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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

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. It has been a great addition to my work outs. Tonight Boot Camp class is also on the agenda.

Tomorrow is another session of yoga (if I can make it to the gym on time) and then rest.

Friday is my long run... I'll be running my first 17 miler!

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