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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?

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?

Fall is my favorite and a new PDR

3 Oct

Oh HEY! Has it really been nearly over two weeks since my last blog post?! (Yes, I started this post three days ago. Whoops.) Good thing my last post was about flexibility…

Anyway, I have had such a busy schedule of Fall funtivities, games with friends, meeting babies, visiting family, planning for the Italy trip, and running long that blogging has been pretty far from my mind. Well, I’ve definitely thought about blogging, but I always chose Real Life first. And I have no regrets about that. Here’s a brief glimpse into a couple of the things I’ve been doing and enjoying!

Seasonal decorations make me all giddy inside, so I made our house a little festive…

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Festive AND chevron – How Pinteresting!

On my list of favorite Fall things, cider donuts and hot mulled cider are toppers.

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Cider. Donut.

Fall also means craft fairs around these parts, and I spent the day with my mom perusing handmade goods and eating more cider donuts at a real cider mill.

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A day at the cider mill and craft fair

A couple of Saturdays ago, I convinced Mark to hop on his bike to join me for 14 miles early on a beautiful day. He obliged without complaint and took this photo of the trail with the colors of early autumn peaking in.

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Hints of Fall on a long, long run

That 14 miler was a great but tough run. We hosted a game night with friends the night before, so I was a little tired and dehydrated. To get through the tough spots, I took some cool running selfies.

When you run 14 miles, selfies are mandatory

When you run 14 miles, selfies are mandatory

One night last week, I gave Yasso 800s a try. Conclusion: Bart Yasso is my enemy/best friend for inventing this workout. I’m planning to do a second round before the week is completely over, so I’ll write up a specific recap of the whole experience after that.

Yasso 800s in the dark

Yasso 800s in the dark (the sun set on me)

This past Saturday I achieved a big (but secret) goal of mine. I challenged myself to go for a personal distance record of 15 miles this season. So, I woke up early and headed out on my own (I was a nice wifey and let Mark sleep in) for the longest run I have ever run.

The weather was crisp and foggy, perfect for a detour through a cemetery.

Fog is creepy

Fog is creepy

Despite the slight creepiness, I thoroughly enjoyed this run. There were plenty of smiling and encouraging people passing by, I could smell autumn in the cool air, and I felt energized and strong the whole way.

The longest run of all

The longest run of all

Before I knew it, my Garmin was telling me I hit 15 miles. Then, I decided I could go just a little farther…

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A new Personal Distance Record! (Avg pace was 8:44)

This will probably go down as one of my all-time favorite runs. I can’t describe the joy I felt once I stopped my watch and took in the reality that I had just run 15.5 miles. All at once. It’s a beautiful thing.

Question for you (if you’re still reading): What’s your PDR?