Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Having Fun

First I have to say I am really loving running again.  Last week I finally got back up over 80 miles and I am hoping for the same this week.  I love when my legs get to a point in training when they just love the miles.  Now onto my real post :):

Last year I was lucky enough to connect with Run Like a Mother (a 5k race for women on Mother's Day).  They needed local runners to train women who wanted to run the 5K.  I met with the runners once or twice a week and absolutely loved the experience.  There is nothing like helping others get their running legs and see how proud they are on race day.  It really is an awesome experience.  I am pretty sure the trainers get more out of it than the new runners.  I liked it so much that I signed up to do it again this year.

 AND then... a group of my friends wanted to get into running.  Yay!!! So I set up a weekly running session for my buddies around the lake.  We have now been meeting once a week for 3 months and it is so much fun.  These weekly sessions have really helped me get my mojo back.  I think I needed to turn my running energy elsewhere and this training others has really helped me.

So if you are having trouble finding your mojo I recommend turning your running energy elsewhere. A new experience can be just what you need.

Happy Running!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Things are Looking Up

After months of feeling off I am finally feeling like myself again, yay!!!!  Sometime last summer I picked up a staph infection, that stuff is nasty and it was misdiagnosed by two doctors.  I went through multiple rounds of antibiotics and now I think I am finally rid of it and I am feeling better.  Wahoooo!!!!!  I now wonder if that played a role in my issues at Heartland, who knows. 

For months I would head out to run and just feel horrible, like I was running in sand, I couldn't make my legs move.  It was a huge struggle to get 50 miles/wk in and my long runs were short.  I was starting to think maybe it wasn't the medicine maybe I was just out of shape and had lost my will to run and then...THIS WEEK MY LEGS CAME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am so relieved.  I feel so happy.  I am not in my usual shape but I am in doing ok.  I got in 21.5 yesterday and felt great, Monday I ran 13 and then went to crossfit for 200 air squats, 100 box jumps and 50 Dead lifts.  I am me again.  Emotionally I feel like a ton of bricks have been taken off my back.  It is so hard to not feel right and not know why. 

Because I am somewhat out of shape I am not going to run Boston on Monday.  I don't think I am ready to run a marathon and then an ultra 5 days later.  I do still plan to do the Jack Bristow 50miler, I won't be going to defend my title, that is unrealistic at this point but I know after this week that I can finish it.  I can run 50 miles no doubt.  Oh MAN it feels so good to say that. 

Happy Running All

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Crossfit Round 2

A little over a year ago...

Wait a second...maybe I should address my absence from the blog?  There is no good excuse.  I just sort of lost my drive after Heartland but since then I have done the Goofy (a 1/2 and full marathon back to back) and have continued running I just haven't been putting in my normal miles.

So, a little over a year ago I tried Crossfit.  I really did enjoy the intensity of the workouts but, I just got too many injuries, too fast, to stick with it.  Since then, I have been missing the workouts and the hardcore nature of the box (crossfit gym).  Well, I found a solution.  A new box.  A different set of coaches.  A different way of doing things.  While I liked the other box it was a bad fit for me, they were really into competing.  My intention was always to use crossfit as a means to cross train.  I am now at a box that is really into proper technique, has scaled work outs posted (love that) and has some intense warm up sessions.  I think I have found a great fit for me.  There is a lesson to be learned here.  I think I thought all box's would be the same but they aren't. You might have to look around a bit to find one that works for you. 

I have only been back for 3 sessions but I am so excited.  This also gives me a little break from running and right now I desperately need a little break.  I have lost a little bit of drive for miles. I think shaking it up a little will really help me.  I can't shake it up too much because I have a ridiculous racing schedule coming up but, well... it is what it is.  I will run what I can and enjoy some intense cross training and let the cards fall where they may.  If this year is a bust for ultras then I have to be ok with that. I have been keeping my mileage between 50-70 per week which isn't bad but certainly isn't enough.   I will be back training like a maniac soon I am sure but for now, those 30 milers back to back to back are sidelined.

Happy Running All