Warm(ish) weather and new running shoes!

Enough said. Life is good!

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Finally got to take these babies for a test drive!

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Snagged Some Sun

It has been raining here lately… a lot!  Normally, I like a bit of rain (hell, I used to live in Ireland – if you don’t like rain there, you’re screwed!).  I’ve also appreciated that there haven’t been too many oppressively hot days yet this summer. And, every day hasn’t been rainy (just most of them!) – we got in a hike on Sunday (during a quick reprieve from the rain), and have been less distracted by outdoor adventures enough that we’ve found time to go to the movies.  We saw Iron Man 3 and Star Trek: Into Darkness, and liked them both.   BUT, I’ve been lame and have not been running in the rain.  

Now, don’t get me wrong – I often really enjoy running in the rain, but I haven’t been feeling it (or any of the hassles that come along with wet clothes and gear!) and am really trying to keep things simple this summer.  So, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been focusing on my lifting (cross-training) and yoga.  

Today, though, we had sun for about 4 hours (yippie!), so Wendy and I scooted out for an easy 3-mile run around the neighborhood.  It was nice.  Lifting is really helping with my running.  While my calves were screaming (as they always do when I take a break from running – even if only for a week), the rest felt great.  The same pace requires less effort – so, what would have been a really tough gut-busting workout has now become a relaxed run.  Why, oh why, did I put off getting back under the bar?!?!

When we got home, I had a nice glass of chocolate milk and read a magazine on the deck until the clouds came back!  Not a bad way to spend an afternoon! 🙂

Keeping it Simple

I’m keeping it simple.  After following a pretty strict training plan for the last 6+ months, I needed a break.  The structured training was great for recovery from my injury, and gave me great confidence with my running progress.  However, since I don’t have any races scheduled, I’m taking it easy.

I’m lifting pretty hard, so I’m taking it easy on the roads.  Over the years I’ve learned that I have to listen to my body – the times when I haven’t is when I’ve gotten injured.  Wendy and I are enjoying our runs, and they are restorative and fun.  It’s nice to not stress about times or distance.

But, my little sister is running the Rock and Roll Half in Providence in September… and I’m starting to get the itch…  we will see what happens…

The Running Boom

I saw this infographic on Mother Fitness the other day…

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Kind of cool!  I am glad to be part of the resurgence of this sport, and was especially interested to see that the half-marathon is the fastest growing distance.  I guess I am part of that!

What is your favorite distance?  I like the half – especially the sense of accomplishment when it is over.  Although, my favorite training distance is a 10k, so maybe I should look for more races at that distance.

So much for a recovery week…

My recovery week ended today.  It started out pretty good – I did a lot of stretching and some yoga.  I also did a bit of shoveling (even though I said I would take it easy!), but took care of myself after I came inside.  The storm was definitely a factor in everything that happened over my recovery week (and it worked out well that I took the break when we were going to have such poor weather).  While I wasn’t handling the downtime perfectly, it was all going pretty well and I was looking forward to getting back into things.

Then, on Sunday, I returned from a family birthday party to a loud and strange sound.  My dogs didn’t greet me at the door (which was concerning!).  I ran in and searched the house, eventually finding that our kitchen was flooded.  A pipe burst over our kitchen and destroyed our cabinets, counters, floor and a few small appliances.  Ugh.  The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of clean-up, dealing with the insurance company, and lots of stress.  I can’t believe it.

Now, we have to wait a couple weeks until we get our insurance payment and can start the rebuilding process.  This means limited cooking for the foreseeable future, and general chaos in our house.  And, to be honest, I have not kept my fitness/health goals in mind.  I have definitely been stress-eating, and didn’t stretch, do yoga, run, or anything for several days.  I have 100 days to my sister’s wedding (I definitely want to lose more weight for that) and 74 days until my goal race – so no time to waste!

I’ve mentioned before that I struggle with super-strict programs, but I think I might need to switch to one right now.  As much as my own particular brand of craziness can resist specific programs, I don’t think my willpower can handle something flexible right now.  I will continue with my running (of course), but will add a more specific plan for food and cross-training, and add in some specific accountability.

But, on the bright side, I did have good run today (the weather was spectacular!).  I think I needed it even more than I realized.  It helped to burn off some stress and get me out of the craziness at my house.