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.)
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.
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.
I began running about 7 years ago solely with the intention of aiding in my weight loss journey. As I incorporated the extra cardio into my new, healthy lifestyle, it definitely helped me shed some of those pounds. And I was ecstatic!
But when the weight loss seemed to plateau, I knew it was because I was becoming efficient at running. My body had adapted to what I was asking it to do. I knew that I needed to change up my workout in order to “surprise” my body back into weight loss. I thought increasing my mileage would do the trick and help me drop a few more pounds… Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
I can’t believe that it is already August! This summer is flying by — they say that’s what happens when you are having fun, right? And I plan on August being awesome. There are SO many things I am looking forward to this month. I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you!
But before all the excitement begins, I want to share my August aspirations. Not only does sharing these goals get them “out” into the world, but sharing my ambitions also holds me accountable.
I hope July finds you all happy, healthy, and enjoying the summer months that are finally finding their way to us! I know that I am certainly taking advantage of the warmer weather to get outside and log some miles! And with another turn of the calendar page, it’s time for July goals — and starting out with a BANG!
So you’ve been running for a while now. You have participated in multiple 5ks, a few 10ks, and all the miles in between. And like any natural competitor, you begin to look for the “next” big challenge. Maybe it’s a better time or faster speed… Or maybe it’s distance. The elusive half-marathon is a much sought after race distance but to be successful, you need to enter the race with a plan!
You need a Half-Marathon Training Plan!
I have always wanted to learn how to juggle.
While working the graveyard shift at a Helpdesk in college I tried to teach myself. I’m pretty sure that I would get three tosses in, realize that I’m actually juggling and drop everything.
Needless to say, I still can’t juggle. And regardless of hand-eye coordination, we all balance a lot of responsibilities in everyday life. Trying to find time for fitness can be tough but definitely is a MUST do to live a happy, healthy life. Read More
Once again, April was a fast month (Which one isn’t, right? And when did that happen?? I feel like as a child the days and weeks draaaaggggeeeddd on. Now, they fly by before you even realize that they started.) but it is time to start thinking about May goals!
Time doesn’t stop. And neither will I! I am constantly striving to improve myself –to become a better person, wife, and runner. And I truly believe that running helps me accomplish my first two objectives.
Today was a no good, very bad day. Work was crazy. I burned myself cooking dinner. And don’t even get me started on my run. Tonight’s run was supposed to be a 4 mile run with negative splits. Instead, it was a 3 mile run in which I felt like I was going to die the ENTIRE time.
Have you ever had a run like that?