Life, Random Thoughts, Running, Running

Thursday Thoughts

Adulting is hard! – Wanting all the things and making responsible decisions is tough! Paying off my student loans was great! The hot tub crapping out was not. We really want a new hot tub, but made the decision we don’t want to take out a loan to get a new one. We know our washer, dryer, stove, microwave… are all getting up there and many of them have been repaired by us already.

Hot tubs are amazing- I didn’t realize how much I would miss our hot tub, but once it drained itself this winter (not the first winter it has done this), I realized how nice a soak could be!

Go St Louis Half Marathon is a little over a week away. Hubby and I are taking the kiddos out of school for a couple days and making it a run-cation! AND I get to see one of my college roommates and her family since they are kind enough to host us. I am bummed that the river is flooding and they had to re-rout the race. Now we don’t get to pass directly under The Arch in the last mile. I didn’t realize this was important to me, but I’m thoroughly bummed.

My left ankle is still giving me grief. It is a bit better after I used KT Tape. As long as I keep stretching and icing it is ok. I should probably be wearing shoes all the time, but I just can’t get myself there.

Spring– it is warmer, the snow is melting, everything is a sandy, muddy mess! LOVE what it means is coming!There was THE BRIGHTEST cardinal in one of our apple trees this morning. I do like the idea of it being a loved one checking in and being close. Even without this thought, I think they are beautiful!

Nap Time– being a daycare mama, I am struggling with kiddos who just aren’t napping. A couple are phasing out of naps, and a couple need them, but refuse- LOUDLY.

What are your thoughts today? Any fun runs coming up? What is your favorite way to relax?

Fitness, Life, Running

Fit Friday

Another week of amazing runs…and crazy weather. I managed to keep my run streak going… until yesterday.

Weekend– A short run to keep the streak on Saturday, then a day at the Ice Castles with the kids and friends. Sunday Runday 11 mile run- including a PR 5 miles on the treadmill before accidentally hitting the emergency off button!
Monday– the kids were home because of icy roads. I ran inside at the YMCA
Tuesday– a huge snowstorm arrived. At 6 am the weather said 2-4 inches of snow, we ended up with 12! The neighbors were kind enough to let me use their treadmill, where I ran my fastest 2 consecutive miles ever! DAY 40 of Run Streak
Wednesday– The kids had late start to help clear up the roads from the day before. I ran outside while the Middlest was at piano. Oh how I love a good, crisp, outside run!
Thursday– Kids had no school… again… as their had been freezing rain/mix overnight and we were predicted to get another 8 inches of snow… I think we got 6. I was up plenty early and didn’t go to the Y, worked a 9 hour day, and went out to eat with my family. It was amazing, and at the time, I was content with ending my run streak as I spent an hour shoveling while Hubby ran the snow blower. When I crawled into bed, I simmered in guilt and being upset with myself.
Friday– This morning, I got up and ran my run at the Y, and am set for a 12 mile run this weekend and lots of time with extended family!

I really do feel stronger for having done a run streak, and think I’m going to dust myself off and see if I can beat my 41 day streak!

What running accomplishments did you tackle this week? Have you done a run streak before? What was your experience?

Fitness, Running

Fab, Fit, Friday!

It is Friday, yet it feels like Monday? Sunday? I am just all messed up!
A nice weekend with friends and family, then the kids had 4 days in a row off for snow then freezing cold. Actual temperatures plummeted to -30 below and colder, then windchills hit -50 and colder. Thank Goodness for our YMCA membership!

In January I decided to try out a run streak to get into a rhythm with half marathon training for the St. Louis Half Marathon I will be running with the Hubby (Well, we will both be running, but not together). 4 days in December plus every single day in January put me at 35 days in a row!!!! It felt AMAZING to be able to say I completed it and my legs feel great. Sometimes it felt silly, like when I realized at 10 pm last night that I hadn’t run. Hubby was gone, and it was below zero… so I ran in the living room back and forth until my watch said one mile without GPS.

Must get run in, friend invited me for wine, only -1. Ran to her house and drank wine, Hubby picked me up after his run at the Y!

I’m not sure how long I can/will keep this streak going, but it was pretty amazing to keep it going all month. I had to hit the Y with my friend, sweat up her treadmill the next day, and give myself reason to get outside (all the way to -26 windchill) to get one mile or more in to keep the streak going. Heading into longer runs with this training has me questioning if I’ll keep it going, but I’ll see. I’ll stop when my body says I need to stop, and realize how much stronger I am.

107 Miles Logged in January!
I found this cool shoe to color in as I gather Milage… Something motivating to see how far I’ve come. I plan to color each month in a different color… and hope to add more shoes. There are other options at this site to make the tracker fit your needs/goals!

Shoe Tracker I found after I made my other one. Using them both for now 🙂

What are you doing to stay on track with your running/fitness/life goals as we head into month 2 of 2019?