We all know that training and racing has peaks and valleys (unrelated, who else read that book?). Over the years I have had some amazing training runs and races where I actually felt the real runner’s high. I felt accomplished. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I have had terrible, disgusting training runs and races where I felt extremely disappointed and confused about why I “do this to myself”. Lately, it was the latter.
I mentioned a couple of months ago that I was going to really train for a 5k. I wanted to find that speed I had just *touched* upon back in the spring of 2013. I purchased a plan from Runner’s World (specifically, the “Break 20-minutes” plan) in order to attempt to shave some time off my 5k PR (21:57). I was going to modify the plan (obviously I am nowhere near the 20 min mark).
I started training a bit toward the beginning of July and that is when things got hectic at home (i.e. crazy toddler) and my commute has just been a total disaster lately, where my 90 min commute turned into 3-3.5 hours (each way) and it shook things up a bit. I was just TOO TIRED and it showed during my runs. Unfortunately (but necessary), I am a slave to the train schedule. Because the trains run about 45 minutes apart, I need to leave the house by a certain (early) time or I am late for work and I need to leave my office by a certain time or Jennie is ready for bed by the time I get home. I knew I couldn’t add another schedule to my life. Despite feeling like I was giving up (you know, #noexcuses #motherrunner), I made the decision to nix the training and just run.
I am happier now. I don’t have a plan. If I want to run 3, 5, 6 miles or do some speedwork, I do it. They are slow and with friends and they are enjoyable. If I don’t want to run at all, I don’t. I am still keeping up with the yoga and cross training and I am genuinely happy.
8/9/15 informal 5k with my running group – 24 min finish
So that is what is going on in my running life.
Let’s discuss the blog now.
OBVIOUSLY there have been fewer posts. I was never one to force any writing just to hit the publish button. Every July, I get the notification for renewal of the URL and I seriously contemplated NOT renewing this year. But then I realized how much I love having this space to share my thoughts (even if they are erratic).
I want to blog more. Is there anything you want to read about? Now we all know that I am quite literally not an expert in anything but if there is anything you want me to write about, please share! Thanks for still reading this blog. I appreciate it (so does Jennie, it makes me look cool).