On Saturday we did our 13.1 mile long run and it was one of the hardest runs of my life. Lead legs, cramps, fatigue… Ugh. Came out with around a 9:15 pace, which is okay for the humidity. If I hadn’t been with a friend I would have quit at mile 5 or walked a lot more.
Sunday- 4 ish easy untimed anniversary nature miles with K
Monday- 30 minutes HIIT spinning aka puddle o sweat making
Tuesday- Long walk. I had 4 on the schedule but took it easy because my calf muscle was howling. Better safe than sorry at this point in training. I’d rather get to the starting line healthy and excited than injured and exhausted- even if that means missing a couple of runs or rearranging the “perfect” plan :)
Wednesday- 8 at 9:27 which was easy and conversational
Friday- doing 10 to get it done so I can travel this weekend
Today I followed through on my promise to myself to start counseling. The therapist I met with thinks I would benefit most from a group counseling atmosphere, which is once a week for 90 minutes. The groups are heterogenous. So everyone presents with different struggles and strengths, rather than a group just for people with anxiety or just for people with body image challenges.
This is way out of my comfort zone but I am trying to be open to new things. It’s also funny because I will be taking a course on group this semester, so it will be cool to see it from the perspective of both counselor (in the course) and client.
The therapist also suggested I meet with a nutritionist at the health center to review my health and eating goals, and to get a professional opinion about what I eat, how I eat, and what my body needs.
This is all free to me as a full time student, and I could not be more thankful. You never know what resources you have!
Take care of yourself.