It Takes a Bad Run to Appreciate the Good Ones

Last time I spoke about running I was doubting everything I set out to do this year.  How was I going to run 40 miles when 20 felt so terrible? What was I thinking signing up for all of this when I had a baby 9 months ago? Why do I do this to myself?

Well, this past Saturday I set out with my trail sister @lifeonatrail to truly conquer the yellow trail at the Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia  I had done the trail on my own but there is a section that is closed that I was too intimidated to do alone.  So we set out shortly after noon and the trail was a muddy, snowy, slippery mess but the miles went by with ease and the conversation followed.  It felt great even with soaking wet muddy feet.

We conquered the closed section which added more mileage than I anticipated and ended up having to cut the run short a bit for her sake she was only supposed to do 15 but we ended at 20 miles.  I was able to add 3.5 more miles  with the help of my amazing husband and our double bob stroller.  He took this awesome picture of me:

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If the sun wasn’t setting I would have ran all the way home!

Happy Hump Day!

 

I can do 20, I am not so sure about 40

I can run 20 miles.  I have run 20 miles about 4 times in the last month or so but I am not confident about 40 miles.  It’s not just the distance.  Its about 4,000 feet in elevation.  It’s definitely above my capacity right now and I do not have the luxury to walk because of the time limit.  I have to admit, I may be in over my head.  This year was about getting out of my comfort zone and I think I have succeeded.  I also think I may have picked the wrong year to do this.  I had a baby 8 months ago.  I think I may be in a too much too soon scenario.  Either way I have signed up, I have raised funds and I am not going to give up now.

I have to get my head in the game and right now its not.  I need to make the most of these next couple of weeks and really stick to my training plan, figure out my nutrition and get the right gear because all of these things will make or break me on race day.

2017 New Years Resolutions

So here goes nothing…. drumroll please… here are my 2017 New Years Resolutions:

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  – the day before my 36th birthday!
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – Already 27% there but I only have 2 months left to raise the funds.
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017 – Almost 1 year to the date of giving birth to Bowen.
  4. Lose the baby weight – I am over it.  I want to feel and look like myself again.  Current Weight – 140 lbs/Goal weight – 120 lbs. 20 lbs to go!
  5. Rock climb More – No set amount just get on the wall/outside more.
  6. Travel More – France and Niagara Falls are already on the list.
  7. Blog More – No set rules just simply more
  8. One small house project a month – complete with a blog post about it.
  9. Declutter – more donations and selling.
  10. Spend less – what’s the point of decluttering if I am just going to fill the house back up with more stuff?

Wish me luck!!