Random bullets from a blogging NON-superstar the last month!
*Ran a PR marathon less than a month ago but at times it seems like 2 years ago!!! Finished my marathon training cycle which was about 10 loosely structured, but strong weeks (on a solid base). Less miles than I've run in the past but feeling great and healthy!! PR's in the 800, the mile, 5K, HM and marathon in a period of about 3 months. Lots to smile about.
*I recovered from this race PROPERLY. I felt amazingly good after the fact but kept my runs short and easy for a couple of weeks and no speed. For the first time EVER, I felt complete peace in doing this. I enjoyed every run I was able to get in but did NOT feel the stress of losing my precious gains or having to maintain my fitness level..... If injury has taught me one thing, it's that my body can come back, even stronger, from a loss of fitness. It responds WELL to rest and recovery and I need this so much. A spring chicken, I no longer am!!!
*Recovery was made easier based on the fact that I have been working A LOT the last month. A LOT of very physical work. Many many hours, but by choice, and extremely satisfying for me:) I find busy-ness (always uncertain on how to spell that and much to lazy to google) often reduces my stress level. When I'm busy or preoccupied with specific intentional thought, I have less time to let my wind wander and obsess about silly things....Working full-time has honestly been a stress reliever for me. Financially, things are more relaxed with hockey season looming and I just feel a sense of purpose in certain areas... I'm really so very satisfied in many aspects of my life right now actually.... A wonderful place to be. I feel at peace and I've let go of some things that I've somehow allowed to cause issue in my life the past year. Just really really HAPPY!
*As I mentioned I've been keeping my runs fairly short. 30-40 minutes a day and then a little longer on the weekends. Reduced mileage, no stress of pace, no specific speedwork, and some other unidentified contributing factors have led to a faster overall pace especially this past week....I am NOT "training" so I have little concern about the "right" way or fast/slow or HR or anything right now for that matter! My concern is letting off a little steam and grabbing an endorphin snack for a half an hour in whatever way feels right:) Ran 4 miles in a 6:50 average the other day and a 7:19 average for 31 miles so far this week. Runs seem very different to me right now. I look at 4-6 miles as such an easy thing to accomplish in a day and I'm enjoying the way I'm viewing running in my life for this "in limbo" period.
*My initial plan was to move into training for 5k even yet this fall. I have never specifically trained for anything but a marathon and quite frankly I've always hated the 5K. I mentally struggle with this distance. It's OK if I'm using it for a marathon as a training tool because the pressure is lower but otherwise I mostly avoid it! I've really never pushed the envelope with speed though and I think I actually have more potential here than I've let myself believe. Interesting talks with a knowledgeable friend who has ran WITH me and always believed this in me led me to exploring this....That being said and regressing back to where I was initially going with this paragraph, I've decided to hold off on it for another month. The Thanksgiving season VERY busy for me with work, my kids have 12-15 hockey practices a week with games and tournaments and I think I will just hold on for one more month of doing what I'm doing before I jump back on the training wagon since I'm enjoying it!! I don't have a specific goal race in mind until a HM next spring so lots of time in there to work on and race 5K should I choose!
*For every marathon I promise myself a reward. I don't consider a PR a good enough reward... The reward has to be material-ha! When my husband gets a deer (his hobby) he gets a $700 hideous mount to hang on the wall so therefore I too deserve a reward for my hobby and the effort I put into it-ha! Kidding....kind of:):) This year I wanted a weekend away with my husband (no kids) which I got and thoroughly enjoyed last weekend and then also I splurged and bought myself a new Lululemon jacket and tights which literally cost more than my grocery budget for 3 weeks....and I have athletic HUNGRY kids....
COMPLETELY random sidenotes.
*My sister Keri is adopting a beautiful baby girl from Congo. She was in the process of adopting from Ethiopia when a child found abandoned in the capital city of Congo was just placed in her virtual arms and she felt compelled to bring her into her family. This has been an emotional and very exciting time. My family is CLOSE. I am VERY close with my 4/5 sisters.....So much going on trying to bring this baby home!! Once the paperwork is done and your WAITING child has a name and a face....it becomes impossibly difficult to play the waiting game....Keri is truly a remarkable person. A wonderful person, a wonderful writer who expresses her feelings so very well.
*My sister Christy is due the beginning of February! I'm pumped for babies!!!
*My kids are AWESOME! Loving their ages and especially loving high school humor. So blessed!
*Buying a ticket to Boston in April! Very excited to spectate and cheer on some great running friends and to actually SEE the super elites!!! Moreso however, I'm just excited for a weekend away by myself and a chance to spend some time with people who are important to me!
*Really looking forward to the hockey season! My kids are on SUPER teams this year with SUPER coaches and SUPER teammates and SUPER parents. I'm really excited to travel with my friends and cheer on my kids! Really really excited!!!
*And next week, back to picture of my kids swinging next to animals on the swingset. The life of a redneck wife and mother in small town America during hunting season......