Thanks to a Stranger

I run by feel.  If I am feeling good, I tend to run longer faster.  Yesterday I set out on my run after finally getting my toddler and baby down for naps and almost falling asleep myself. My initial intention was to go out for an hour since last week was so shitty I wanted to try to get at least 5 miles.  So I started out at about a 12 minute pace. The air was cool and I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt but it felt great.  I headed towards the local high school where there is a 1 mile loop that feels like a trail even though its paved.  Its quite beautiful with lots of foliage.  My plan was to run there and see how I felt, if I was feeling good, I would add more loops.

Have I mentioned how competitive I am?  Well I am very competitive almost to a fault.  So while I was finishing up what was supposed to be my final loop (I had done about a loop and a half)  I noticed a woman running in the opposite direction running quite fast.  Her form was terrible she looked awkward and was over exaggerating all of her movements.  It looked like so much more effort than necessary.  But she was kicking my ass.  Although she was running in the opposite direction she was running so much faster than me so I started to run faster.  I figured I could use a swift kick in the ass after last week.  So I started to run faster and found myself catching up with her earlier and earlier.  At that point I realized it had been an hour since I had left so I should probably start heading home.  But the faster pace felt great.  My legs felt strong so I took the long way home and added an extra mile.  Throughout my run I paid very little attention to my pace.  So when I got home and realized I had run a full minute faster for my 5th, 6th and 7th miles, I was ecstatic!  fitbit-11-13

Maybe the week off of running wasn’t the most terrible thing –  Hello 10:30 pace, how I have missed you.  So shout out to that random woman who made me realize that I still had it in me.

Happy Monday!

I want a do-over

Zero..  that’s how many miles I have run since my last post – More running needed.  I am not sure how I am going to train for this 40 miler.  I had a lot planned in my head for this week.  I was going to kill-it on my Fitbit Work Week challenge and give a bunch of folks a run for their money. I was going to wake up early invigorated that finally a woman had made it to the top position in the United States.  Instead I went to bed in dismay and woke up to a hacking six month old with an ear infection on 4 hours of sleep.  When sleep is disrupted its hard for mpaline to get back on track.  I NEED sleep.  So the rest of the week was a mess of trying to get more sleep with a toddler who’s protesting bed time for hours and a 6 month old that slept better being upright then laying down.  Its been tough a week.  So I want a do-over.  I’m sure I am not the only one.

Here’s to a weekend filled with family quality time and regrouping after this disastrous week and hopefully some running.

More running needed

I have come to the realization that if I am going to properly train for this 40 miler I am going to have to get out of my comfort zone.  On Saturday, I ran 3 miles in a new trail near my husband’s favorite local climbing spot.  It was pretty technical and there were leaves everywhere.  So needless to say, there was some tripping but luckily no falling.  I convinced myself to play it safe and repeat a loop several times instead of venturing out and running the 5 mile loop I had intended to complete.  Admittedly I was intimidated.  I was running without a phone on a new trail alone and I had just dropped off my husband and sons at a climbing spot a mile away so if something were to happen to me, they would be left without a car or a mom.  I felt like a wimp.  But now that I am writing this on,  I know I did the right thing.  I just need to plan better and get my phone fixed.  Now that I know where the trail is and what it looks like, I can plan better.  So I am excited to get out there and finish what I started.  I am not really sure how I am going to go from conquering a 5 mile trail to a 40 mile trail but we will see.  It made me feel a bit better that I had to hike to meet the family at the boulders so I did get another two miles in and check out this dope picture I got a the end:

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Tomorrow’s election day people.  I am excited to have this craziness over and hopefully welcome the first woman President.  Now that would be dope.

Happy Monday!