Mother's Day weekend is off to a great start! And I must say...I LOVE this running for fun gig! I'm so happy not to be training for something specific right now. Running for the pure joy of running is just what I need right now in this season of my life. And that's just it, it's a season. It won't be long before I'll be craving another goal race and I'll be printing off my training plans, visualizing goals, being conscious of bedtimes and race nutrition, etc. Until then, bring on the fun running. And it has been just that. Fun. Wonderful. Freeing. My focus has shifted from tempos, marathon pace runs, and endurance work to...
body and spirit
tell me that I
I don't really log my mileage when I'm not training but if I really think about it, I'd say I've run a total of 50 miles since Boston. Not per week. Total. How many weeks has that been? Four? Well, I took the first 2 weeks off completely and then I've worked my way back into running very very slowly. My longest run has been a 10 miler just a few days ago but I'm mostly running between 4 to 6ish miles when I run. I've been spending my time focusing on:
- Seeing a Chiropractor to get some things figured out with my spine/hips/feet
- Going to a Physical Therapist to strengthen my hips, glutes and get this quad healed up.
- Running slow and easy (no speed)
- Strength...nothing too focused but definitely hip and glute work in addition to push ups, pull ups (I'm up to about 5 or 6 again...hope to do 8 to 10 by end of summer...10 proper pull ups), lunges, squats, dips, etc. etc.
- Loving my body with where its at. I think women get better at this with age perhaps. I'm definitely up in weight compared to a year ago but I'm really embracing my fuller legs/buns that come with more hills and strength. My jeans are tighter in the legs but I feel STRONG. And my husband likes the extra curves so I'm hoping that some of that stays on as I increase mileage. Unfortunately, the boobs are the FIRST to go as I increase my fitness level. Oh well, I've come to find myself really embracing the small boobs these days too. It goes with the whole package...strong, lean, fit, and flat. Ha!
- Being positive with myself and being open to trying new things....Like my first Trail Race next weekend. I'm in no condition to seriously race a 30k trail race but I'm going to have fun and be prepared to run strong and happy and slow...oh, and I'll fully prepared to die! Ha! It's called the Cradle to the Grave 30k. Excited! It looks beautiful. And I'll be able to wear my new Brooks PureGrit2s!
- Running Hills. I have no choice if I'm going to run outside in Asheville, NC. So much hillier than where I came from. And I don't mind...I think these hills are going to help so much. Beats the Treadmill (which I haven't trained on in what feels like FOREVER).
Today was my first fun Asheville race. My husband and I ran the Ramble Run 12k together. Oh what a course! Holy Hills. Glad we weren't out to race race. Considering my lack of training right now, I would have killed myself on those hills instead of have had fun on them like I did today!
What a beautiful run! Not only did I get to run with my best friend, but we had fun doing it. The race offered free child care through the YMCA and then we picked the kids up to run their Kid Run. So, the whole family raced.
I was pleasantly surprised to win 1st place in my AG. I'll take it. Glad most of the people ran the 5k. I'm perfectly happy with a 7:48 average on a very hilly 12k course considering we were running close to 9:45 pace on those up hills. It felt great to finish with a smile and talk a bit with my husband during the race. Such a different feeling to run for fun as opposed to a time goal. Gosh, I've missed running with him!
Then I came home to find a box of more Mother's Day love! My new pair of Brooks PureGrits2 and PureFlows for my 8 year old daughter. Love sharing what I love with my kids.
It's a good day! Happy Mother's Day Mamas!