About three weeks have passed since my last half-marathon — and you know what? I feel like I’m still recovering. Throughout those three weeks, I have been doing a few short runs, but I felt sluggish and fatigued from early on during those runs. It makes me think back to the day of my last half-marathon. And what I did during that time as a stepping stone towards recovering. (Or, perhaps, what I didn’t do that is hindering my recovery.)
This post is a little (or a lot) later than normal. And to be honest, it’s because my motivation is super low lately. To do anything. It’s like every year at this time my body wants to switch to hibernation mode. All I want to do is be in my sweatpants, in front of the fireplace, sleeping. Or eating. Or eating then sleeping.
It’s not good, but it’s real. And that’s what I want this blog to be.
Genuine — discussing both triumphs and struggles. Because I know I’m not alone. And I want you to know that you are not alone either.
Yesterday was my last half-marathon of the year: The Hot Cider Hustle in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I couldn’t have asked for better conditions considering it is October — in Wisconsin. It was cool and crisp at start time but sunny and calm. The perfect way to start a long run! But even so, I found myself nervous for this run. The last half-marathon of the year and I still had my “goal” time in mind.
Vinyasa. Savasana. Namaste. They may sound like made-up words but to yogis worldwide, they have great meaning. These words represent their practice. A practice that cleanses, restores, and rejuvenates. The practice of YOGA.
You have just put in endless weeks of training for your half-marathon or marathon. Each week, your mileage increased. You are feeling healthy, strong, and confident. You glance at your training schedule two weeks out, but wait… That can’t be right. You are ONLY running how many miles?
You have reached the TAPER period of your training. And as counter-intuitive as it may seem, the taper can be one of the most beneficial parts of that training.
My alarm sounded at 4:30 this morning but I was already awake. Today was my first half-marathon of two this fall and I was excited to see improvement from my previous half — but also nervous. I didn’t sleep well. With dreams about missing my alarm and then being late to the start line, I was checking the time constantly throughout the night.
I grabbed a cup of coffee as we left the hotel and headed to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the Maple Leaf Walk Run. The particular event is run by the YMCA of La Crosse to kick-start Oktoberfest. The course was along the parade route meaning the time limit for the half-marathon was 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Not too long ago, my family and I took on our very first Tough Mudder Half. I had never participated in one before, but I had my ideas and preconceived notions about how exactly the event went. And as we headed to start at 2:00pm on a comfortable September Saturday, I wasn’t exactly prepared for what we were about to do.
Wednesday greeted us with a rainy start but a little rain never hurt anyone! We threw our rain gear on and headed toward a beach trail near our rental. Our host had told us that this beach was a great place to find fossils and my Dad was on a mission to find one!
Monday morning of our Alaskan Adventure greeted us with sunshine and calm ocean waters. The perfect day for a fishing trip! Our charter was set to head out a little after lunch, so we had all morning to enjoy the scenery. I decided to head out for a quick run while everyone else got ready for the day.
I can’t believe that it’s been over a week since we got back from “The Last Frontier”. Our Alaskan adventure was certainly a trip of a lifetime and I am so thankful to have experienced it with my whole family. From fishing to glacier tours, hiking to gold panning, we did it all. It truly was an amazing week!