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Double Days and Dealing with Disappointment

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This was from my run last night! Right now I’m on an endorphin high and it’s because I’m finally getting into a routine of running. I cannot lie, fitting it all in for me is a very hard task. I work around 55 to 60 hours a week, I try to spend time with B when he’s actually home from work, since his schedule changes so often, I have friends and family that I try to see as often as possible and I do try to do my hair every day so I don’t look completely homeless. I try to cook and clean as much as possible around the house and sometimes it’s just a lot.

I struggle with dealing with the disappointment of skipping a run. In the past I would get really discouraged when I missed a run and would let it really derail my training. This time around I’m taking it all day by day and working my hardest to fit it in and still have a happy medium with my social life. I sometimes try to fit too much in and beat myself up over it, which isn’t fair to anyone. Running is fun, it brings me happiness and allows me to clear my mind but running isn’t my entire life. I need to remember balance and that missing a run isn’t going to completely ruin my training. I need to remember than when I spend time at home when B, or decide to take the dogs for walk instead of going for a run, I’m not ruining my training plan, instead I’m enriching my life.

Last week I was really happy with my mileage of 22 miles for the week. It’s been a long time that I’ve ran that much in a week. I have to get in 30 miles this week and I’m 1/3 of the way there already with 10 miles under my belt thus far.

Doing double days is difficult for me, but I know it’s going to all pay off when Ragnar comes around and I will be running on tired legs, quite a few times. I also know it will help with the Dick’s Pittsburgh Half two weeks after and I won’t be feeling tired and hopefully my legs will be fresh! I do know that when I am feeling a bit down, I watch the #runfor videos… they always are so inspiring and I would be lying to say I don’t look forward to them each week!

Monday I ran with B in the evening (he hates running) and I did a double day running 4 miles in the morning and 4 miles at night yesterday. My legs didn’t feel terrible after my morning run or my evening run and with Wednesday being my planned rest day I felt pretty normal. If I had time to go for a run I would have today.

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Tomorrow I have another long morning run of 7 miles and then Friday I have a shorter run, which I want to push the pace on. I want to run hard for 5 miles just to see where I’m at. Saturday I’m going to do another 8 mile long run in the morning and Sunday I will take a rest day for family activities and celebrating Easter! I would like to do a double day on Sunday, but it’s just not in the cards.

I have still been foam rolling a lot, and it seems to be helping my IT Band. My confidence is finally back and I feel completely normal when I run, instead of being so worried about how my legs are going to feel afterward. It’s a freeing feeling.

I’m just so happy to be pain free and able to run.

xoxo

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24 Comments

  • Reply Lauren @ Sassy Molassy

    Nice work, Danica! Juggling life, running and that many hours at work can be a real struggle. But yes, always good to remind ourselves that we can only do what we can do.

    March 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    So happy you’ve gotten your groove back! Since I started working from home I think I’m starting to look like a homeless person….

    March 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    “I do try to do my hair every day so I don’t look completely homeless.” Hahaha my favorite quote from this post! Me too, girl, me too!! I feel so guilty and bad when I take a rest day or miss a workout! It’s hard to accept I can’t do all the things all the time! Something I’m working on! Glad you’re in a good, pain free running groove :)

    March 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Max Sebring @ irongymreviewer

    I also have this feeling of disappointment if I miss my daily routine of running and it makes me feel unsatisfied for the rest of the day. It feels like I didn’t accomplish anything since I am really motivated to lose more weight. I can’t help it! I hope I can manage my time properly so that I would not feel disappointed. Thanks for sharing!

    March 29, 2013 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Efo

    That’s so great that you’re feeling ‘back in the groove’ with running. It’s such a motivating feeling. I feel ya BIG time, with trying to balance everything in life and running and whatnot. It’s hard. I’ve given up doing my hair before work. I’m ok with looking homeless :P Happy Easter weekend to you and your fam!

    March 29, 2013 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Beth (B.o.B.)

    Hey girl! I haven’t commented in a long, long while. Thought I’d swing by. I hear ya on the being busy and fitting in the workouts. You’re doing great, just gotta keep at it. Hope all is fab!

    March 29, 2013 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Heather Cook (@msheathercook)

    Great job :) It’s so nice when you can get things done despite a tough schedule.

    I’m an EMT so my schedule is very much like your husband’s … and I’m always working out at the end of a 12 hour shift … but I feel extra accomplished after a long day AND a good workout :)

    March 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply George

    I know how that disappointing from missing a workout is. It’s hard to balance everything along with a workout, but you seem to be getting back into the swing of things, which is good to hear!

    I look forward to seeing all of your improvements in your running and overall happiness! Best of luck!

    April 9, 2013 at 5:44 am
  • Reply Evi

    Good job! It is hard to balance it all and is sometimes frustrating when you have to give up something or another. But the more you take it day-by-day, the better you will feel!

    April 25, 2013 at 8:10 am
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