To run…?

Hi guys 🙂 How are ya? Hope your day is off to a great start! I posted the Week 4 Summer Shape Up workout late last night, for those of you who have early AM workouts.

We spent all day yesterday at the beach <3

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Even though I’m a huge ocean chicken –even more so after a Bahamian jellyfish stung me on the ta-ta– I went in the water, read The Help (LOVE it so far!) and munched on a macaroon Larabar.

My favorite flavor:

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+ almost an entire bag of Publix organic baby carrots 🙂

For dinner, we went out to eat at the pier:

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The restaurant has fabulous drinks and supah fresh food.

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The table shared these glorious sweet potato fries– I had quite a few 🙂

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And for my entree, I rolled with the seaweed salad and Ahi Tuna + a side of wasabi

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It was everything I could wish for 🙂

We came back to my aunt’s, watched movies and called it a night.

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What to do???

So I’m about to head to oven yoga (aka Bikram), but I wanted to ask ya’ll about what your thoughts are on possibly running the Rock n’ Roll Half marathon in Vegas. Is anyone planning on participating? I’ve decided not to finish the 3rd month of Insanity that I had planned– the workout is only 2 months (which I completed!) but I repeated parts of Month 1. I really want to keep doing the program because I’m in love with it (and Shaun T. haha), but I’d like to take down the intensity of my workouts and get more into yoga, strength training and lower-impact stuff like spinning for a while.

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So as ya’ll know, I broke up with running after the last half marathon, because I wasn’t enjoying running like I used to, and eventually hurt my VMO with the mediocre training and race. I didn’t train as efficiently as I did for my first half marathon, which I believe contributed to my burnout and injury. Since I’ve taken a break from running for about 3 months, I thought that I might feel refreshed and give it another whirl- and then stop if I decide that it’s not what I want to do.

Motivation for this decision:

-Mizfit is doing the Rock N’ Roll Half in Vegas… and I want to hang out with her 🙂 ESPECIALLY since we didn’t get the chance to chill at the Princess Half.

-There’s a chance that the pilot could be very busy with *work stuff* in the fall and training for something is always a great distraction

I have no idea if I should or 100% want to run another half. I think it would be fun to train *well*, focus just on light running, yoga and weights, and share support with a bunch of bloggers who would want to participate, whether virtually or physically. It’s always fun to have a goal together, whether you plan on participating in a race or accomplishing another type of fitness endeavor.

On the other hand, it would also be fun to just travel to Vegas and cheer on everyone. Or even walk/run the race? No need to set any crazy PRs.

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So.. what do you think?

Would you give running, my sleazy ex-boyfriend a second chance?

Or would you let him wait it out a little longer??

I’m asking for *your* advice, bloggies 🙂 In the end, I’ll make my own decision but as always, love to hear your advice and input.

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya later this afternoon <3

xoxo,

Gina

Something to do: Week 4 of the Summer Shape Up!

Something *else* to do: Meet me back here later this afternoon for a giveaway! It’s a good one 🙂

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112 Comments

  1. joanna on June 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Spin etc., is way more fun then Yoga!

  2. Dee on June 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Got home tonight to a special package, and I am now enjoying a chocolate cherry bomb through my new glass straw! This smoothie was always good, but now it is heaven!

  3. Shelley on June 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    You are amazing and an inspiration no matter what you decide. Quick request. Would it be possible to link the 4 week shape-up on the fitnessista workout page?

    • Fitnessista on June 15, 2010 at 7:57 am

      yes, i’ll do that right now 🙂

  4. Mary on June 15, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Knees > running.

  5. Suzanne on June 15, 2010 at 4:01 am

    so I was reading the previous comments and something made my eye twinkle…if you are going lower intensity for the reason I think, then maybe training for this may not parallel that specific goal.. if you catch my drift. 😉 whatever you decide, good luck and enjoy!

    • Fitnessista on June 15, 2010 at 7:50 am

      very good to know 😉

  6. Sarah on June 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I feel you girl! I’ve been in a somewhat abusive relationship with running for quite some time. For me, I know this is strongly connected with the eating “issues” that I am currently dealing with and have dealt with for 6ish years now. This probably isn’t exactly the case for you, but even if it isn’t, I think the feeling is fairly universal.

    I think the most important thing for me was, prior to each run, identifying exactly why I was going to go running. What got me down on running was that I often found myself pushing myself too hard simply because I felt obligated, bad about my body, or just not super jazzed about it. This was fine for a good while because the endorphin kick helped me through the mind games, but after a while, obligatory running just doesn’t feel good. The solution for me was just to be okay with a good long walk. Now, when I feel obligated to run, I will put on my running shoes and clothes, grab my iPod with a good This American Life podcast, and just get outside for a walk. Once I’m out, if I feel like running, I run and it feels good, but if I don’t, I don’t hate myself or stress about it because I still get some fresh air, some exercise, and some time to really just think, which is usually all I really need.

    Essentially, my establishing a good relationship with running (or actually, really any exercise) required me to really think about my intentions.

  7. jeri on June 15, 2010 at 10:56 am

    You should DEFINITELY DO IT. I’m doing the full in Vegas, and it seems like a lot of bloggers are doing the full or half. It’d be super fun to do a meet up. 🙂

  8. jeni on August 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Gina,
    I know running can get a little routine, especially if you are running the same route. I say give “him” another shot. “He” does wonderful things for your body and most importantly, you should be proud that you can run! like they say in yoga, thank your body for what it allows you to do! Running is not a task, it’s a gift! Find a new route, go explore new towns with your running shoes and a camera! DON’T give up, go to “couples counseling”.

    Jeni

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

      haha! i can’t start running again now that i’m pregnant and haven’t consistently in a while, but as soon as the baby is born i’d like to get back into it. you realize how much you miss things when you can’t do it anymore

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