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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

Frustrating

So, when did that happen that overnight Lil Man went from jumping and dancing in his jumper while I ran on the treadmill to screaming non stop, as if his very life depended on getting him out RIGHT NOW! I thought this morning that surely he would settle down. After 10 minutes, I decided it wasn't doing either one of us any good and gave up.

Then I thought, why I don't I try the pack n play. I set it all up, gave him some toys that I KNEW he enjoys playing with and the screaming began again. Defeated, I gave up.

What changed? It was just a couple of weeks ago he was jumping and playing and at least tolerated with a smile 20 minutes or so while I ran. Now, he refuses totally.

It's really not that big of a deal (however frustrating) at the moment because I am running most runs outside. But once the weather changes, I will be using the treadmill more and more.  I don't have a solution for this problem yet.

Rest Day

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Today's scheduled rest day has been a nice break.

First 17 Miler

Wow, what a difficult ugly run.

It seems like this entire day just started off rough. Lil Man woke us up at 3:10. I was just falling back to sleep when the dog started puking at 3:45. My alarm was set for 4:00am.

I drove to where we were supposed to meet, and the parking lot was gated off.  WHAT?!?  I had planned our route from this parking lot and now basically my entire 'plan' for the run was trashed. On top of that, I had to pee. I mean I really had to pee, and they had locked the bathrooms also. DOUBLE WHAT?!?.

I called my running buddy to have her meet me at an alternate spot. I drove to the spot, took care of my issue of needing to pee, and started getting my gear ready. The moment I put my running belt on, it started to rain. I will pause a moment for you to snicker.  It was one of those moments that just for a second I paused and said, "should I really do this today?"

But my running buddy was there; we got up super early so we might as well get our run in.

I start…

Tender Foot

So, after Monday's 4.5 hilly run, my foot has been tender. During the middle of the run on Monday, I started feeling where my stress fractures were. I think a lot of it had to do with the slant of the road, and the force at which I was hitting the ground as I was trying to get over the hills.

Instead of running yesterday, I did Spin class.

Today I wanted to get in a short slow run to test out the foot. I ran 2.5 miles outside. The temps were amazing and it was great to be out. I could feel my foot though which unnerved me a little. My pace was slow (10:48) so it wasn't like I was really slamming it too hard on the ground.  And I was running a fairly flat surface without much slant to the road.

After my 2.5 miles outside, I got on the treadmill. The treadmill was easier on the foot. I didn't feel 'it' as much. I finished out the rest of my 5 miler by doing 2.5 at a 10:00 pace on the treadmill.

Yoga was also on the agenda today. I'm so glad that I started doing yoga.…