Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Have you seen...

My groove????


I was carrying on in my last post about being so relieved to get back into my routine and get back on track. Unfortunately, it hasn't been such a smooth transition. My body is going through the motions (albeit reluctantly) of going to bed at a reasonable time, waking up with the [cringe] alarm clock, sticking to my nutrition plan throughout the day, actually getting some work done, running after work (...rinse and repeat...), but my mind is still trapped somewhere between vacation mode and real life mode.

I didn't go to my fitness class last night because I just didn't feel like it. I went out for the short run I had planned (5.5K), but dragged my feet through all 32 minutes of it. And then I ate cereal for dinner.

And right now, it's about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, I'm slurping a diet coke (ahem, vice) and watching the clock and all I want to do is go home and curl up on the couch with last few chapters of Breaking Dawn. But alas, hubby and I will be heading to the gym and then to the grocery store and then eventually home to try to concoct something reasonable for dinner.

Tonight's run is 9K (5.6mi) with 40 minutes at steady state pace. I often do my SS runs on the 'mill because I find it virtually impossible to control my pace outside (something to work on). I generally try to avoid distances greater than 4 miles on the dreadmill, but I have some new music on my iPod so hopefully that will help.

And hopefully I will soon get my groove back so I can start embracing the routine instead of resenting it. *sigh*

23 comments:

tfh said...

Cringing at the alarm clock. Cereal for dinner. Thank you for reminding me I'm not the only one struggling to disengage from vacation mode. When you find your groove, please provide a route map and directions for the rest of us.

Marcy said...

When you find yours, can you help me find mine as well? I swear it must be a "northerner" thing. ;-)

Melanie said...

hopefully your next post will be 'how Marlene got her groove back'. It's the weather, the short hours of daylight, post-holiday season blahs... hope it's short-lived. {hugs}

BeachRunner said...

Winter sucks!

aron said...

ohhhhh you are almost done with the books! what do you think :)

you have to finish those first and then find your groove lol :)

Janice {Run Far} said...

getting back into the groove is so hard sometimes. Just keep on keepin and things will settle.

Great books by the way. I read all four, and saw the movie, sisn't just love the movie.

joyRuN said...

I can't control my pace to save my life either. I'm all over the place! When you figure both those dilemmas out, give this poor girl a hand over here.

Heather said...

I know how you feel - I just keep thinking that if I force my body to keep going, my mind will eventually catch up. hope you have a good treadmill run tonight!

Road Warrior said...

I think you have the natural post-holiday blues. The weather's not great and you're just trying to get back into things. Give yourself a day or two and you'll be back there.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Okay Stella get your groove back.

Denise said...

I'm in completely the same spot. Happy to be back to my routine, but mentally just not there and in a funk!

Jess said...

So, whatcha thinking of Breaking Dawn? Personally, I thought it was the worst novel in the series, but I'm interested to hear differing opinions.

And, I always think of January as the "Monday of the year." It's a drag just like Monday is a drag. You're still partially recovering from the weekend (holidays), but partially getting settled into the routine of the week (rest of the year). It's never an easy transition

J said...

Sometimes I just want to go home and curl up with my book too! I hope that the run goes well. Holding a certain pace is easier (i think) when its not winter and windy and cold!

The Happy Runner said...

Sometimes you just need to curl up with the book and say routine be damned!

lindsay said...

um i love cereal for dinner! :) i hear ya on the alarm clock though. not my friend.

hang in there. no one ever says "man i wish i didn't go out for that run" once they get back you know. make mini-deals with yourself - just 10 minutes, or just 2k... and hopefully once you get to your set landmark you'll feel better and extend it out a little further, a little further, until you've completed your run/workout! it's always hard to get back into any routine, just remember you enjoy this one (the running/working out part, maybe not so much the work part) :)

Marci said...

The weather out right now makes it extra tough! I have been a big grump all week.

RECkate said...

It's alright...Edwards got you dazzled:) I got behind on EVERYTHING...sleep, school, work while reading those books. Best 2 weeks in a long time! lol

yumke said...

Ah, the training blahs.. Winter is the most dangerous time to get them.. :)

Laura said...

I was totally feeling the same way..until we started hill training which involves running the last hill in the Around the Bay race. My rut has been shattered.

Brian said...

Like Stella, you will get your groove back :).

I also have trouble finding a steady pace off the treadmill and I hope to figure that out soon, hehe.

JenZen said...

I second the "dreadmill" comment! HA. That made me laugh. Oh yeah...pretty much anything over 4 miles and I'm about to stab myself in the eye from boredom. New music totally helps though!

My garmin helps with the pace outside. I have it scream at me when I alter it below/above the set pace.

ryc: Oh yeah - I'm sure I was flailing around like a fish out of water on the treadmill. Ha!

Shoe Running said...

You'll get back into the groove! Maybe you're working too hard and just need a break...?

Gotta Run said...

what are you talking about?.... you are in the groove so keep it moving!!!!

Love the "rinse and repeat"...so true.