Sunday, September 17, 2006

TX Runner Girl is burnt out!

Life has been busy the past few days, so I hope this post will get me all caught up.

Friday
I managed to fit in 40 minutes on the treadmill before hitting the accounting problems. I have a test in 2-weeks, so I am getting nervous.

Saturday
School all day! I knew I had an Accounting test in 2 weeks. What I just discovered is that I also have my 1st case study due the same day! I did manage to have a yummy lunch at Barnaby's and stopped at the downtown Foley's on my way home to look for some cute sneakers to wear around town while sight-seeing in Chicago. I know, I know...downtown Foley's is actually now Macy's. However, I have been going there since I was a little girl...my "Nanny" (Mom's Mom) used to take me there during the Christmas holidays and during the summer for back to school shopping. I will ALWAYS call that location FOLEY'S! I remember the grand window displays, the restaurant upstairs, the bargain basement and hot chocolate at Woolsworth...yes, I am that old! I did find some cute sneaks (which I ended up getting at a different Foley's/Macy's)...for 20% off too, thanks to my coupon!

Sunday
Okay, I was stalling with my Foley's chit chat. Today, 11 miles was on the schedule. I did the usual bargaining with myself routine and decided that if I did 3 loops, I would be okay. I was dreading my run all day on Saturday. I mean, I have been getting up at 5 am all week to either run or do school stuff. I really felt like have a glass of wine or two Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday (well, as much as you can sleep in with an 1 1/2 year old early riser!). I even expressed my discontent to my hubby after school on Sat. Naturally, I didn't have wine or sleep in.

Sunday, I woke up later than I meant to. I couldn't find my favorite running shorts, which meant I had to wear the blues ones that ride up in the crotch area (TMI, sorry!), I could not find my watch for 5/1s, we were out of Gatorade and I realized when I arrived at the park that I did not bring a Gu. Yeah, I know, blah, blah, waaa, waaa! So, I again bargained with myself. I did this throughout my entire 1st loop...and, I decided to do 2 loops and go home. That way, I wouldn't be rushed trying to get the kiddo to our play group. Yeah, well at least that's what I convinced myself.

I'll be honest, this runner girl is getting burnt out. I am tired of training for a marathon. (I don't know how some folks manage to run 6 days a week...I couldn't do it!) I had talked about maybe squeezing in Sunmart or White Rock just a few weeks ago, but the thought of training beyond 10/22 no longer sounds appealing. Lucky for me, I have classes (and a final) the day of Sunmart, plus a final and a project due the following week. Looks like I'll be too busy with school for either run. Not that I'll completely stop running after Chicago. Heaven knows, I can't live without running! But, I will definitely shift my focus to family and school and getting in a workout a few times per week, rather than family, school and marathon training. I'm hoping only run a couple of times each week and mix in some other forms of exercise as well. Oh well, I'll figure it all out after Chicago. Only 5 more weeks!

Run long & Livestrong!

4 comments:

Vic said...

You've got more on your plate than me at my favorite mexican food restaraunt. I think after Chicago, you're going to find some renewed joy in your running. Just running for the heck of it.

You are so going to rock Chicago!!! I can't wait to hear about it.

Sarah said...

I got seriously burnt out after Houston 2005 marathon, so I know how you feel. But just think about how great it's going to feel to finish Chicago!

elf said...

Training this summer has been a real struggle--we've had plenty of days where the heat and humidity were just brutal.

I know the marathon is still 5 weeks away. Don't think of it that way. Think about the taper being less than two weeks away. Work hard through that last really long run. Then, go out for a nice dinner, have a couple of glasses of wine, and take the next day off to celebrate the fact that the hard work is done.

Two more weeks. You can do it.

--Erin

TX Runner Girl said...

Thanks Erin, I needed that. Actually, I am doing my 21 miler a week early (this weekend)...then bring on the vino!