I’m less than 48 hours away from completing the biggest fitness undertaking of my life. On Saturday morning, I’ll be competing in my 40th race of the year. It’ll be the final race of my #40years40races challenge and while I’m excited to compete, I’m even more excited for it to be over.
I’ve mentioned before that this challenge has taken its toll on me. I’ve been exhausted and sore a lot, and the last couple running races I did were just downright miserable. My spirits are better now, for a couple reasons.
- I’m in the homestretch. I can see a future where I have more weekends free, and don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn, and that future is really freakin’ rosy. I’m not going to abandon racing, not by any means, but I’m taking December off, and that’ll be fantastic.
- I’ve been laying low. I pulled a muscle about 3 or 4 weeks ago, and that was a telltale sign that I need to cool it. I took a complete break from exercise for about two weeks, excluding the Willis Tower and Steeltown stair races I had long been signed up for, and that felt great. I’ve begun getting back in the swing of things, exercise-wise, since Steeltown, and I’m feeling really good. Sometimes you gotta let the batteries fully drain before you can recharge them and get that power back!
On the flip side, my eating hasn’t been great the past couple weeks. It hasn’t been terrible, but I’ve been more snacky and carby than I’d like to be. This downswing in my diet, not coincidentally, mirrored my exercise break, and now that I’m in a better headspace and becoming more involved with my exercise, my eating has improved, too.
None of this is surprising. Everything is linked for me – if I’m doing well in one avenue of my health, the others tend to follow that trend; and vice versa. It’s why I’m so mortified of completely falling off the wagon – because I know how easily things can go from bad to worse to unimaginable. It’s hard to pull a single card out of a house of cards without everything tumbling down.
Now I’m back to doing the best I can. I took the time to recognize that I needed a break, and I embraced that, but that break is over. I have one more race and then, moving forward, I can exercise more freely until the end of the year. I can stay active, doing what I want, whether it’s hitting the gym or enjoying a nice long walk with JJ, without the pressure that I place on myself to be ready and prepared and on top of all these races. My god, does that sound nice!
People are already asking what I’ll do in 2020 to top this. I’m wrapping my head around an exciting goal for 2020, and I’ll share it eventually – but for now, just know that my objective will not be to top 2019. I’ll be thinking about the year in a different way, and that’s exciting too. But I’m not ready to deal with 2020 until I reach my 2019 goal… and that’s going to happen in just two short days.
Keep it up, David!
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