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A bad workout

Hi everyone, I am recovering from an amazing wedding weekend in Colorado. I wanted to chat with you about hard workouts today.

Unfortunately, not every work out will go the way you hope. Some days it will be hotter than you expected during a run, some days you will eat poorly before a run. Sometimes, you will even run into both of these issues.

I haven’t been running much lately, and in the past two weeks, I had two crappy runs. Actually, they sucked. However, I’ve learned that these days and workouts will happen and I wanted to share some advice with you on working (or running or walking) through it.

  1. Don’t give up on your work out. A bad workout is better than sitting on the couch. You will burn calories, and you will get endorphins after the run. Endorphins make people happy, and happy people just do not kill their husbands.
  2. Try to beat the mental game. If you have your music with you, blast some LOUD music with a fast beat that will help you forget about your run. If you don’t have music (my usual predicament), try to focus your thoughts on other things. I try to pray or focus on my day or weeks schedule. I make intense lists in my head about how I will tackle the upcoming tasks.
  3. Remember, it’s always okay to walk and refocus/redirect your workout. Maybe you were trying to do a speed run, and it wasn’t going too well. Be thankful that you have the time, energy, ability to even go on a run, and if needed take a walk break. My rule of thumb is to walk less than one-tenth of a mile and then start running again. If necessary, I’ll take a break like this every mile. If I don’t have a GPS watch on, I try to keep my walk less than three blocks. During a hard run, I will take a water break and then a short cool-down walk.
  4. Take mental notes of why your work out didn’t go well. Heat can be relentless, so in the summer, I try to workout in the morning. Before your next run, you may want to hydrate better or eat a low-fat meal. You may want to wear better shoes with more support. Whatever it is that caused your run to be less than ideal, learn from it.

Things I’m loving these days:

College football!!!! This badger fan is so happy that football is back! I can’t believe the Badgers beat LSU to start off the season. I’m excited for the Badger season. Football was such a social event in college, and I can’t wait to cheer on my team over the next few months. Hopefully I’ll make it to a game sometime this year.

Tootsies Nail salon- got my nails done here for the wedding that I was in.

Shoe shines. I’m not sure if many girls get their shoes shined, and I don’t do it often. Getting your shoes shined instantly makes them look better, and it extends their life. It’s really inexpensive. I also take my shoes to the shoe repair/cobbler if they need minor repairs or if they are shoes that I can’t seem to get rid of.

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