Hey yall! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted, but I was not feeling that great earlier this week. When you can’t swallow without being in pain, it’s best to not run. Granted that’s not what I wanted to do, but I thought I shouldn’t push it (plus my fiance wouldn’t let me). However, today I finally got a chance to run. My throat was still kind of sore but it wasn’t terrible. I was dying to run. It’s such a stress reliever it is not even funny.
My run went extremely well today. I ran extremely well all things considered. I managed to drag my butt out of bed and get up this morning to run. Proud of myself for that. My issue is just getting out of bed, once I get up I am ready to tackle the day. I ended up going 8 miles in roughly 73 minutes. However, I wanted to go 2 hours, but figured since I hadn’t run for a week it would end bad. Towards the end I could feel my hip (jacked it up on my last run). It hasn’t really hurt me, except when I run. After, it was kind of stiff and hurts once in awhile. I’m not sure what’s going on with it. The downside of my hip being an issue is because I broke them about 8 years ago, so it’s hard saying what’s up with it. I’m hoping to get new running shoes soon. Not that it will be the ultimate thing to fix my hip, but I’m hoping it will help a little.
Getting to the point of my title is because my fiance said something to me awhile ago that has stuck with me. He told me that my legs were ready for a half marathon, but mentally I was not ready. He got me really thinking about my mental state for this half marathon. In a sense I know he’s right, but the main time I quit thinking I’m ready for it is if I can’t run consistently. But then again, when I start running after a while I sart to think not so helpful thoughts. They’ll be along the lines of “why do I do this to myself,” “what’s the point, ” etc. So now I realize that I have to work on my mental state a great deal of I’m going to succeed as well as I want to. Generally, I don’t have negative thoughts but when it comes to running I apparently have quite a few. I now know what I need to work, which I realize I’ll always have.
Hey yall! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted but it was a crazy vacation. Trying to get back home was tougher than we planned on. It was so much fun in Hawaii! I did things I never thought I would do and shocked some people.
But hey I jumped off a cliff. That was something that was way out there for me. It was awesome though and a complete blast. Manged to knock my contacts out of place so I came up kinda blind. Eventually they fixed themselves and I climbed up the edge. Anyways I did a crap ton more and sometime I’ll post about it.
My run today was so much fun. For one thing I got to run outside and it has been awhile since I’ve run. Plus the weather was perfect for running outside! Being on vacation was tough to get a run in but it was so worth going with my family. My run today was slightly challenging with the water crossing the trail. I decided to only walk over it, because it was moving water and it was slick. I’m a clutz as it is so… I ran for an hour at about a 9.40 pace. Considering it’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve run, I say that was pretty good. Hopefully, now that I’m done traveling for weeks at a time I can get back into a consistent training routine. Getting back to a consistent routine will help me gain more endurance and hopefully speed.
The plus side of my whole run was this crazy puppy joined me for about 2 miles. Sweet Pea did so well considering she’s had some had some time off from running. But she was always ready to go every time I went by. Towards the end of her 2 miles she was dragging behind me. Still kinda keeping up, but she was having some issues. She’s always running around my apartment being a maniac. However, after that run she’ll be sleeping for awhile. That air mattress is my make-shift bed, since I’m a broke college kid and soon to be newlywed. Speaking of being a college kid, I also started grad school. That is super exciting!
So it has been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been on vacation! It’s been a blast being in Hawaii. While it’s been so much fun, I haven’t been able to get a whole lot of runs on. I did manage to get my one crazy long run in on Monday. I did manage to get one in today and just in the nick of time. Seems like towards the end of my run everyone showed up. Considering it’s been a week since I’ve run, I ran pretty well. Only had to stop for a quick bathroom break. It was fun to run on the ship. The cool down had me walk crazy slow at the end but it was still good. However, I wish the tvs on the treadmill wasn’t so big, and I could see outside. It did seem appropriate to watch Forest Gump while running. Definitely helpful when running because of the smiling and all the encouragement to keep running.
Before I went running though we went on an easy hike through the rain forest. Tried lots of different fruits and different edible plants. Our tour guide was so much fun. I even jumped off a cliff into the water. That’s way out there for me and I hardly ever do it. My contacts got messed up and I couldn’t see when she was talking to be after my jump but eventually they fixed themselves. It was a blast and my grandparents had so much fun as well.
Today’s run was amazing! I ran faster and farther than I’ve ever gone before. Somehow I managed to go 11.7 miles while adding incline. I ran inside because it’s quicker than trying to get to the park. I had a very busy day. Although, I did realize I get extremely bored running inside I’m a treadmill. Like ridiculously bored. I think adding inclines randomly helped a lot with my boredom. During this run I added inclines and speed, which isn’t always good to add both at the same time. I did not go faster when at an incline though.
In the beginning of my run I got crazy distracted because one side of the base of my neck looked swollen compared to the other. Had a slight heart attack but my fiance looked at it and my stress knot was just bigger on that side. Afterwords I got going and kept at it pretty well. Generally only stopped to drink and pee. I mainly just chugged water the whole time. For whatever reason, my mile that felt the most hardcore was my 6th mile. I’m not sure if it was because I had just walked a little or because I just finished running at an incline. I’ve realized that after the 8th mile I tend to get tired and want to stop. I mean I can’t blame my body but that doesn’t help in training.
Thankfully I was starting to get a runners high so I pushed through the exhaustion. I kept telling myself that I had less to run than what I had just run. I finished strong and was super pumped.
After running all of that I drove for 5+ hours to go home. Considering it’s Monday, there was quite a few cars out. It was a little confusing since no holidays are happening. It’s always nice being home, even if it’s for one night. This is one of the few times that its OK I won’t be home long. I get to leave for vacation tomorrow. I’m so stoked and hoping I can get a few long runs in. I know it won’t be easy but even a few would be better than nothing.
Another joy of driving for 5+ hours home is that once here I get to mow. My house is a gorgeous place and I really just wanted to take pictures instead of mow. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy mowing just not how long it takes. Mowing for another 2 hours after the long day I had was nonsense. It did need done since we are leaving on vacation, but I was tired and hungry. I mean I was ready to eat anything and everything.
Today my fiance was awesome enough to drive to to my place early, so we could walk/run outside. It has been so long since I’ve been able to go outside because of the humidity and heat. I ran over 6 miles today and enjoyed every sweaty moment.
Yesterday I ended up doing a pretty short run. I only went half an hour because I was having issues. I generally try to push past all pain iI feel because I consider it part of running. All the aches and pains are part of running long distance or even just running in general. However, this pain was consistent and I couldn’t just push it away. My fiance looked at my ankle and saw it was swollen and bruised. I’m still happy with my run because I ran well other than my ankle being annoying. I felt like I shouldn’t push my pain because I end up regretting it. The main reason I regret it is because I then can’t run for months, since I’ve hurt myself to bad. I also figured since I ran over 9 miles the day before it would be smarter to not push it, so I can keep training.
It was a great day to run outside because it was only 75 degrees with hardly any humidity. I ended up having a blast and ran with my pup! She didn’t run the whole time with me because she’s still learning, and I didn’t want to kill her. It was much nicer outside but still on the warmer side. She had a blast just being able to run around. Please excuse the awkward angle of the picture, but I was running at the same time.
She was so funny to watch as she ran around and sniffed everything. The first few times I ran past her I could tell she was upset. The last time I ran past her I could here her whining. I mean I had music blaring and was trying to concentrate, but I could still here that whine and high pitch bark. Needless to say she was happy when I took her to run. She enjoyed herself and pushed me like crazy. I was happy she pushed me to my limits. I’m hoping when it gets cooler she will be able to join me on some of my shorter runs. I did manage to get her tired which is hard.
I was super proud of my fiance because he’s gone he furthest walking as he ever has. Plus he patiently waited for me to finish as I ran past him many times. He pushed himself and keeps trying to be healthier.