Confession (if you just want to see workouts, scroll down!):
Lately, my appetite has been out of control. I seemingly want junk food everyday. Not chips, per se, but things I normally don't care for too much due to being more snobby/picky about my food. This includes cheese and sweets. Although I've been trying to take walks during lunch (in addition to the workouts here) to offset some of this, I feel like I'm having one never-ending hormone spike, if you know what I mean.
Marathon training is only a little to blame. I only run 3 days a week now, so really, I don't think I should need to eat as much as I would on a 5-day schedule. I've been pretty good about sleeping enough most of the time, so I don't think it's that. I am hoping this is just a phase and that all will return to normal soon. I sometimes go through eating ups and downs and hope that this "down" will be over soon.
Partly to blame has been my social isolation. My work is not social at all (many work from home or offsite), so I have kind of been left hanging on my own, particularly at lunch time when I tend to be worst. I haven't been out with my friends for a while, partly because we are all busy and partly because I haven't wanted to face them knowing that I'm still "NOT done with school" and "NOT permanently employed." I know they are my friends and have seen me through a lot of my not-so-successful times...
As a final part of my isolation, I have been spending quite a bit less time with "The Ukrainian" lately. We live 30+ miles away, and given that I've tried to be at home more, I've been missing out on time with him. Ultimately, I think I don't have any issues eating properly when he's around, since he is like my second conscience when my first one shuts off.
And then there's school. As you can see, I have classes starting this week, and the thought of doing crud again is NUTS. Yes, it's only a handful of weekend seminars, but weekends are supposed to be MY time or dissertation time. I don't know how I was able to take Friday/Saturday/Sunday classes so often in the past while working. I know this is my last class (ever, I hope! -- except maybe certifications), but I have my dissertation chomping out any other free time I might have..... and then you throw in a CLASS?!
All in all, enough to make me unhappy and turn to junk for comfort. Fortunately, I am noticing early enough to deal with it and before the scale dies on me. And yes, early enough to even share publicly so that I am accountable for doing better in the future.
This Week's Workouts:
Saturday - did not do the 11-miler I had because I wanted to sleep in at least ONCE this week...
Sunday - volunteering at Surf City Marathon
Monday - 4 mi run (treadmill); 20 min strength/stretch
Tuesday - 5 mi
A barefoot runner unknowingly paced me through the second half. There was no way I was going to let him outrun me!
Wednesday - 40 min elliptical/stepper hybrid; 20 min strength
Tuesday night, developed an irritated throat. Thought all would be fine in the morning. Woke up feeling "sensitive" to everything that touched me. Still did this workout. Throat was burning at times even though I didn't feel like I was exerting TOO much. Went to work, started feeling worse (i.e., fever-y). Trying to keep on a normal eating schedule even though my appetite has definitely dimmed. Hope I get better before the weekend!
Thursday - 30 min bike; 10 min strength
Friday - rest
Weekly Mileage: 9