Thursday, August 22, 2013

Running Lately

This summer, for the first time since starting my journey with running in 2011, I am not training for something or trying to keep my mileage up for a future race.

And it feels great.

I have gone from running between 20-25 miles a week to running a wonderful 10 mpw.  After (and during the training for) my last half marathon, I was feeling burnt out and wanted to break up with running.

Now, I don't feel guilty if I "miss a run," and I can run two miles if I decide that I only have twenty minutes, or five miles if I have the time.  I don't have to rearrange the rest of my life to fit in a run.  I don't need to do speed work, tempo runs, long runs.

I still run on average five days a week, but I run at the MOST four or five miles (aka, the number of times that has happened this summer fits on one hand).  Two days a week I just do a quick 2 mile warm up run and then focus on strength training--something I have not done regularly for a few years.

I find that now that my running is "just for me" and not for training, I generally enjoy it more.  It makes me WANT to train again and work to see improvements, it makes me remember how much I love running.  But it also reminds me that if I have a shitty ass jankity run that it is not the end of the world and that I will not fail running my next race.

I have three 5Ks coming up this fall, that I am really looking forward to.  I will not be speedy, but I hope they will be enjoyable.  For once I have no halves on my horizon, and while I am so proud of my accomplishments of completing multiple half marathons, and I think I might want to do more in my future, right now I am really just enjoying running for me.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Husband vs Wife

In the hour it took took me to pack an entire room top to bottom (including two closets and moving furniture):

Mountain Man "contributed to packing" by sorting through the old boxes of junk he had to have and couldn't throw away from the last time we moved.

This is going to take longer than I thought.

Peace, love and packing,

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Saturday Morning: an Age Comparison

Saturday Morning at Age 24:

Sleep until 11
Take an advil
Lay in dark room watching tv or reading a book for at least an hour before getting the energy to go on with your day

Saturday Morning at Age 28:

Sleep in until 9
Make a veggie scramble
Clean the house
Treat the pool
Bake a dish for a potluck
Do two loads of laundry
Lace up the shoes for a run
Go on run

Seize the day!  Happy beautiful adult Saturday, everyone!