Category Archives: Running

New Year. More Miles.

Happy New Year! I can’t believe how fast 2014 flew by!

Last year, I made a few running and fitness goals. (Shown below)

  1. Run at least 2 Half-Marathons
  2. Run a Half-Marathon under 2 hours and 15 minutes
  3. Run over 200 Miles in 2014
  4. Eat clean, cut out processed food as much as possible.
  5. Give up Chocolate for one month. (This will be extremely hard, since I’m addicted)
  6. Bike 100 Miles in a MS Bike Tour
  7. Run a Marathon.

Unfortunately I was only able to complete one out of the eight.  I had a handful of setbacks in 2014 with running injuries and illnesses. Needless to say 2014 wasn’t my year for wellness.

But that’s okay. Because, now I’m able to stick to the goals I made in 2014 and complete them this year.

Without further to do, here’s my new personal fitness goals for 2015…

1. Run a Marathon
2. Bike 180 Miles for Children’s Miracle Networks. I must raise $450 before I can bike. Here is my fundraising page.
3. Run over 300 miles
4. Run at least two half-marathons
5. Strengthen shins and overall muscles

My main focus this year will be training for my first-ever marathon. I am planning to run 26.2 in the Fall.

So here’s to another wonderful year of health and fitness!

 

 

 

 

Half-Marathon Training (Round 5)

Hello!

I’ve haven’t blogged for a while have I?
No worries, I was just enjoying my summer!(Full of summer classes and work…yuck!)

So now I’m here to update you on some exciting events!
But first I have a confession…
I didn’t train for any races this summer. Honestly, I barely ran. Oops.

But now, it’s time to get back on track to train for my fifth half-marathon!
Could anything in this world be better?
Yes.

My best friend (who’ve I’ve known my whole life) is training for her first half-marathon with me! I’m so excited to see how we progress in the next 11 weeks!

Yesterday, we wrapped up our first week of training with a beautiful 5 mile morning run! We even passed Kenyans on the way! (I’m not kidding!) (I may have “fan-girled” a little bit)

So here’s to the beginning of another round of training.

(And junior year of college)

Falling in love again

The best kinds of runs are unplanned and unplugged.
It does not matter how far you go, or how fast you run.
All that matters is the enjoyment of the road that lies ahead.

Sometimes, we get too wrapped up in training.
Sometimes, we worry a little too much about pace.

But mostly we forget that…It’s okay to just run.

Leave the headphones and Garmin at home.
Listen, as the earth moves around you.
Feel the sun as it sets and breeze as it blows.
Smell the salt of the ocean in the air.
And let the stars guide you to a place of running bliss.

Don’t stop, until you fall in love all over again.

-SAS

 

Tonight, I went on a late-night run when I came back home to my parents house for the weekend. It was my first real run since my fourth half-marathon. I took all of May off to allow my shin to heal. I have to admit going one month without running was tough. Getting back to the running grind was even tougher. I found myself obsessing over how much endurance  I would lose, since I took a month off. I also found myself worrying about my pace. I was actually afraid to begin again. Until tonight.

Tonight I had no plans on running when I returned home. But when I found myself sitting on my couch, I had the motivation to lace up. So, without my Garmin or any plan of where I was going, I just ran. I had headphones in for a short time, but ended up ripping them out and listening to my surroundings. I ran under a beautiful star-lit sky and listened to the sounds of crickets hiding in the country fields. I wasn’t worried about time. I wasn’t constantly looking down at a watch. All I did was enjoy this wonderful “hobby” of mine. And for the first time in a long time, it didn’t feel like a chore to me. I fell in love all over again, which is what inspired me to write this whole post tonight.
I’ve decided I’m going to begin running randomly more. The past few months, I’ve lost a good portion of my motivation to run. Most of it was due to the wicked winter and injury recovery. I think “random runs’ will help bring back the motivation.  I’ve gotten too caught up in bringing my pace down and running longer distances. Now, it’s time to just focus on myself and motivation to run. (:

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

And the results are….

Shin splints. BAD shin splints. Basically the worst I’ve ever had. Since last night, I’ve had extreme pain in my right leg. So this morning I decided to go to the doctor’s. Two crutches later, I have physical therapy for me lined up and another doctors visit next week -_-
As of now, it’s a Netflix marathon on my couch with ice.

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Have you ever been injured after a race? How did you heal?

Fourth Half-Marathon Recap

Now, I can officially say I’ve completed four half-marathons. (what?!?! that’s insane!)
It was a great first race of the year and I’m so happy I was able to run without shin splints! It’s almost as if a miracle happened when I was running today. (No shin pain!)

Here’s a few photos to recap my race weekend(:

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As you might be able to tell…I was snapchatting while running. Because, what else is there to do when running 13.1 miles?

 

 

 

 

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End of Race Picture with my cousins who I ran with last year!

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This was taken right after I got done running. Yikes! I was freezing and tired.

So since my first-half of the year is over…when’s the next race?!

Have a great week everyone!

 

Sunday RunDay

Wellllll, I am two days away from running my fourth half-marathon! (It’s so weird to think I’ve already ran three!)

Anywho, like I’ve said in previous posts, this training seasons has been rough.

Come Sunday, I know I won’t PR. It was my goal this year, to make it under 2:10, but I’ve made peace with myself that my body is not trained well enough.

All that matters is I cross the finish line on Sunday. It  just might be my worse half-marathon time ever, but I’ll have other races to make up for it(:

So here’s to finishing another 13.1 (hopefully without the pain of shin splints)

OH! And here’s to nice weather. Last year, I ran the same race in the pouring rain….yuck.