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!

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!

13.5 miles training run

So I survived my second half marathon since having my baby 5.5 months ago.  Of course there were more lessons learned so here goes my list:

  1. Short running shorts are for skinny girls. The chaffing.  Oh the chaffing! Literally I was rubbing Neosporin  on my palm sized areas of my thighs were there used to be skin and my toddler came around the corner and said “Mommy, you have diaper rash?”
  2. As I suspected last weekend, trails are a lot softer on my body. Maybe it was the 2nd half too but I didn’t feel as beat up except for the chaffing.
  3. I need to run more all of the time.  I am a perfectionist at heart so I get discouraged easily if I am not following a training schedule exactly as it is laid out.  Well you know what? I am also a full time working mom of two so I need to stop with the ridiculousness and just do what I can when I can.  That starts now.
  4. Trails are beautiful and I should run them more often.  Check out this awesome pic from my girl over at Nature or Bust follow her on instagram here – her pictures are dope.batona-trailHappy Halloween!