back on the wagon

Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: running | Tags: | 2 Comments »

Today I laced up & went running for the first time since before Thanksgiving. I’m not sure exactly why I went on a two month hiatus, but I think it had to do with the intense amount of training I was attempting (I jumped into a 10k training program after my 5k), not to mention the stress of finals, holiday traveling, and of course, cooler temps. I mean, the temperature isn’t too bad around here of course, but the earlier sunset meant my evening running routine didn’t work as well.

Now that the holidays are over & we’ve had extraordinarily mild weather, I knew I needed to hit the pavement. But I kept putting it off. And putting it off. Then last night I had the worst time trying to fall asleep, and I knew it was time. Sleep should not be hard to come by if you are healthy! The straw that broke the camel’s back though was this morning when I was moping around the kitchen, head in my hands, having a little self-pity party, feeling super depressed for no reason at ALL. Moody as I may be, I’m smart enough to recognize annoying behavior in myself and I knew right away that today was the day I needed to get back out there! My moods are always so much better when I’m exercising regularly.

My run went well, but my break added a few minutes to my 5k time. It’s amazing how quickly you can lose all that training! I feel great though, and only felt like I might throw up once. Excellent!

Now I don’t feel quite so guilty about devouring that super-size vegetarian lasagna.

Photo: livehealthyworkhard


Posted: October 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: running | Tags: , , , | 8 Comments »

I did it! And I loved it! Perhaps best of all was that I beat my own personal best time – finishing at 28:17:03, averaging 9:08/mile and placing 11th in my division (25-29F). I think I placed 135th out of all females & 429th overall, which isn’t quite as impressive, but I was running alongside some elite athletes, and this was my FIRST race! I didn’t know my time until many hours later today, and to say I was shocked would be an understatement. When I saw a dad with a baby stroller pass me, I thought for sure I was going to have a super low ranking.

It was a truly awesome experience, and as soon as I caught my breath, I wanted to go again. I think I am addicted! I am so looking forward to the next, and training for a 10k!

Huge thanks to my husband for waking up at 5am with me on the day after he got home from his work trip in Chicago, just so he could watch me cross that finish line. I love him!

(that’s me in the blue shorts, looking sweaty but triumphant)

happy early birthday

Posted: September 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: family, life, love, running | Tags: , | 5 Comments »

I have the cutest husband ever. Woke up this morning to find a little polka dot package on my desk.

It was an early birthday gift from J, an iPod nano, which I had expressed interest in a while back because of how challenging it is to run while holding my phone. I kind of knew he would get it for me, so he wanted to make when I got it a surprise (my bday is still 2 weeks away). How thoughtful is he!

I also had no idea what color he’d pick. All I said was, “no pink!” but I was secretly hoping he’d get this pretty orange one! I was so happy. I can’t wait to go running again on Monday night. I was so excited, I registered for my first 5k immediately after. 28 days til the big race!

goal: reached!

Posted: August 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: health, running, school | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

It’s been a very busy week so far, as I anticipated! Lots of scrambling around trying to get into the rest of my classes (all the animal science classes are full, but so far I’ve gotten into two of them, maybe 3!) But so far, I love love love school. I mean, sure I haven’t really started the hard work yet… but even talking about the material and being around people that share my passion is so energizing.

Speaking of energizing, I’m just popping in to update that I ran for 31 minutes tonight! Yes, I officially passed my running goal!! I wasn’t planning on it at all, I was planning on doing a 28 minute run, but when my time was up, I just kept going. I ran until I got to my house and it turned out to be just about 31 minutes. The craziest thing is, I didn’t even feel like I had to stop… I could have totally kept going. The past couple runs have actually been oddly easy… I’m not sure if I passed some kind of a threshold or what, but all of the sudden it’s like my body remembers what’s going on and pushes through without any problem. Even the hills that I usually struggle on are a piece of cake. It feels unreal… I don’t mean to brag, but I am so, so proud of myself! I guess this means I need to start working on a new goal. Speed, perhaps? Or I might integrate cycling into my “off” days. We’ll see.

Hope you’re all having a great week! Xo


Photo: Nike ad from 1988. Found here

proud runner

Posted: August 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: health, running | 17 Comments »

I feel like I may soon be able to actually classify myself as a ‘runner’ – though a part of me still thinks that term is reserved for more elite, seasoned athletes. But today I am feeling pretty proud, because I just ran twenty five minutes without stopping for the first time in my life. Ahhh! I can hardly believe it now, much less when I was actually huffing & puffing out on the pavement. These little achievements & milestones are one of my favorite things about running (also up there: feeling strong, being healthy, and having alone time). Just last Friday I crossed the 20 minute mark and I have already broken that personal record. I can see why people become addicted to this.

It’s absolutely bonkers to think that a little more than two months ago I could not run a single minute without feeling like I was going to pass out and/or melt into a puddle on the sidewalk. But I made a promise to myself, a commitment to make fitness and my health more of a priority (NOT to be skinnier at all, that is soo not the point of this). I started out alternating running for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds, working my way up to lengthier runs and shorter walks, and now I have reached the point where I don’t walk at all, except to warm up & cool down. It’s been HARD. Hard to motivate myself to get out of bed, hard to actually stretch before leaving the house (the most boring part of running if you ask me), and extra hard to push through those really tough stretches when you have to start mentally cheerleading yourself just to keep going.

Aside from the week that we moved, I haven’t missed a day. I’ve wanted to, for sure, but I’ve stuck to my guns (it helps to wake up & immediately put on running shorts). In a strange sort of way, I’ve become kind of protective over my runs. It’s become a part of my routine. The thought of skipping a run makes me feel defeated and lazy. I really don’t know how I managed to live this many years without having something like this in my life. I crave that sense of accomplishment – it’s the best feeling ever! Yes, there are moments when I’m running up hills where I seriously want to scream – if I had any breath, that is. But in the end, it’s more worth it than you can imagine. And it really doesn’t take that long – about 30 minutes, 45 when you factor in getting dressed, stretching, drinking water, etc.

I don’t think I have shared much about my new running program here, but after reaching this milestone today I wanted to scream it from the rooftop because I am proud of my hard work. I figured it was a good time to comment about it. I’m definitely not done – my first real goal is 30 minutes without stopping, but I think I’ll be there in a few more weeks. And then I think I may have to find a 5k!

Are there any other runners reading? What’s been the biggest hurdle for you, mentally & physically? What’s the biggest accomplishment?

Photo: I think it’s a Nike promo shot, but I found it here.