I know, I know. This is completely out of the blue, isn't it? Clearly I am not one to talk about my problems.
Well, now that we've all had a good snort over that one.... My running mojo. She is gone. Last seen around mile 15 of the 2012 Portland Marathon.
I pinpoint it back to that day for several reasons. One, that marathon experience sucked. Getting sick on the course from the sports drink was not pleasant. Two, when I got home that day after the marathon it was to the realization that the time was now for my Maggie to leave us, and she crossed the Rainbow Bridge the next day. Three, from that point forward I was just hoping to make it past the first of the year before it too was Ginger's time. Almost three months to the day after Maggie, Ginger followed her across the bridge.
Four, on top of all of that was the usual year-end craziness at work, which took a radical turn into insanity when the only other full-time employee was abruptly fired two weeks before year end. And five, on top of all of that was me working six and seven days a week yet not having any money to show for it. Last, but not least, it was around October 2011 that I last read an issue of Runner's World. I realized that when I hauled them all up to my parents' ranch on vacation last week. Where I managed to read all of one issue and a half.
So. What now? Obviously I need a reverse mojoectomy. Which is
I guess it's once again back to the basics and rebuild my mojo from scratch.
EAT: I've mentioned before that in the latter part of last year my appetite changed. I was able to eat large quantities of food, often at binge levels. Then it was like flipping a switch; I got fuller much faster. Yet, I still attempted to eat more. Because surely, otherwise I wasn't eating enough, or I would be wasting food, or whatever stupid reason I had at the time. Now, I need to plate normal portions. On vacation I cruised a few antique stores and found some cute salad-sized plates to add to the other cute salad-sized plates I already have. I'm going to plate portions that fit those sized plates. Maybe not a 3 oz. portion of meat, more like a 5 oz. portion, but definitely not 8 or 10 oz. If I'm still hungry after I'm done, I can have more -- but only if I'm still hungry, not because that's how much I used to eat.
RUN: I was doing okay with my plan to rebuild my base mileage, at least as far as the total weekly mileage went. However, I wasn't always running three times a week; often it was only twice which meant I was bumping up the miles for each run. Not the way to stay healthy. I didn't run at all during my vacation after Bloomsday, too exhausted from puppy wrangling and horse feeding. This Sunday is the Portland Rock 'n Roll Half, which will not be pretty. My A goal is 3:15. My B and C goals are just to finish without getting swept. Starting next week, though, it's back to rebuilding my base mileage, and I'll post my weekly mileage goals here. But...
SLEEP: I have to get enough sleep so that I don't get
What do you do to get your mojo back?