Ginger’s Training Log – 8-30-15

I have some good news to report: the toe is better! I can wear one pair of work shoes AND I’m up to five minutes of running so far. I’m going to take it easy coming back, continuing with short runs before/after cross training. In other news, I decided to go back on Zoloft as things were just not improving mood wise. Each week my anxiety seemed to get worse. Even though I was able to function, it constantly felt like I was on the verge of spiraling out of control. Through this recent experiment, I learned to view medication intervention as an additional tool for wellness. My doctor had initially informed me that one learns whether or not medication is helpful for them by going off and seeing what happens. Well, that experiment is over and now I have some additional tools to add to my toolbox of wellness, meditation also being one of them.

Monday: 13 mile bike ride and 40 minute swim

Tuesday: Off/rest/traveling

Wednesday: 40 minute swim and 3 minute run! Oh did it feel so good! The future looks brighter.

Thursday: 13 miles cycling

Friday: 30 minute swim and 5 minute run!

Saturday: 20 miles cycling after accidentally being served 2 cups of regular coffee instead of decaf. I had a lot of energy that needed to be expended. This was a very challenging day as a result of the waiter’s error.

Sunday: 40 minute swim and about to do another 5-10 minute run with James.

Total: 46 miles cycling, roughly 3 miles swimming, and a little bit of running

I write about mindfulness, mental health, and the professional sport of running with the occasional poking fun at the sport. When I am not running, I'm either helping people as a counselor or trying to make them laugh as an amateur open mic comedian.

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  1. I absolutely understand. I’ve been on and off Zoloft for many years, and I’m back on it now and don’t plan on going off! It helps enough that why mess with a good thing?

    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Mary! I am regretting going off in the first place but have hope that things will settle down soon. All the best to you in your journey.

  2. It’s surprising isn’t it–just how exciting 3 minutes of running can be after weeks of NO running at all!? Coming back from my recent stress reaction I was delighted when I “ran” one whole staggeringly long and glorious mile. Best wishes for a continued recovery, and props to you for filling that wellness toolbox with the tools you need.

    1. Thanks, Basil! Good luck with your healing process, I hope that it is going better than expected. You haven’t had the surgery yet, right?