Hello all! February flew by, which means it’s time to reveal my March plan!
The last three days in March will be apart of my April schedule. (aka why this schedule ends on the 28th)
It’s getting close to my half and my bike-a-thon!
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.
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!
This is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy.
This post is going to be kind of long tonight, considering I haven’t posted any content since January.
First things first: I’ve been busy. Extremely busy. With that being said I put my blog on the back burner for a few months. I needed to focus more on school, work, training, and all other life related events.
Second: Let’s talk about my training for my fourth half-marathon.
I’m going to start this out by saying the word…difficult. This is the first time I’ve had an extreme amount of trouble training for a half-marathon. Not only because my schedule has been busy, but because of my own health and Ohio’s INSANE winter. A good chunk of January, and a little into February I was sick with multiple different viruses. [Bronchitis, cold, flu you name it…I had it.] Unfortunately, this put a hold on a good chunk of my training January-February. Although when I was well enough to run, it was on the treadmill.
Which leads me to my third topic: The DREADmill.[Image found on Pinterest]
This winter, I got to know the treadmill a little too well. But for most of January-March the treadmill was the only option. Winter has been brutal this year…for everyone. (I know I’m not the only runner who feels this way and I hope we can all vent back and forth about ice and snow.) Anyway since I’ve gotten to know the treadmill waaaayyy to well this winter, there’s one thing I’d like to tell it: See you in late late late December.
I can’t say I completely hate the treadmill, but I can’t say I love it either. Using the treadmill for so long, has truly caused so much pain in my shins! Today I had to get off at .3 miles because my left shin was in so much pain. Not only was I frustrated, I was embarrassed. My 3 miles I planned to run, turned into a half hour ride on the stationary bike. Therefore I decided after today’s catastrophe…I quit. I’m giving up on the Treadmill until there’s extreme ice and snow on the ground again. Luckily, it looks like Ohio is finally warming up. FINALLY! No more below freezing temperatures or icy conditions that will keep me inside this spring! I’m so done with being in a gym! Unless it’s below 20 degrees, you’re about to see my butt out on the road training.
Therefore, that last sentence brings me to my final topic: Half-Marathon Emotions.
There is exactly one month until the race. And how do I feel? Scared. I’ve barely gotten any good long runs in and I wanted to PR this half. So far, (as you can tell) my training hasn’t gone smoothly. Because of this, it’s been hard for me to stay motivated and inspired. So I’ll fully admit I’m a bit scared to run in it. I’m not afraid I won’t finish, but I am afraid that I won’t finish strong. Although, I’m aware that I still have one full month of training left. I still have a little bit of a chance of turning my training around. So here’s to one more month of training!
[Also, I’m asking for some motivation! I’m going to need it! Comment below, Thank you!!]
Now I’ll end this post with my April Training Schedule. Here’s to run-able weather!
This is a new twist to my blog, that I’m hoping will work. I want to post a forum weekly about why all of you viewers choose to live a fit life. I want to share YOUR story on my blog for motivation and inspiration. It doesn’t have to be about running, but it does have to be about a healthy lifestyle. And of course, it can be anonymous. So let me ask my first question….
Welcome to the beginning of a new and wonderful week everyone! Can you believe January is almost over?
Which means….my February running schedule will be up in a few days! Here’s a sneak peek….
I’ve decided with my monthly running schedules, I’ll be putting a quote at the bottom of each one. This quote begins with “Run like you’re falling madly in love” …why?
Because Valentine’s Day is this month duh!
…oh and my birthday(:
So in February for whatever you may be training for…run for something or someone and love every moment of it!
I am so excited to train for a full marathon this year. I so badly can’t wait when I’m training to run past 13.1.
When I began training for my first half-marathon last year, I remember it feeling like such an accomplishment to run past a 5K… I almost cried. The feeling of doing something you’ve never done before is close to indescribable.
Unfortunately, I don’t feel that way anymore when I run past 3, 4, or 5 miles, because I’ve already done it. I know I can do it. Which is still a fantastic feeling, but not the same as completing it for the first time.
So my question for all of you runners is…
I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and spent quality time with friends and family!
It’s officially 2014 and what better way to start the year off, then making a few goals?
Last night, I wrote down my personal fitness goals for the new year, and I’d love to share them with you!
This morning I kicked off the New Year with a total of one mile on the treadmill, in a new pair of running shoes. WOO!
Over 200 miles here I come!
I think: I could be running right now.
When I have my hour and 15 minute lectures, I sometimes calculate how many miles I could complete if I didn’t attend class. (a little over six miles to be exact)
When else do I calculate how many miles I can run in a period of time?
When I have four hour labs. (Insert boredom face here)
I could run a half-marathon in that time. Even PAST 13.1 miles if I was truly up to it.
To sum this post up, running is always on my mind.
Is this a problem? Maybe.
Is it an addiction? Definitely.
Is it healthy? Sure, if you consider paying money to run x amount of miles is(;
As of now I have thirty minutes before my next class. How far could I run in this time?
A: A 5K.
Have a great Thursday everyone!
Thanks for reading my runners rant!
Do any of you do the same thing? Please tell me I’m not the only one!