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Hello there you blank beautiful screen. It's been awhile. I took a little time last week to just step back, disconnect, and honestly breathe. I felt myself needing a breather and a moment to adjust to going back to work (part-time), Lil Man going to school full time, soccer and running for him, and just daily life. You know what I mean.

My typical morning is starting to consist of some type of early morning workout, rushing home to get lunches made, making sure I'm back in time so hubby can get to work, grabbing a quick shower, getting Lil Man to the bus stop, finally getting breakfast for me, packing my work bag, getting laundry started, cleaning up the kitchen, taking the dogs in and out and in and out...  and if possible I try to get caught up on email/social media before I head into work.

But I'm back and feeling a little more like I have things under control. I think I'm finding

Thinking Ahead to 2016

I've debated whether to put this out there - because once I say it out loud - well it's so official. And honestly, I've really struggled with my self confidence in running for over a year now. It's no secret that I've struggled, but I don't think many people really know just how much of a struggle it's been.

I've never been 'in this place' with running where I have zero confidence in myself. My nagging hamstring injury is still there. I've found that it really doesn't like speed, and when I attempt to run faster, I pay for it in the long run. But if I listen to my body and rest as needed, modify as needed, I am able to run - and I have been - it's just at times sporadic.

But as I got back on the trail a couple of weeks ago, the excitement of the unknown, the thrill of nature, and the views really just gave my heart a nice happy sigh.

And I realized....

This is where I want to be ... 

This past weekend, I went online to Running In The USA and looked up trail races for 2016. I think that this upcoming year is going to be the year of trail running for me. And I have some big goals in mind.. as in a 50K for April which means training needs to start.. um... now :) 

However, I'm planning on approaching this upcoming year different than in the past. When I was marathon training, it was all about that one race. I put off other races for fear of getting injured. I couldn't do this or that due to a training schedule. My entire life and running life revolved around one event. It drove me crazy and in a sense it broke me both physically and emotionally. And the reality is I'm not 100% over it. 

So this time I'm taking a different approach. I hope to listen to my body and not freak out over missed miles or where I feel I should be in regards to training. I don't plan to allow one event to dominate my life or my running. I plan to run other trail runs maybe a road race or two in addition to attempting the 50K. 

And most of all, I plan to have fun.. with training and with racing.. 

Do you have any current or upcoming goals? 

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  1. This looks a lot like Big Boyd Tree Conservation State Park!!


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