Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Where Has My Mojo Gone?

Compliment
I forgot to mention a compliment I received at the gym yesterday. Normally I try to not make any eye contact with any of the men. Half the time I feel like they're ogling. Which I think is kind of funny because I certainly do NOT feel like hot stuff - maybe a hot mess - but not hot stuff.

Anyway, I had just finished warming up on the elliptical and was starting to set up for weights. There was a man over in the weight area and he had just pulled the plates from the barbell on one of the racks. I asked if he was done, and he was. He had the bar was set up high. So I started to pull the bar down so I could adjust the height and such. He started to walk over towards me and then stopped himself. He said, "I was going to ask if you needed help, but clearly you got it." It's nice being seen as strong and not some scrawny girl. This is why I love lifting weights.

Missing My Mojo
Today was finally, finally sunny. Even better, it was warm. A tad windy, but I'll take that since I got to see some sunshine. I was really dragging my feet about getting out for a run. I had packed up my bag to change at work then drive down to the river trail. I guess I've just been feeling in a bit of a rut. Same old think Mon-Fri. Day in and day out. Workouts are fairly planned out run, weights, run, weights, cross train, run, weights....you get the picture. Big old blah on the motivation front. I guess I'm sort of going through half training withdrawals. I was so incredibly focused on an end goal. Now I don't have that. I used to not think I was so goal driven, but maybe I am more than I realized.

I knew that it wasn't an issue of a rest day that was causing this lack of motivation. I also knew that once I got my butt outside and started moving, I'd be so happy I did. I mean, I am solar powered right ;-) As predicted, once I got my running duds on, I already had a spring in my step. By the time I got to the river, I was ready to go. And go I did. I ended up running a very solid 6 miles then finished up with 6 pickups. It felt so good when all was said and done.

I did realize, however, I'm going to have to re-acclimate myself back to running in warmer weather. It was 70 degrees, but man oh man it felt like dead of summer halfway into the run. I can hardly believe I used to run in 90 degree temps.

Way Easy Dinner
Tonight we're having baked sweet potato "fries" with some veggie burgers I had stashed in the freezer. It's the last of them, and I don't even know the flavor to be honest. Guess I need to add "make veggie burgers" to my to-do list this weekend. I figured that you have seen enough of my veggie burger/fry combos that I'll forgo the picture tonight. I'm kind of ready to just sit back and relax - and enjoy this late sunlight!