I Hit A Wall!

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January 9th is when I started my 13.1 running journey. On March 13, I did the 10K Shamrock Shuffle in Madison and then in week two of the Summer Foundations program, I joined my fellow Foundation friends and did the MadCity 50K relay on April 9. Two 10K’s in a little over 3 months of running, I felt awesome….. and then I hit a wall.

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Our MadCity 50K relay teams!

That week, I went out on Monday to run, and I was .5 miles into my run, and I just couldn’t do it. I stopped and walked the rest of my 2 mile run that day. Wednesday, April 13 was our Foundations training run program night and we had 3 miles to run. Again, I felt tired, in my head I was saying I hate this, and I ended up doing 2.5. A very tough 2.5. Saturday, April 16 – 5 mile run on the schedule. Instead, I did 4. Ok, I thought, one bad week, is ok.

Then comes the week of April 18. Monday, went out for a 2 mile run. I did it, but again, it felt so hard. I am thinking what is going on? I did a 10K, no problem less than two weeks ago.

Thursday, April 21st I left for vacation with a good friend to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. (GREAT VACATION SPOT BY THE WAY). I did not run on vacation but I did do a lot of walking, if that counts for anything.

Albuquerque, NM

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Camel Rock, Sante Fe, NM

I am sitting in the Denver airport right now, and Monday will start a new day and a new week. I have to follow the advice of Taylor Swift and “Shake it Off”. I have to put the bad two weeks behind me, and focus on getting back to my training. I guess with anything in life, there are ups and downs. Here’s to going back up!

The Hardest Thing About Running Is……..

images (3)I am discovering the hardest thing about running is getting my ass out the door. It is amazing the amount of excuses one can come up with to get out of exercising.

We are in week four of my training program, and I must admit, I have slacked a bit.  I still got my running miles in for the week, but I have slacked on the cross and strength training. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling the greatest so I missed my evening group training run. I do look forward to meeting up with everyone and the group makes it a lot more fun. I decided to honor my body and stay in.

Being that I missed Wednesday, I had to get my run in the next day. I had meetings in the morning and I got home later than I thought from them.  I had wanted to get out by 2:00pm.  When I got home my head was filled with “to do” items from the meeting. I changed into my running clothes, and told myself, “catch up on the e-mails and phone calls you have to do now and the rest can wait until after your run.” I put a time limit – I could work until 3:30 and then I had to run.

IMG_20160204_164156554_HDRI listened to myself and 3:30 I was out the door.  I still wasn’t feeling it, and again negotiated with myself, “ok, if I just do one mile, out and back, at least I would have two miles in for the day.”  Better than nothing.

I got to one mile, and thought, I can do this and I kept running. I ran 3.5 miles. My longest run to date. I felt so proud of myself after I got done…and then I thought, why do I drag my feet when I know I will feel so good after?

Bonus of my run – enjoying the beauty around me. I had to stop to capture these two pics!  Enjoy.

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