I Fell Back in Love with Running

A few weeks ago, I was in Las Vegas for a work conference.  I learned a ton and it was great.  MB went and we had great evenings eating delicious dinner and exploring the casinos on the strip.  We also lost $14.

Another exciting thing happened while we were away, I fell back in love with running!

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my yay running face/outfit

As you may remember, after the Rock N Roll Marathon in New Orleans, I felt a little lost with running.  I sort of stopped really been running as a result.  The weather had been really crappy and I’ve felt really off when I’m on the treadmill.  But the ‘mill was the only option while we were away.  I told myself that I could indulge in tasty dinner and the desserts at the resort with MB if I ran every day of the conference.  I ran 3, 4, 5 and 3 miles and it WAS AWESOME.

Each time I have hit the treadmill since that trip, I notice that I’m able to run faster for longer.  Last week I was running 2 miles in about 20 minutes flat {which is fast for me, don’t judge}.  Then on Sunday, i had the mother of all awesome runs — 4 miles averaging 9:33 — our last mile was 9:15!!  I ran with Tom, which helps because he is long legged and in amazing shape for his upcoming half marathon.  But it was then that I was like YES!  I can do this!  I feel strong and fast and capable.  I intend to hold onto that feeling.

And here’s how I plan to do it.

  •  3 strategic runs per week:  As a modified run less, run faster I’m going to hit the trail or the ‘mill at least three times.  One shorter speed work out, one tempo run and one long run.  This week is already  getting gazorched {for super fun reasons} but I think if I get in the groove now I can keep it up until MCM training starts in June. {with Mandy!  Praise the sweet baby Jesus in a manger!}
  • 2-3 days of Barre per week:  Since starting Class Pass {more on that tomorrow} I have been getting to at least two barre classes a week.  Ya’ll.  Barre is hard.  Each studio is not created equally, obvs, but each one is challenging and legit making me stronger.  I can do one full push up!  For years I’ve been trying to figure out how to combine strength into my routine and I think I’ve finally figured it out.
  • Continue to fuel well and count my steps:  Part of my success is thinking about my health and fitness outside or running.  Fueling and feeling better are a start but I’ve also started standing more than sitting and keeping track of how many steps I take a in a day {want to be fitbit friends?}.  With all things, some days are better than others, but being more cognizant is a great first step for me.

As far as goals, I have Coach Jeff’s Ultra pacing and the Alexandria Half marathon on the horizon.  As I continue to evaluate my fitness I’ll try to dream up some realistic and hopeful goals.

How is YOUR training going these days?

8 thoughts on “I Fell Back in Love with Running

  1. rundoodlerun says:

    That’s so great that you found your mojo again!! Sometimes we need to go through the phases to really appreciate what it is that we’re able to do. Your plan looks totally doable!

    My training is been all over the place this winter. It’s not that I don’t love running (I do), it’s that I really DON’T love 15 degrees! Now that it’s getting warmer and the snow is quickly disappearing, I’m really looking forward to getting back into outdoor running on a more regular basis.

  2. Lauren Hopkins says:

    My training has been all over the place. I’ve had several set backs – sinus infection followed by bed bugs followed by freezing temps and no treadmill at home followed by a cold then a kidney infection – ugh. I’m hoping to get back on track now (I’ve yet to complete all of the runs on my training plan in any given week), but I also have a lot of work travel coming up, so we’ll see :-/

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