Category Archives: Running

Love the Run

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This morning my alarm went off at 5:15am.  I woke up and headed out for my run. As I stood on my front steps I debated…start uphill or downhill?   I had a work event until late last night so I was a bit tired and decided that I’d start downhill.

As I was gliding down the hill, enjoying the quiet of the morning and the warm weather I couldn’t help but think about how life is like the hills of running.  Sometimes its uphill, sometimes it’s downhill.  Michael and I are rather lucky these days in that life seems like a downhill- things are falling in to place, we have a lot to celebrate, we’re gliding if you will.

I think one of the reasons I love running so much is that no matter what life throws at me, running always relates.  Running is always there.  Sometimes it’s the slow and steady long distance runs that remind me I have the stamina and strength to take on the marathons of life-like long projects, and extremely busy stretches.  Other times it’s the uphills that represent the challenges in life and remind me that I can overcome anything.  The downhills remind me of the easy stretches where you can coast through.  Speed work reminds me that with hard work and dedication we really do get better.  Those amazing runs where you feel like you can run forever and feel amazing are like those special moments in life where everything seems absolutely perfect.  And those tough runs where you want to quit and wonder why you do it represent those bad days we all have from time to time.

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There are times in life when I feel less connected to running.  I get out less often-maybe once a week- and when I do I don’t feel inspired to run more.  Today was not one of those days.  I felt so happy to be out running and lately that has been the trend- I’ve been increasing my number of runs per week and looking forward to each of them.  I love that I’m reconnecting to running and finding the joy in the good runs and bad runs.  I love that wherever life leads me, running will always be there.

How does running remind you of life?

Why I’m Not Running a Half Marathon or Marathon in 2014

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Remember when I said I wasn’t sure if I was going to run a race this year?  I finally made my decision and have decided NOT to run a half marathon or marathon this summer or fall.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make.  I’ve run a half marathon or marathon every year for the past 5 years.  I feel a little bit like I’m breaking a streak but it’s for a good reason.  With our wedding in early November I expect that I’ll be in the height of wedding planning in October.  And between now and then, we have a lot going on in life!  I really want to enjoy this time in my life.  I don’t want to be so busy that I’m ready for it to be over so I can relax.

See, I’ve tried and tried to run a race for fun.  I’ve tried to not worry about times and pace and my personal bests but every time I end up stressing out about my race.  I’m a competitor, it’s who I am.  I want to beat my PR every time and if I don’t I want to know I gave it my all and made every effort to do so.  If I know there is a finish line in sight, the competitor in me comes out in full force.

I know I could probably manage training and wedding planning if I really wanted to but I also have this knack for thinking I’m superwoman.  I think I can do it all and balance it all easily.  But then I get in the middle of it all and I get stressed out, overwhelmed, tried and ready for it all to be over.  So rather than live in denial and think I can do it all, I’m being proactive and setting myself up for success.

The Big Day!

The Big Day!

Running has been really fun and relaxing lately.  I’m excited that it will continue to be that for me and won’t add to the stress of my life or wedding planning.  I love knowing that it will help keep me calm and healthy in preparation for our wedding!

So that friends, is why I won’t be running a half marathon or marathon in 2014.