So as you may have noticed from my last blog post, not only have I not been running all that much, I’ve been eating junk food and drinking beer like my life depended on it. Even after months of dedication and commitment to a rigorous running regimen, it doesn’t take long to put on an extra pound or two when you go from nearly ‘zero’ running and working out to ‘sixty’ by eating everything fattening and awful in sight.
Now, imagine the depth of the feeling of absolute dread that came over me earlier this week when rainy weather made me realize that all I had to wear to work that day were my ‘skinny slacks.’ Yeah, you know those slacks - The ones that I can ONLY pull off when a few pounds lighter and make me feel incredibly uncomfortable and just plain old ‘bleck’ when I’m not. The ‘skinny jeans” professional counterpart. Ugh.
Despite the incessant rainfall and gray skies outside, the clouds in my head were about to part; and bright, beautiful rays of hopeful sunlight were about to shine through. Cue a little accidental motivation mojo deja vu stage left. Even after all of the decreased exercise and increased pigging out, they FIT just fine! Sweet! Talk about motivation!
So guess what I didn’t do that day? I didn’t eat one of the muffins in the kitchen at work and, in fact, didn’t eat anything I wouldn’t have eaten while training all day.
Aaaaand I felt so good, I didn’t stop there.
Not only did I pull off my skinny slacks at work that day, I felt skinny enough to wear my spandex running pants to the Snug that night. And you know what else? Even I would say that I didn’t look completely grotesque!
I think it’s safe to say that, one month after Pikes Peak, I think I’m finally on my way back to my old running self, and just in time. I have a trail race tomorrow!
I may not be in as good shape as I was a month ago:
But feeling half as strong, no matter what my time, will be the best case scenario.
Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it goes. . .
Melissa Mincic, Ph.D., a long-time road and trail runner, conducts applied child development research and works to influence child development policy at the University of Denver. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @nerdinrunshoes.