Last year, I made a goal to complete the Mount Robson 50 km Marathon, and I did it. It was really exciting. While training, I used this blog as a way to keep motivated. I’ve had a few people say that they related to me and/or enjoyed following my progress.
Since Mount Robson, I’ve continued running; in fact, I’ve run 800 km this year (more than I’ve ever run at any point in my life). You would think that I would be in the best shape of my life; however, if anything, I seem to be getting less and less fit. It’s super frustrating, and I’ve been getting unmotivated.
I think the reasons for these declines in fitness are multifaceted.
1. Although I’ve been running more, I haven’t had the time or energy for hiking, climbing, or biking this summer–all activities that I have regularly enjoyed in the past. I need more strength training.
2. I feel like my eating habits have been slipping over the last few years. I’ve been eating out more often than I’d like to admit and I have a tendency to binge eat (mostly anything that has sugar and simple carbs).
3. I’ve been working out of town predominately which means I miss home when I’m gone, feel unmotivated to drive to go on adventures, spend more time sitting in a month than I’d like to (driving…), and have a very difficult time establishing routine. I love my jobs, and I will need to discover better systems if I don’t want sabatoge my health.
4. It’s been a stressful year.
Between a busy work schedule, lots of commuting, feeling sluggish from inadequate nutrition, and feeling overwhelmed from the constant frustration that I appear to have no self control over what I eat, I have a difficult time summoning the motivation to want to exercise or engage in adventures outside of running.
I would like to make a few new goals:
1. Run 1000 km in 2017. I’m so close already, so why not..
2. Eat healthier. I’m not 100% sure what this entails yet. I’d be interested in talking to a counsellor, life coach or dietician. I’d prefer to explore my motivations for bingeing rather than trying to stick to a restrictive plan. This is less about weight loss and more about feeling healthy for life.
3. I am training for a 16 km trail run in Victoria on December 9th.
4. I’ve started doing simple strength exercises every day with the goal of slowly increasing my baseline strength and hopefully eventually doing more strength training. For now, I’m just doing 5 pushups x 2, 20 second plank x 2, and 5 one leg swats on each side x 2. Super simple, but completely realistic no matter how tired and unmotivated I am.
I’m open to ideas and, obviously, support! I am thankful to Sean, and my wonderful family and friends who have always encouraged me and joined me for runs and other adventures.
Thank you for listening to me 🙂