Reflections

30 Dec

During my run the day after Christmas, I came upon this sunset and couldn’t help but reflect on the season. After a wonderful holiday with family, I find myself feeling incredibly grateful for the true gifts that make life so worthwhile – the kind that you don’t unwrap but get to carry in your heart always. Sunset 12_26The more I thought about the past year, the more my heart grew in gratitude. Of course, each year brings its personal challenges and 2013 was certainly no exception. However, those challenges pale in comparison to the abundant triumphs and blessings. From the everyday to the extraordinary, this year has been full of things to be thankful for.

2013 brought an anniversary to celebrate the first year of a marriage that continues to grow stronger day by day.

loveletters rbb

The first of many, many happy years to come.

Multiple running goals set and surpassed, including 3 half marathons, many PR’s, and new race distances tackled.

3 Half Marathons this year!

3 Half Marathons this year!

An unforgettable trip to various cities in Italy.

So many incredible moments in Italy!

So many incredible moments in Italy!

And countless precious moments in between.

It's the little things...

It’s the little things.

It’s been a great year.

It's been a good year.

Looking forward to what else is in store!

As the sun sets on this year, I will take only what is important and necessary from the challenges I faced and leave the rest behind. I will treasure all that was wonderful in 2013 and continue to focus on gratitude and enjoying the present moment in the year to come.

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I’m running DC!

5 Dec

On a whim, I joined a group of other women to enter the lottery for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. scheduled for April 27, 2014. I didn’t really think about it much after entering the random drawing because I honestly didn’t know what kind of chances we had.

Well…

On Tuesday, my bank account had a charge from Nike (squee!) and later that night, I received an e-mail with these beautiful words:

imageTo say I jumped for joy is an understatement! I bounced around the house in excitement, doing a victory dance (it’s true, just ask my husband).

Two of my favorite things to do are to run and to travel. For a while, I’ve been wanting to do a destination race as a way to combine both of these loves. This will be the perfect opportunity to get a taste of that!

The Nike Women’s Half is also known to be quite an event with a huge expo, limited edition running shoes, motivational training campaigns, and typically little blue Tiffany’s boxes waiting at the finish line*. NWHM also raises millions of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is incredible!

All around, I’m really looking forward to participating in April! I’m hoping this will be the spark I needed this season to put energy back into my running routine.
imageWho’s running DC with me?!

*Nike has not confirmed nor denied the finisher award for 2014.

It’s not you and the last Fall 5

2 Dec

First, I’d like to say that I know my posts have been crazy inconsistent and I apologize for that. Despite how much I enjoy blogging, it comes in dead last on the priorities list when life is full and busy. A major change in my work schedule has been a blessing, but a blessing that cuts down on free time for blogging. I choose to spend that free time being with people I love and enjoying life (read: actually running) and I’m not sorry for it. I like you guys, I really do, but it’s just…

Starting after the holidays, I will again have another change in my work schedule. This one will free up my evenings and potentially make it easier to blog more regularly. So, if you’re hoping to hear about more of my running and life adventures, stick around!

On that note, I think I have to talk about how I’ve been struggling with my motivation for running since coming back from Italy at the end of October. Running the Stockadeathon did give me a nice (yet brief) boost in that department, but since then it’s been a bit…stale.

I’ve been making excuses not to run and sometimes I haven’t even felt that into it during runs. Maybe I’ve been avoiding putting these facts to paper (er, blog?) for fear that it will make them real and then I’ll have to do something about it.

One big example is that I had planned to run 10 miles on Sunday for the last installment of the Fall 5 or 10 Virtual Race Series, but just couldn’t get myself going. Instead of skipping it, I decided to drop it down to 5 miles – mostly because I knew I would only regret completely blowing it off.

Somewhere in the first couple of miles, the motivation spiked just enough for me to get through it at a decent pace and finish without regrets. And in 41:50, my last run of the Fall 5 or 10 series was over! I am really glad I had that bit of accountability to at least get me up and moving.

Another confession: I am really, really craving a fantastic long run. You know the type – giddy with anticipation, smiling the whole way, letting your heart decide the pace. I know that will come. I also know there are some things I have to do for myself to get there.

Some ideas I have to bust these blues:

  1. Sign up for a group run with my local running club
  2. Try a new cross training exercise
  3. Sign up for a winter race
  4. Get new winter running gear
  5. Seek advice and support from other runners
  6. Participate in something fun like the #RunChatHunt
  7. Just keep running

Question for you: How do you deal with the running blues?

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