Time To Break Out Of This Funk

After running the Columbus Marathon last October, I immediately went on a vacation from my healthy lifestyle. What was supposed to be a 2 week “break” turned into a full reversal into my old habits that lasted over 2 months. Working a lot of hours and stress led me back to drinking beer regularly and eating poorly. I gained 12 pounds back and lost obvious muscle mass. Might even have been struggling with a bit of depression. Early in 2013, I had already created a solid plan for events this year – an Ultra Marathon, a Sprint Triathlon, and preparing for the Dopey Challenge at the Walt Disney World Marathon. I have really struggled with the decisions of whether or not to take on these challenges. My athletic ambitions hit a very low point. I had nearly decided to cancel these goals and started convincing myself that completing a marathon was enough. Although my ambition to run had not returned, I fought with myself and eventually signed up for the Toledo Glass City Marathon on April 27th and for the Playing Possum 50k at Delaware State Park 3 weeks later. My hope was signing up would get me excited about working out and running again. At first, I was pumped and returned to training. Between this bitter cold winter and being pulled into back-to-back 55+ hour work weeks, I...

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