Hey, friends! Hope you had a lovely weekend. I know I still owe you a second Maui post detailing my Road to Hana excursion, and I promise to get that up soon, but it hit me that I really haven’t done much run talk on here lately, so I wanted to remedy that today.
So, here’s my relationship with running lately:
Still running regularly? Yes, absolutely, 4-5 days a week.
Training for anything? Nope, not specifically, these past few months.
Next race: Brooklyn Half in May (love this race!).
Favorite runs recently: In Maui, we ran almost every morning on the beach walk along the ocean, which was absolutely delightful and the best way to start our days in paradise. It was also a good lesson for me in not being so hard on myself in regards to running and my body, and just allow myself to enjoy the sunshine & the beauty all around me & the blessing of being alive & healthy & happy & present in that moment, with the boy, in such an incredible place. I didn’t count miles (I think we did between 4-5 most days) or use a Garmin or worry if I had to stop and walk a bit because it was so hot — I just let myself take it all in and BE. It was wonderful for me to be able to view running like that.
What about long runs? Honestly, there haven’t been many of those lately. This past weekend I ran 4 miles on Saturday morning before transitioning into a 4-mile speed walk (that half with the boy), as I just completely lacked energy and my legs weren’t feeling it. Sometimes you just need to listen to your body and be okay with that. Yesterday I did 6 miles on the treadmill, as it was insanely windy and pretty chilly.
My longest run in the past few weeks was an 8 (hilly) miler upstate last weekend, and it felt hard at the end — my legs were really tired. I could let this get me down, but I’m learning to take it all in stride and do what I can and remember that I will be able to build back up again once the nice weather arrives. I’ve done this before; I will do it again.
So, what’s been the norm? I’ve fallen into a habit of running between 4-6 miles, 4-5 times a week these past few weeks, and I’m feeling pretty good keeping this base and looking forward to upping my weekend long runs as Spring arrives.
Something exciting in runnews: I signed up for my third marathon today!
And yes, this is the same marathon I ran last year…and in 2013 as well. At some point I will consider diversifying my marathon locales, but having run this race in my hometown twice before and thoroughly enjoying my experiences, I want to continue running this one as many years “running” (yuck yuck) as I can. I love the course, I love the time of year, and I love being able to run in the place I consider home, and having the people I love most there to cheer me on. It’s an ideal race for me, so I’m stoked to do it again. I’m just going to remind myself how many of life’s problems I can solve in that time span. 😉
And because the obsession is real:
Runners: What’s new in your world? Training for any races?
Tell me the best part of your weekend!