Life, Running

Running, or not

I’m not sure what happened this week, I wrote a post on Wednesday and when I wen to post it, BAM! it was gone. I still am not sure where in cyber world it went. Yesterday was when I noticed it really wasn’t posted, looked for it, tried to re-write it to post yesterday- computer locked up three times and I just had to walk away. Today, I decided the topic at had must be different, the universe (or my computer) just didn’t think we should talk about crochet edge blankets this week… maybe another time.

Today I really want to talk about running. It’s been a bit since I’ve had a running post. I’ve made a few decisions this week as well. First- I won’t be running the St. Louis Half Marathon this year. My heart hasn’t been in full out half marathon training, and I just don’t wan to pay for a race I’m not trained for. I also decided not to go, because I am taking an exceptional amount of days (not really, but more than I usually do) off this half of the school year, and feel bad putting my daycare families into a spot where they need to find coverage or take the day off.

I am still all in excited about Ragnar Chicago! I haven’t been running as far as I would like, but I have been running 2-3 miles 3-4 times a week. On Sunday I headed out for what I intended to be a 4 mile run, but I guess I am faster than I used to be, my run ended up being just over 5 miles. I use an app call Aaptive that has workouts with music and the trainers tell you what to do. These workouts are nice when I want to do some speed work, because the trainer tells me when to go fast and when to recover. I used their Half Marathon plan for my last half marathon and was happy with my 2:09 for my first ever half!

We had a big snowstorm on Monday, my workout was shoveling for the next two days, then I was able to head out and run outside again!  My runs since Sunday have been back in the 2 mile range as my SIL and her husband both tested positive for Influenza and I watch their daughter who ended up feverish and lethargic Saturday-Tuesday. I really really really don’t want to get influenza. I have been taking vitamin C, lots and lots of fluids, go to bed early so I don’t get wore out, and keeping my runs low key and a little shorter. So far so good!

What are your favorite ways to stay healthy? Any other great running apps out there? How do you stay motivated?

Running

Mother Runner

My running journey began October 29, 2016.  Over some wine, a friend tried talking me into running a marathon. We agreed to start with a half marathon.  At this point, I hated running.  The thought made me cringe, but I needed to get off my butt and start doing something to be healthier. Life happened, and my friend was not able to train and run the half with me, but my wonderful husband did! We each completed our first half marathon in May 6, 2017.

I then decided I should take on a full marathon, knowing I needed a goal to keep myself working on my running. There were bumps in my training plan stemming from injury and illness- cat bites, strained muscles… I was still able to complete my first marathon in Luck, WI October 7, 2017.

Since completing the full marathon, I have struggled to stay motivated. When my darling husband mentioned he thought he could/would like to run a Ragnar relay, I jumped right on board. We started putting together a team to run Ragnar Chicago. Join me on my Running journey as I join the “Sprinting Turtles” on our journey of  training and racing from Chicago to Madison.

I also decided I want to visit a good friend from college, so am (planning on) running the St. Louis Half Marathon in April. I am hoping to improve my half marathon time, and put myself in a good position to have a blast running Ragnar.

I want everyone to remember that no matter what, we all have to start somewhere! I started from sitting on the couch, drinking wine, wishing I was in better shape. It didn’t happen over night, although some/many of my runs were in the dark.  I did what I did for myself, and my girls – they deserved to see that hard work and perseverance are what it takes to reach your goals.