1. I’m still tired. I was never really sore, but I’ve been sleeping soundly for 8-10 hours every night. When I’m awake, I’m still tired. I’m pretty sure this is just recovery from pushing myself, but since I didn’t really race the first four and even the fifth one was slower than my previous slowest half, I admit I’m a bit surprised. I’m sure a little bit is a mental issue too. I’m caught somewhere between the “OMG, I did it” high and the “I can’t believe it’s over” low. Sitting here with no real goals on the horizon feels weird after investing so much energy for 8 months!
2. I’m really slow. I went out for a run with my dad on Tuesday. We ran 3 miles at a 10:oo minute pace. For a short distance, that pace should have been easy. Instead, I nearly tossed my cookies on my parents’ front lawn. Perhaps my next goal should involve some speed work…
3. I’m feeling a bit soft and fluffy. Looking back at last week, I didn’t eat like crazy, but my body seems to have held onto every calorie it encountered. Add in two nights with Beer Geek’s family (where they spoiled us good with yummy food!), a night out with friends in Denver, and now a few days at my parents’ house and I’m pretty sure my scale will cry when I get home. I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since I cooked any sort of meal! I can’t believe I actually miss my teeny tiny kitchen and it’s ridiculously old stove.
Basically, I’m feeling off track and lost.
How do you get back to where you want to be when you’ve finished a goal you’ve been working towards for a while? How do you get back on track when you’ve let most of your good habits slide for a while?