Hello! Almost Friday which means my long weekend is almost here, woohoo! I’m in such a good mood. It’s going to be a hectic Friday and weekend but I love being busy and ticking things off my to-do list and, of course, a nice long sleep and the chance for an extended run. During the week I can only really run for about 50 minutes as I need to get ready and drive the million miles to work (OK, it’s not that far, but sometimes it feels like it). And as much as I love running, getting up earlier than 5.30am is just not going to happen. I love sleeping much more.
I don’t really run in the evenings because I find that after finishing work I’m shattered and just want to cook dinner and then flop onto the sofa (in a very attractive and graceful way…*cough*). Then a short-time after that, I go to bed (yep, I’m that cool, people). Plus running for me is one of the best ways to get my energised and ready for the day. I’m in such a better mood after running and have so much energy. Not so good before bedtime!
So I can only run just over 5 miles in a morning in the week. Though saying that, I usually don’t want to do more than that anyway as I don’t have as much energy for it as I do at the weekend. The week runs are always a bit of a slog and generate a lot of self-hatred of “whhhhy am I out here when everyone else in the world is in bed??”. Whereas I see my weekend run as an unconstrained run where I can run as long or as little as I want and that sort of mentality really helps with the run. And getting up at 9am is a bit more of a friendly time!
Wednesday’s run went OK but, like I said, it’s always tough. The first mile is just me thinking of how I could just go home and then the other miles are me continuously pushing myself. I’ve never quit a run but psychologically it’s tough to keep the momentum going. The last mile is always the best and it’s that sense of achievement of finishing is always worth the pain (at least that’s what I’ve brainwashed myself into thinking!).
Do other people have this constant battle and happiness associated with working out? You love doing it but not necessarily while you’re doing it??
On another note, I wanted to share my MAMMONTH meal last night:
That’s chicken with a ‘sprinkle’ on it (a spicey mix of herbs and, er, spice), half an avocado, some cannellini beans stir-fried with some bell pepper and onions and a whole load of veg on the side. In retrospect, it probably was too much. Maybe I didn’t quite need the side of veg. I massively overestimated my hunger levels and stomach capacity. However, I did finish it. I did go to bed massively full and bloated though. It was damn good though.
And here’s what I wore yesterday:
The belt definitely came off post-meal…
Anyone else have the problem when they can’t stop eating something even when they’re full just because it tastes way to go to leave?
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YES!!! I totally know what you mean!! I also work out in the mornings like you do because I never feel like doing anything after a hard day at work. I run a mile and then complete the rest of my workout for about an hour and yes, I always complain that everyone else is sleeping 🙁 It’s always such a great feeling when I’m done and I always feel more energized, but climbing out from under the covers is the hardest part (and continuing to keep moving after).
It’s definitely a mental and physical battle to get started! Especially in winter when the alarm goes off and you’re like “no it can’t be getting up time as it’s the middle of the night!” as it’s so dark 🙁
Sometimes I have to talk myself into finishing my workout, but then the high hits me and I push on through. ; )
I always think that a workout only lasts so long, but the feeling afterwards can last all day – that kind of smug halo of “yep, I worked out today” feeling 🙂
Highly descriptive post, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be a part 2?