Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama
I showed myself compassion by realizing that at least in Winter, I just cannot go and stay for days at my mom’s. I don’t sleep well. It’s stressful. I know what these visits mean to her, but I also know there will come a time when I will need to be there more and I need to take care of myself so I’m not burnt out.
Getting in scheduled runs
It was a tough start to the year for me. The truth is that the start of 2021 was even worse! I was sick and not running for weeks! I scaled back on running a great deal so that I could keep running, if that makes sense, so I added a simple goal to this month: beat January 2021’s miles, which I did. Keeping my runs short meant I was able to run pretty consistently, unlike last January.
Grade Earned: A-
It’s been easier to get it done with the arrival of the treadmill. January started relatively mild, for these parts, but Winter soon came roaring in. So there were more treadmill runs that I’d like, but I know I would have taken more time off running without the treadmill. It’s both more difficult (I just want to get on the treadmill) and easier (I don’t have to warm up in the cold!) sometimes, but I’ve been pretty good.
Because of some of our very frigid temps, I’ve also added in a Peloton Cycle WU before outdoor runs — because warming up before a very cold run can help prevent injuries. I use it before those treadmill runs, too.
Grade Earned: A
Every once in a while I do just forget — which is probably a good thing. It means nothing is really bothering me, but I need to keep foam rolling to make sure nothing will bother me.
Grade Earned: A
I spent a lot of time eating for me in January (aka eating healthy foods). Although when I went to my moms, I wanted to be masked, and that meant no eating or drinking while I was there. Which means eating in the car. Which translated to a protein bar and some chocolate. But it’s only a couple of days; it won’t kill me.
It’s not about a number on the scale, it’s about feeling comfortable in my body. With my birthday coming up, and who knows what I’ll be eating then, I decided to try and eat quite clean this month which paid off.
Grade Earned: A
Yoga, of course. I managed to eek out a couple of ST sessions most weeks. I’ve also added in more moderate early morning cardio that isn’t running some mornings.
Grade Earned: A
January 2022 gets . . .
. . . an A. I definitely showed myself a lot of compassion. I really struggle with SAD at this time of year. There’s a huge difference from feeling a bit unmotivated by the weather and feeling as though your entire body is just weighed down as if someone poured lead into it. Which was compounded by just being utterly depleted by so many nights at my moms. I finished January feeling much better, maybe due to the longer days, although energy isn’t at full yet.
- Run 3 x week. Y. Mostly anyway. Very short runs.
- ST 3 x week. Y/N. I did manage 2 x week most weeks. I made it a priority and backed off when I needed to. I ended the month strong, so to speak.
- Continue to work on a new Spring challenge. Y. I worked hard on this in January!
- At least one real rest day a week. Y. There was a lot of resting in January! Yet a lot of productivity too (not as much running time can have its benefits).
- Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Weight is relatively good. Not bad for Winter, anyway!
Which leads me to February Goals:
- Run 3 x week. Hoping that the slowly increasing daylight brings back more energy.
- ST 3 x week. I will settle for 2 x week if necessary.
- Cardio/ST before 10am on non-running days. Sometimes it’s just cardio, sometimes it’s toning cardio, sometimes it’s just walking. That’s in addition to my AM Yoga practice!
- Continue to work on a new Spring challenge. I filmed almost all the videos in January, but not all. There’s editing, there’s emails to write but I’ll be excited to share it with you in March. Or April!
- At least one real rest day a week. It’s easier when I’m only going to my mom every other week, but sometimes there’s still a lot of juggling going on. That was the main thing in January: I just wasn’t recovering well, from runs, even from normal housework. So I gave myself compassion and took it easy — lots of reading in January!
- Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. January had me back to feeling more comfortable in my body. There will always be fluctuations, but I know when it’s time to get back to cleaner eating.
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.