years. I did pretty good – I think I only missed a handful of days. This year, I am kicking it up a notch. Starting on Halloween, I will run at least a mile a day until New Year’s Day (Oct 31 – Jan 1), and will track my runs on Instagram using #exerstreak2013. I would love company – feel free to join in! I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to head into the
dessert holiday season with a few extra runs under her belt (any excuse to grab an extra cookie, amiright?!!).
Lace up! Let’s hit the road.
*Photo from the summit of Hunger Mountain, looking Southeast (ish)