Just me again this week, folks. Moon has jetted off to Israel with her boyfriend and for some bizarre reason neglected to take me with her. But never fear – I have every intention of roping her into a solo post soon, lest you all go into Moon withdrawal.
That’s all right, I have things to tell you anyway. For starters, ask me how many times I intend to run this week. Go ahead, ask me. I’ll wait.
Ready? Okay. ZERO.
For the first time in what feels like forever, I will be taking a full week off from running. I’ve been toying with this idea for awhile now, ever since my runs started getting sucky again a couple weeks ago. It has been suggested by several people that sometimes you really need an extended break to recharge and get your mojo back. Makes sense to me. Problem is, a lot of my self-esteem and self-worth is tied up in running (Yeah, yeah, I know. Healthy).
What enabled me to finally take the leap this week is time, or rather, a true lack thereof. My ballet studio’s spring show is this weekend, and by consequence, here’s what my schedule looks like:
Sunday: Rehearsal at the studio, 12 – 5:30PM
Monday: Rehearsal at the studio, 5:30 – 8:30PM
Tuesday: Rehearsal at the studio, 5:30 – 8:30PM
Thursday: Rehearsal at the theater, 5:30 – 9PM
Friday: Rehearsal at the theater, 5:30 – 9PM
Saturday: Dancer call 12:30PM, performances at 3 & 7PM
Sunday: Dancer call at 12PM, performance at 3PM
Yeah. That doesn’t leave much room for running, unless I want to get up early/stay up late. Which I have done in the past. But I think perhaps, just this once, it’s okay if I ask a little less of myself. I’ll probably take a long walk on Wednesday, but that’s it. With any luck by next Monday I’ll be recharged and ready to rock!
The only issue? Like I said, running comprises a large chunk of what keeps me sane, primarily in the food area of my life. Psychology is complicated, but put simply, the equation is as follows: LONG RUN = I CAN EAT. Not running makes me feel extremely paranoid about my body, weight gain, etc.
So this week I am doing something that might be a bad idea – starting last Sunday through Friday afternoon I am calorie counting. Given my history of disordered eating, this may turn out to be a poor choice, but hey, I’m dialing back on the exercise obsession! One step at a time. I downloaded an app for keeping track of my intake and thus far I am finding there are pros and cons to the experience. I’ll do a full recap of my week on Food Watch next week.
Had enough of my crazy? Don’t blame ya! Go read these posts instead and rejoice:
– Run Eat Repeat highlights some common first time marathoner mistakes.
– We Run Disney discusses pacing another runner. (I owe everything to the Tinker Bell Half pacer.)
– Fit2Flex has a timely post about dumping food guilt.
– Fairytales and Fitness suggests some changes to runDisney races.
– Get motivated with Prairie Princess Runners.
– On the Go in MCO talkes about my man Sterling Holloway.
– Ironically enough, I can’t help but feature this new Mickey Pants Kitchen Sink as described by The Disney Food Blog.
– The Disney Tourist Blog has ALL THE MAIN STREETS ALL OF THEM.
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