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Hormoaning

My body is being a bit… weird. Hormoney-weird. The last time this happened, I had to cut my mileage back to 50 mile weeks, which is what I’m going to do again.

After my injury in Mexico, I vowed to cut my mileage from 80-100 miles/per week to a much more realistic 50-60, but lately the 50-60 has been turning to 60+ miles per week and so now I have to write this out for accountability, that I gotta cut it back to 50 for a month or so to see if I balance out a bit.

Okay? Will you keep me accountable?

Meg told me she’d help me with weight training. I know I’ll need something to help me get the angst out, and I don’t know what the hell I’m doing with yoga and I’m much more confident lifting weights than doing upward dog salutations. I’m not allowed to hit people, and I hate giving the government so much tax money for ciggies, so I’m just going to have to pull up my big girl thong, slap on the acne lotion and deal.

I’m already at 22 miles, and it’s frigging TUESDAY. (Now it’s Wednesday, and I “only” ran 6 miles today so I’m at 28 so far). Jesus take the wheel.

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My new dashboard Jesus is going to be my daily reminder to not run so much. So help me God I’ll need it, with these weeks leading up to Christmas and all.

I need a meme or an inspirational quote to help me NOT run. I HAVE PROBLEMS. So, do you have a quote for me? A Bible verse? A singing telegram?

Do you have anything on your dashboard?

Do you store candy in your car? 

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Susie @ SuzLyfe December 1, 2016, 3:54 am

    I store candy in my car of course I do. And at work, home, and in my bag. It’s like you don’t even know me.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 1, 2016, 9:59 am

      I’ll call you Charlie.

  • Amy Lauren December 1, 2016, 7:07 am

    Of course I have candy in my car. Along with tons of clothes, newspapers, hoodies, etc. Honestly the car is like a moving locker room of running stuff.

    I agree with strength training and yoga… also I cross train with the Arc Trainer which is similar to running but less impact on the knees. I do think yoga is one of the best things a runner can do though, for cross training.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 1, 2016, 9:58 am

      You’ve got to be more careful though with having chocolate in your car, since it’s warmer where you live! I’ve made a giant mess with melted chocolate before. Oh, and I hate it when I’m eating chocolate while I’m driving, and a bit drops between my legs and melts onto the crack of my bum and then when I get up and walk around I have a brown smudge right where poo would come out. Has that ever happened to you?

  • Chelsea December 1, 2016, 7:45 am

    Oh sister I know that’s hard. I’m ramping up to train for another ultra in 2017 (my 4th one) and I lovvvve me high mileage. It’s so hard to cut back, taper etc especially mentally. But you do what you gotta do you know! Hang in there. Cross training has really helped me stay injury free over the years…weight training, YOGA, whatever works for you. Helps balance everything out for sure.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 1, 2016, 9:56 am

      Oh that’s SO COOL that you’ve done so many ultras!!! Four, eh? WOW. That’s amazing.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run December 1, 2016, 8:09 am

    I definitely think finding other activities for when you really feel like you need to run. Like you said, strength training, maybe a walk? Clean the house? Or just go run 1-2 miles BALLS OUT instead of an extra 5 in the afternoon.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 1, 2016, 9:56 am

      Yes, I thought of that too. I think it’s a great idea to just run super hard for a mile or two so that my face is purple. It gets out way more angst than a longer slower run! Thanks!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes December 1, 2016, 8:33 am

    Get a kettlebell! There’s so much satisfaction in swinging that thing around and it’s fantastic for the hips/core/glutes/posterior kinetic chain. I can’t tolerate the slowness of yoga either and kettlebell for me has always given the most-similar-to-running release. There’s a Jillian Michael KB video that is a great workout and swearing at her is a good substitute for hitting people.
    I don’t have candy in my car. I’m now reassessing that life choice.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 1, 2016, 9:55 am

      Ohhhhh! Thanks Laura! I’ll look up that KB video!! I’m interested!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets December 1, 2016, 1:52 pm

    I do not have candy in my car, although right now I’m wishing I did because I’d be shoveling it into my face by the fist full. Stress eating is a beautiful thing when chocolate is involved.

    Go to a yoga class. They teach you how to do that shit. Also try puzzles. They helped me when I quit smoking and even now when I’m irritable. It lets me keep my hands busy and occupies my mind.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 1, 2016, 6:40 pm

      I don’t have time to go to a yoga class. THAT is the problem.

      I hate puzzles. I’d rather use them for kindling. I’ve tried knitting, though. I’ve been dabbling with the idea of getting back into it.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home December 1, 2016, 5:00 pm

    I will be no help, since I am in the throes of menopause. Fuck.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 1, 2016, 6:39 pm

      Shit.

  • Amanda December 2, 2016, 1:13 am

    I’m also having “hormoney” issues. I need to cut back too and I also need to gain weight…ugh. I’ve been in denial b/c I don’t want to deal with it, which is obviously a super smart and mature way to handle the problem right?! If you can do it though, so can I. Time to put my big girl pants on and handle it.

  • Ana December 2, 2016, 7:51 am

    I don’t have any helpful suggestions… but how about reading? Reading helps me clear my mind, and I can’t run and read at the same time.

  • Ana December 2, 2016, 10:14 am

    Oh wait I just remembered! My friend told me that whenever he is feeling anxious, he goes out and runs as fast as he can for 1 or 2 miles, like hear out, give it everything until you are puking on the side of the road fast running. So, maybe 2 super fast is better than 10 ?

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