Pushing through workouts while “down in the dumps”

I’ll make this clear: I do NOT have clinical depression. BUT my mood often goes south during extended periods where the weather is cold, grey and snowy. You might call it “down in the dumps”.

During such periods, I sometimes struggle a bit when I have free time; I do better when class is session and I have a set routine: “workout from x to y, eat, office hours and class prep at z, classes here, meetings there, more classes here, office hours/class prep/research/committee work class/meeting now..rinse, later and repeat with an occasional basketball game thrown in.”

And yes, I’ve got some classes to get ready for, and I’ll do some this afternoon.

And kicking myself into getting going: it is mentally tough to do.

Yesterday: I finally got on the treadmill in the afternoon and had to walk right away; I ended up walking for 6 miles; 10K in 1:18:50 (1:04:32 for 5 miles, 11:48 for mile 6). For me, that isn’t that bad.

Today: usual pt; pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (better than recent performances), incline 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 10 x 140, military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 standing dumbbell, 10 x 180 (90 each arm) machine, 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer Machine.

The run was weird. I started out at 5.1 mph at 0.5 incline and had to walk at 3 minutes! But by 5 minutes I felt better and sped it up enough to hit mile 1 in 11:48 (going 10 10 mpm at 10 minutes) then did a 9:22 mile (4:25 second half), walked a bit, resumed running to get to mile 3 in 33:36, and 3.11 (5 km) in 34:45. Overall, it was a routine “easy pace” 5K “run” (jog?) but here I really varied the pace.

I think that when I am in these moods, I don’t handle discomfort well and therefore need a gentler warm up. Part of it might be last week’s blood donation.

Weight (shoes, short, shirt: 207.0..unchanged from July).

So, in 2018, I AM working out..just not training. I’ll have to set a spring goal and focus on that.

January 10, 2018 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment