National Weather Person’s Day
Before I talk about the title of this post, Pushing Past Status Quo, I want to say thank you to Blue Bell Ice Cream for sending me these goodies for National Weatherperson’s Day.
It’s so nice when someone says thank you for doing your job!
Let’s be clear, I will run for ice cream, as it is my absolute favorite sweet indulgence. The new flavor - I “heart” Chocolate is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Muh-haaaa…
Pushing Past Status Quo
Now for a little running heart to heart. I haven’t been writing as much in the past few months about my current running regimen or specific training plans. That’s because I have been operating in a running status quo. 3 miles, 3 times a week with cross training 2 other days a week. Running the same thing all the time doesn’t make for the most interesting blog post!
The reason I sort of backed off my training is I hit a bit of a running obstacle sometime in October. I developed more breathing troubles while running. My vocal chords have actually been constricting on me when I run, making it very hard to breathe at times. My lungs and asthma are doing well and are currently well maintained, so this development really surprised and frustrated me. I know I’ve briefly alluded to these problems a few times on the blog, but I don’t really want to focus on them because I’m so over writing about health problems.
The good news is that I have worked through some of those issues and I’m running a little easier these days. I was lucky enough to keep getting the miles in even when I was having the most trouble, but there have been days where I have had to stop running in the middle of a 3 mile run to catch my breath. I think it is going to be an issue that I just have to face on a run to run basis. With that in mind, I’m actually pretty grateful that I’ve been able to maintain status quo.
I used routine to allow my body to figure out how to run without so much struggle. Sometimes status quo is a good thing and can keep you going when you are busy or having issues like this.
It’s time though.
It’s time for me to push past status quo.
My legs have been itching to do some longer runs. My mind has been wishing for the clarity and joy that comes with running farther. I can feel it. So I did this.
Yup. 4 miles. A slow (for me), and poorly executed 4 miles, but it felt so good to do something a little different.
I think it’s important in running and in life sometimes to push past your status quo. It’s good for the muscles and mind to shake things up. It’s good to surprise yourself.
I’m still not putting an official training plan down on paper, but I will be shaking it up a bit.
And maybe if I’m lucky, we will have some noteworthy runs to write about.
What’s your running status quo?
How has your running been going lately?
I've been nursing a strained hip flexor recently, so nothing more than 1-2 miles here. It's getting quite boring but I'd rather spend some time not running than run a lot and have an injury I can't come back from.
Good call! Sometimes you can come back from injury stronger if you play your cards right. Good luck!
Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie says
I am so jealous of your free ice cream! That's a perfect gift right there.
I took some time off of running after my marathon, but I'm back in training mode now with a half at the end of the month. I think that signing up for races helps me to an extent stay out of the 'status quo' realm because I have to force myself to run and do things for training that I wouldn't typically do.
I'm proud of you for pushing past your personal status quo! 3 miles is a my favorite distance to run: ) So I know that even doing a mile over can feel like a real challenge! Go, girl!
Thanks Stacie! Good luck at your half at the end of the month! I'm looking forward to reading about it!
My running has been mediocre lately. I'm running, but not too far. My exercise, though, has been excellent. This is the first time in quite a while that I've done something other than running (I have access to a fitness center at lunch, and it's free, so it all helps.) I have races in my future and I'm really excited about the weather warming up so I can get back out there more often! (Too bad you can't change the weather for us, instead of just predicting/telling us what will happen. I need a weather-changer!) 🙂
Exercise at lunch sounds great! I sometimes do a yoga DVD on my "lunch" break which is really mid morning 🙂 Always makes me feel good to go back to work.
If I could make the weather it would be sunny and 75-80 all the time! I can't wait for spring... this winter STINKS!