Tag Archives: Fall 5 or 10

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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My body is still on vacation

4 Nov

Hello again, friends! We’ve been back from Italy for several days now and it’s starting to feel like life is getting back to normal (AKA: We are finally able to keep ourselves awake past 8:30 PM). The trip was incredible and there is SO much to tell everyone, so I will be writing about it in parts. For now, here’s a little teaser:

Hanging out on the Island of Capri

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fit my running shoes into my little suitcase. That means I went a solid two weeks without running at all. We certainly walked several miles or more a day, but the only running involved was to catch a train or avoid being hit by a scooter.

My first run back was an easy 3 miles to loosen up my legs and get back into the swing of things. Since this went well, I was hoping to get back on track pretty quickly.

Nope.

I had decided I to go for 5 miles on Sunday for my November entry for the Fall 5 or 10 Virtual Race Series. After so much time off, 10 miles just didn’t seem realistic.

Late in the afternoon, I geared up. Yeah, that’s right. The weather went and got all cold while we were enjoying the 75 degree (F) sunshine in Italy. With temps below 40 (F), I had to pull out the compression tights and thermal jacket!

The cold weather is coming…

This run was no fun at all. I felt sluggish and uncomfortable the whole time. My legs just wouldn’t go any faster than a 10:00/mile pace (which is not typical for me) and my body seemed to still be on vacation. I really struggled to stick with it and if it wasn’t for the Fall 5 or 10, I probably would’ve just given up.

I finished in 50:40, much slower than my previous 5 mile entry of 39:17. What a difference a vacay makes?

At least I got to see the beautiful colors of the pond at sunset…

Autumn twilight

I’m registered for the Stockadeathon 15K on Sunday and if this run is any indication, I’ll be taking that one easy.

Question: How do you get back into running after vacation?

Not every run is awesome

7 Oct

It’s half marathon week! That means two big things – 1) tapering and 2) carbo-loading! This morning I started to feel the twinge of pre-race giddiness. I’m very excited to be running the Mohawk Hudson Half Marathon for the second time. This race holds a special little place in my heart because it was my very first half last year. This time around it will be my fourth! I still can’t believe how far I’ve come and how much I’ve learned since then. But, that’s a post for another day.

Today, I’m focusing on recapping my second entry into the Fall 5 or 10 Virtual Race Series. This month, I chose to run 10 miles as my entry.

You may often hear read here at run+breathe+be that running is the most amazing thing in the world and I love it. That’s usually the case, but sometimes – I’m less than thrilled with a run or feel downright miserable.

That’s because not every run is awesome.

There. I said it.

Yes, sometimes running sucks. And if I’m being honest here, which I usually am, Saturday’s 10 miler wasn’t awesome. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t awful and I didn’t vomit (thankfully), but I wasn’t loving it.

It actually felt harder than my fantastic 15.5 mile run of fabulousness last weekend. I don’t know if my head just wasn’t in it or if I was more tired than usual, but my pace was all over and I had to fight for a few of the miles.

The stats – 10.03 miles | 1:26:39 total time | 8:38 avg pace

All in all it made for an OK last long run before the half marathon, so I won’t write it off. Isn’t also true that if you have a mediocre long run, the next one is always 1000 times better?!

Well, I sure hope so. 🙂

Question: What was your last less than awesome run?