Life Lately + Some Reflection on Running

Hey hey! And happy Friday! I hope you are enjoying your summer as we head into the month of August soon!

Our lives have been pretty crazy lately. Aaron is going to be starting a new job soon and we are moving this weekend.  Plus today was my last day at my current job (we are moving far enough away that the commute wasn’t worth it).  So I’ve been busy searching and am opening up to new opportunities, which is extremely scary and exciting at the same time. The possibilities of what I could do next are endless! (I’ve actually been considering going back to school and completely changing my career path)! But, we shall see how things pan out for me.

Anyways, as I’m over here having minor moving panic attacks and anxiety I’ve been really trying to channel that energy into running and marathon training. Not going to lie though, being mentally drained from the whole moving/job change/uncertainty of what I’m going to do with my life and career, makes it mentally difficult to crank out the workouts and mileage.  But running is honestly the only thing that is stable and keeps me sane right now.  I mean you never regret a run, right?

As I’ve shared in one of my previous posts, I have a HUGE running goal. Training has been more intense than I’m used to. My body has been taking the adjustment alright. I’ve been tired and hungry the majority of the time (which is to be expected).With it being a hotter summer I haven’t been able to hit every workout pace as I had hoped. AND, am left after runs feeling insanely sweaty and gross! {Sidenote: Can I just say holy laundry?! Both Aaron and I are running a lot and I’m not kidding you, I do laundry every other day! Also, not to mention the grocery bill creeping higher and higher with every passing week…I digress}.  I just have to keep reminding myself that there are highs and lows to running and that’s OK!  It’s part of the training process and you have to trust the process.

Now, looking back at how I’ve grown as a runner is so crazy to me!  I’m so proud of myself for sticking with the sport for the past 7 years.  I started running at a 10:20 minute mile for my first half marathon with ONLY running miles for training to running a half marathon a an 8:17 minute pace to incorporating workouts (tempo runs, hill repeats etc.).  I mean that’s so crazy! Am I right?!  Back when I started I also never thought I’d say that I would be signed up for my 3rd marathon. And here I am in the midst of training for my 3rd marathon.  Never say never! 😉 P.S. Shout out to my awesome husband who I credit for peaking my interest in marathons…he makes running them look fun!

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10K Turkey Trot circa 2011

 

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Post Lakefront Marathon circa 2016

In all seriousness, my hope is that from this post you take away that you can start running from nothing. You don’t have to run in high school or college to be a “runner.” In the words of Bill Rodgers; “Anybody can be a runner… We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It’s the easiest sport.”

Your running and relationship with running will have its highs and lows.  It’s not always going to be great or perfect. Put in the hard work and you will reap the benefits. And no matter how crazy or screwed up your life is, you won’t regret going out for a run.

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Recent Long Run 2017 – I didn’t regret this one! 😉

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