Break’s over

December 4, 2006 on 6:27 pm | By | In Fitness Musings | 3 Comments

I admit it — I’ve been a slacker. In the 6 days after the half marathon my fitness routine consisted of three activities: zip, nada and a whole lotta nuttin’.

I know I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. There is such a thing as overtraining and I’m a prime candidate for it. But I also know that if I allow myself to slip a bit, it can turn into a LONG slippery slope. Granted, the weather last week was horrid (on Tuesday I needed chains just to get out of my client’s driveway!), but I was also full of other excuses — it’s too dark, I have to decorate for Christmas, I’m catering a party and need to plan, I have to write a post in my blog, yadda yadda yadda.

Well, the excuses ended yesterday. Because I had taken — in my mind — such a long break, I intended to run twice around Greenlake, or just under 6 1/2 miles. But then I came to my senses. WHY must I do that? WHAT am I trying to prove? I’m not training for any particular race (yet), so why bust my butt?

I realized then I had forgotten the joys of a short, quick run. The kind that gets your heart pumping, but doesn’t force you to collapse on the couch afterwards. In fact, it’s a great ego boost to think that running 3.2 miles is a no-brainer. A year and a half ago that distance would have gotten me red-faced and panting; now it’s just a jaunt.

So for the next 4 weeks I’m going to cut myself a bit of slack. I’ll still exercise (I was back at the gym this morning and will be heading to the pool tomorrow morning), but I’m also going to enjoy the holiday season. Come New Year’s Day my training program for my next caper will commence!

3 Comments

  1. Hi, Miss Betsy! Dig your blog, so fancy. In fact your whole website is mindblowing… I especially love the bean-buttons. Day off for me means get my running shoes on… and walk to the coffee shop and then hustle back home where it’s warm. Maybe I’ll set up my bike trainer?

    Loved meeting you, hope to see y’all again soon.

    Ciao! L

    Comment by Lesa — December 7, 2006 #

  2. So Betsy,
    I’m on this lemonade fast and what do I do but read your food blog. Was thinking about last years Christmas roast that you delectibly cooked up last year.

    I tried to make my own varied roasted nuts today based on the “SAHALE” brand. I made Kim chee flavored with seaweed and dried garlic and ginger, Jerk flavored, Mexican (chipotle-vinegar-mole), Asian ( with Sechuan pepper)and curry flavored.
    I used walnuts, pecan, or almonds and mixed them with apricots or raisins or dried banana or mango. I haven’t been able to taste test any yet because of the fast.
    Is that just NUTS?!

    Comment by Kim Rogers — December 7, 2006 #

  3. You’re TORTURING yourself! Stop it! (But those nuts sound damn good!!!)

    Comment by ovens2betsy — December 8, 2006 #

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