enjoying every second of life and running


There She Is…

I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without posting. I know for me it was needed. Rob and I took a much-needed¬†vacation to Chicago and have been busy work and home projects. My running has felt stale for months. I really didn’t feel like it was anything worth writing about, to the point I was questioning if I have anything blog worthy to share.

Then in the past couple weeks my running started to change. Some of my paces have started to feel easier and I don’t feel as stale. More important than hitting a particular time, the smile that running brings has finally come back. Enjoying running again feels so great.

Yesterday I had my 22 Mile run on the treadmill with the Boston Marathon course and I thought “there she is…”, there is the old me, the old happiness that I remember. It was enough to decide that while my training and paces may not be noteworthy, that I will keep blogging because I always plan to have something to share about the races themselves and our adventures along the way.

I’m glad the happiness has come back in time for our trip to run Rock and Roll New Orleans. I hope to have lots to share about that this weekend! ūüôā

Thanks for the posts telling me to hang in there and to keep at it. I really appreciate all of the support!


It’s a Runner’s World


Monday (1/30):

Yoga 45 Mins

Tuesday (1/31):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 49:05, 8:11 Pace)

2012 January Stats:

Run: 209.1 Miles, Bike: 24.9 Miles, Strength: 3 hrs 35 mins

Wednesday (2/1):


Thursday (2/2):

6.1 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 53:22, 8:45 Pace)

2.9 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 25:18, 8:44 Pace)

Friday (2/3):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +4.5% Incline, 35:16, 8:49 Pace)

11 Miles Lactate Threshold w/ 6 Miles @ HMGP (Treadmill, 1:26:15, 7:51 Pace)

Saturday (2/4):

7 Miles Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +4.5% Incline, 59:17, 8:29 Pace)

Sunday (2/5):

20 Miles Long (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +6.5% Incline, 2:43:00, 8:09 Pace)

Weekly Total: 57 Miles

Monday (2/6):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 54:41, 9:07 Pace)

I tried out¬†the chia seeds!¬†I put a tablespoon into my blended green monster. They start out looking like poppyseeds¬†and then they¬†absorb the moisture in the smoothie and puff up a bit. They have no taste that I noticed and weren’t too annoying (not like a strawberry seed can be in a smoothie). I didn’t notice any instant benefits from it, still I will keep them as a part of my smoothie and yogurts.

Also, I got us registered for some races including 2012 Chicago Marathon and can you believe the race is already SOLD OUT?! How amazing!! I’m so excited to get to race Chicago Marathon again and I’m happy that so many people are interested too!

We also got registered for the 5K during the Boston Marathon weekend! We didn’t run the 5K last year when we were there for the Boston Marathon so we definitely wanted to this year as a fun run prior to the main event!


Not an Easy Decision

If you are a regular reader of my blog or a friend of ours you know that I’ve been on the Often Running Racing Team for the last two seasons. It’s been an amazing opportunity that I never could have even imagined possible when I started running back in 2007. Because I came from¬†no running background being on the team had extra meaning to me and with that I put pressure on myself to always bring my best to each race.

However, over the last year my health and schedule has made it hard to get in a good training cycle. It’s affected my blogging, I’ve been a slacker in posting to the blog¬†because I hate feeling negative and I like to keep the blog as positive as possible. Then¬†I started to dread some of my training runs, knowing that they feel completely miserable.¬†

So eventually I realized that I need to recognize that running may not be something I do competitively right now. I need to be able to let my running and racing happen as it fits my schedule and address my health issues.¬†I need to fall back in love with running than it feeling like a “job” that I suck at. ¬†It was so hard to admit that this is something I’m going through and that it wasn’t going to go away with one race or a training cycle.

I respect what the team stands for and I want them to have someone who can fulfill the duties to the fullest. I look forward to seeing them at the races and cheering them on. They continue to improve and amaze me every season. Thank you to ORRT and adidas for supporting me not only in my racing seasons, but also with this difficult decision.