Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Dreadmill

First, a few of the reasons that I didn't run yesterday either:

1. Hubby's Birthday - chicken wings, hot dogs and poutine to be consumed.*
2. Laziness - I just wanted to lounge! Since I usually do a longish run on Sunday, I get to chill after work on Monday and that's a hard habit to break.
3. Foot issues - this stubborn pain in my foot is there one day, gone the next. Still not sure what to make of it.

*Since tapering for the marathon, my eating habits have been on a downward spiral. I've been stuffing my face left, right and centre and it is not going easy on the waist line. As of today I am officially back on the healthy eating bandwagon. Keeping track of what I'm eating/drinking, making sure it's all (mostly) healthful, nutritious stuff. October is a difficult month around here with hubby's Birthay, Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, my Birthday on the 13th, two softball banquets, 4 other family Birthdays and a partridge in a pear tree! So to prevent myself from gaining 10 lbs this month (in addition the the few I have already put on), I had to take control now.

Anyway, about the dreadmill. (Can't remember which one of you I stole the term from (and I apologize for that!) As of today, my membership at the gym is re-activated and I hit it up for a workout. Since my foot was cooperating today, I did a little 3-miler first and then a 30 minute weight circuit (I can't move my arms). I don't enjoy the treadmill at all... you might even say I hate it. I sweat like a you-know-what, feel like everyone is listening to my breathing and staring at me, can't take my eyes off the numbers on the screen (which mean nothing to me anyway because it's all imperial - aren't we in Canada?!) AND it's extremely boring. I sucked it up and will continue to do so at least a few times a week. The only way I'll drag my butt to the gym for any cross-training/strengthening is if I'm using the treadmill as well, and it'll be good for some interval workouts which I plan to start once I'm fully recovered from this marathon business.

Going to watch some Biggest Loser now to remind myself why I should not be eating the way I have been...

8 comments:

Melanie said...

don't be hard on yourself, you deserve the break after what you've accomplished -- besides, i was told that there are no calories when you're celebrating someone's birthday... is that not true??? :)

Marci said...

I'm with Melanie, don't be too hard on yourself. Your body is just telling you what you need and you with regain balance soon. I am so looking forward to stuffing my face this weekend! Is that bad? LOL

Zorbs said...

If you're looking for someone to kick your ass at the gym, look for Mario. He's the health centre manager. Tell him I sent you!

Julianne said...

oh goodness, i totally feel the same way about the dreadmill.. and hate it for the same reasons! it's probably good thing to take a day off, especially with your fickle foot. besides, it was your hubby's birthday! :-)

Marky Mark said...

I SO relate to what you're saying. I developed some bad eating habits which I can get away with when I'm running 35 miles a week but can't get away with at 15 or so. And I also have a sore foot-maybe 4:42 of running is a hard stressor on the body!

I'd say take it easy until the zoo run and do what you're doping with eating and then have a good race.

Will try to say hello at the zoo run!

Jess said...

After a marathon, I think it's fine to indulge a little and enjoy a break from all the hard work you put in for several months.

*aron* said...

GAH i hate the treadmill too!

you definitely deserve a break though! that's one of the great reasons to running marathons is the celebration (which includes a lot of eating) after :)

Marcy said...

Ohhhh girl I'll be joining you soon enough! I'm doing nothing for awhile after the marathon. Then I'll have to jump back on the good foods bandwagon LOL