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Embracing The Changes In Life

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Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

First 8 Mile Trail Run

Nice scenery this morning with the trees and the sound of birds and water running. I kept telling myself to 'focus' on that instead of my tired legs and achy foot, hip and calves. Apparently this trail just continues at an incline FOREVER. It's not rolling hills, but it is an incline that never seems to end. Yet, when I turned to go back as I was doing an out and back, it never felt as though I was going down.

I forced myself to drink water on this run. It wasn't long after the 4ish mile mark that my stomach started giving me issues. I made myself drink anyway. I know that with the longer training runs coming up and the Halfs that I am going to have to train my stomach to at least try to tolerate fluids and eventually fuel.

At around mile 6, I wasn't sure I was going to make it. Thankfully I made it to the car, and even better, I made it home. Could I have run another 5 miles or so to finish a Half? I'm going to say probably not. I'm just hoping with more training and conditioning that I can manage my stomach issues.

Anyway, 8 not so pretty probably downright ugly miles done.

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