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Doing my best

I had to help a friend out with her dental board exams today so it was later in the afternoon (and quite warm) before I was able to head out for a run. My half marathon is in two weeks! So I had a long run (9-11 miles) scheduled for today.

When I got started, I felt great. Running felt easy today! But unfortunately, about 1.5 miles in, I had to go to the bathroom (no. 2, sorry if that’s TMI). I was not near a good place to go to the bathroom at the time so I kept on running.

I ran 4 miles in 40 minutes.

I carried a water bottle and took a minute walk break to drink water every 15 minutes. I felt really good about that time and distance, even though I set out to do a much longer run. Honestly, I’m sure the heat would’ve gotten to me not much longer into it. I thought about going back out after I stopped at home, but Suzie was being so cute, so I decided to be a good mama and take her to the dog park instead.

So I consider this all a success 🙂 I did the best I could for today and that’s all I can ask for.

Back in the saddle

Today, I went on my first run in nearly a week!

I took it a little easy since it had been several days and I am coming off of an illness. I did pretty well, but toward the end my cough was bothering me and my left calf hurt.

  • Time: 44:11
  • Distance: 4.23 miles
  • Average Pace: 10:27/mile

After lots of water and stretching, I felt GREAT. Getting back to my regular exercise and a re-focused approach to eating has made this day absolutely amazing.

Why do people hate Mondays? Ha ha.

Our weather is about to turn gorgeous and warm…I can’t wait for more outdoor runs this week. Even today in the 50’s was pleasant. I’m also looking forward to my 10-mile race on Saturday, whether or not I’m prepared for it 😉

Breaking the funk

If you’ve read my food blog recently you might have seen that I’ve been in sort of a “funk” lately. Nothing has happened, I just feel “off” somehow.

But I think I’m finally starting to feel a little more like me again and today’s run really helped with that.

The weather was in the high 40’s and the sun was nowhere to be seen. At first, I thought this was a bad thing but it ended up being really great running weather.

As soon as my feet hit the pavement, I was enjoying the run. I just felt good. No aches, no pains, no heavy breathing. Just awesome!

  • Time: 38:07
  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Pace: 9:32/mile

This run was definitely a start to breaking me out of the funk. I’m hoping to do it again tomorrow!

I’m going out of town later this week and I have some really great guest posts lined up for you all that I know you will enjoy. But for now, I will “see” you tomorrow!

How do you deal with “the funk” in your life?

Pushing the limit

Yesterday, I ran 4 miles on the treadmill.

I was “scheduled” for 5, but when I was closing in on 4, I figured I’d better quit while I was ahead. My knees were starting to hurt and I was feeling fatigued. A sure sign that I need to start refueling during longer runs, perhaps around mile 3?

I also felt like my “limit” on the treadmill was pushed a bit. I like to reserve it for short and speedy runs but today it was just too cold and I was in no mood to dodge snow and ice on the street and sidewalks. So getting to 4 was actually a big accomplishment, in my mind.

I took a short walking break in the middle to drink some water and catch my breath, so this pace is a bit slower than usual. But it was still a good run and I was proud afterwards!

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 45:11

Pace: 11:18/mile

My iPod was not working, so I had a lot of time to think during this run. Actually, that is what I prefer to do most of the time but the treadmill sometimes calls for distractions 😉

On this run, I got to thinking about the word training.

After some runs, I’m discouraged when my pace is slower than normal or when I can’t meet a distance I had set out to do. But isn’t that the point of training?

I can’t be at my best right now. I’m working towards it. It takes time, practice, patience. That is what training is all about! I’ll get there, it just won’t happen overnight. I have to keep at it.

So, I’m hopeful that even though the past few weeks have been challenging with the snow/ice and other conditions that have kept me from running as much as I would like, I can still train from here on out and do the best that I can considering the circumstances.

Heavy legs

When it was almost time for Farrah and I to go for our 4 mile run today, I didn’t want to. I felt kind of tired and just blah mentally. I even tweeted about it!

But I looked to the positive: the temperature is in the high 30’s and there is suddenly an abundance of sunshine. So at the very least, I can go outside and get some Vitamin D, right? I also felt very thankful for my training partner and friend today 🙂

I knew I was slow when we first started but truthfully, Farrah spent most of our run several feet in front of me. But I just kept chugging along. I never felt like walking or slowing down, my legs just felt “heavy” and didn’t want to move any faster than my pace.

Distance: 4.31 miles

Time: 43:14

Pace: 10:02/mile

Funny how that run felt slow, huh? I’m very pleased with how things turned out. And I’m glad I didn’t let my mental funk talk me out of running today.

If you’ve ever not felt like working out, what did you do to get yourself moving?