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After a week of juicing and getting back on the wagon with food and exercise, my stomach is actually really upset. I know it’s my own fault, and that my body is just detoxing the ridiculous amounts of diet soda, kettle corn, and random crap that I stuffed it with during finals week, but it’s still mildly unpleasant. It’s almost over though — my energy levels are going up again, and my workouts are getting less sluggish.

Speaking of workouts….I’ve completely lost my mind and started training for a marathon at the end of February. I’ve started a free “couch to marathon in 20 weeks” program off of the Run Trainer app, but I’m looking into some of the Hal Higdon plans and I think I’m going to start the Novice 1 program next week. The marathon is still 19 weeks away and the plan is only 18 weeks, so it gives me a little bit of time to tweak the plan a bit. It’s better for me to have my long runs on Mondays, so I need to shift everything accordingly. The only downside to the plan is that even though the plan is viewable for free online, to get the app to track it on my iPhone I have to pay for it. I’m kinda stingy lol, so I’ll probably just print a copy. I can keep tracking with the Run Trainer app though, and I’m curious to see if I can get it to mimic the plan with some tweaking. I’ll keep you updated!

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Today’s run — The boys will join me in the stroller once the sun starts to go down 🙂

I’m pretty nervous about his, because I still have a significant amount of weight to lose and I’m so far from this goal right now that I’m pretty intimidated by it. The thing is, I need something really big to shake things up right now. I’ve been actively trying to get back into shape for 6 months, and I’ve been doing nothing but fall off the wagon again, and again, and again, and again. It must be so painful for you to watch (or read)! I was never that kind of person. I lived in the gym, a two-hour workout was short for me, eating healthy (or at least proper portion sizes) were second nature, I easily drank a gallon of water a day…my habits weren’t perfect but they were overwhelmingly healthy. I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble getting back to that post baby, but I really think that I need something to jolt me out of my rut.

A marathon may seem an odd choice, but I was actually inspired by one of my sisters. She ran another marathon recently, and even though the weather conditions weren’t favorable (it was HOT) and she was having some minor joint issues, she busted her hiney and pulled out a really good time. She was about ten minutes off of her goal, but she wasn’t discouraged at all. She’s just more determined to come back next year and hit her goal! I want to have that same winning attitude, and a marathon seems the perfect way to start to embody that fighting spirit! I’m nervous and excited, but when it hits marathon day I know I’ll be ready!! 🙂

What do you do to shake yourself out of a rut?

Do you like to race? Do you have any races planned in the near future?