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TCSNYC Marathon

What. A. Race.
TCS New York City Marathon

I teared up when Shalane crossed the finish line. This was her race and her moment to shine and I so glad everything fell into place for her! She get to end her career the way she wanted to, and I think that was such a cool thing.

She was the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon.

I am inspired by women like Shalane, Kelly and Stephanie. Not only are they badass runners, but they are advocates for a clean sport, mothers, boss ladies, and so much more.

While my eyes were glued to my phone for the women’s race, I did care about the men’s race solely for one runner — Meb Keflezighi. This was his 26th and final marathon. It’s been so fun to watch his career and this was still a great race for him. He finished 11th, but you could tell how much pride he had for this sport.

So while I watched and cheered for all the runners in the marathon Sunday morning, that night when we got home from Tennessee I hopped on my treadmill with no music and thought about why I run.

Nothing is more inspiring than watching someone run a marathon. Hopefully one day I can do the same.

LINKS
Check out some of these stories from around the web on yesterday’s race.

The race that no one could take away from Shalane Flanagan.
This U.S. woman took 26 minutes off her PR to place 5th at the New York City Marathon.
In Meb’s final marathon, exhaustion and emotion.

Just search #TCSNYCMarathon on Twitter. Your heart may explode.

Running Check-In

Hiiii! I know it’s been a hot minute since I actually discusses how my running was going, so I thought I would fill you in.

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For a while, the treadmill and I were having a moment. I didn’t want to see it, think about it and I definitely didn’t want to run on it. Actually, I think that was my relationship with running for a while.
But now, I am back! Isn’t it weird how we can have such a hot and cold relationship with something we love? I think since the temps have dropped and fall is officially here I am more into running. It’s not miserable, my endurance is still there and only getting better and I’ve pulled out my pretty running tights.

I’ve done a few trail runs and a couple runs around my parent’s subdivision, but for the most part I am running on our treadmill. It’s convenient and Murphy can play in the garage while I run. (It’s basically dark when I get off work now, so running outside, alone in the dark is a no-go.)

I’ve been running about 4-5 days a week 2-4 miles at a time. I’m staying right below a 10 minute/mile pace and for now, I’m happy with that. I’ve been incorporating speed workouts at least once a week and still lifting some weights + doing some abs.

Like I mentioned in my Friday Favorites post two weeks ago, I’m planning on running a 5 miler the weekend before Thanksgiving and I’m looking forward to racing again! I haven’t done a 5 mile race in a looong time, so I don’t really have time expectations, just out there, finish and have fun.

How often do you run on a treadmill? Which season do you use it the most? Have any tips for not hating it all winter?

Post-Halloween treadmill and weights workout

Anyone else eat way too much Halloween candy last night? I may or may not had opened a bag of Reese’s pumpkins and ate them while watching This Is Us. Oops.

So, if you feel blah today because of too much sugar and sweets last night, I have a fast but hard workout for you to do today! It combines running and some bodyweight movements — the best of both worlds!

5 minute warmup — a good mix of walking and running.

30 seconds ALL OUT SPRINT.
30 seconds recovery.
Repeat x5.

***You should be running so fast that maintaining that speed for longer than your chosen interval time feels impossible.

Squats: 3 sets of 10; at the end of each set, hold the pose for 10 seconds.
Lunges: 3 sets of 5 on each leg; hold the pose for 10 seconds at the end of each set.

5 minute cool-down — a good mix of running and walking.

Crazy weather, random tidbits and Halloween movie suggestions

This weekend was so random as far as the weather goes. Saturday was sunny and 85, Sunday was rainy and 62. Kentucky weather is crazy.

My workout on Saturday included a run at the park, an hour at the gym and mowing my yard (which is definitely a workout. Push mowing ditches is no joke.)

Sunday included watching football and taking Murph on lots of walks in between the rain. I also squeezed in a run late in the day! Fall running is the best. The leaves are starting to change and the park was so pretty! Even if it was a little chilly, at least I didn’t feel like I was dying five minutes into run.
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Other random tidbits from the weekend:
• Running is hard. Eating healthy can be difficult. But having the opportunity to do both of those things is a privilege. Sometimes I get so caught up in worrying about my times and my calories that I forgot that not everyone has that choice. I am thankful for the fact that I am able to fun. I am thankful for a job that allows me to buy healthy and fresh food (which is often more expensive). Trying to remember this next time I throw myself a pity party.
• Owensboro is #11 on this list of places where millenials are moving. So that’s neat!
• If you need inspiration for a race costume or something for Halloween, Janae at Hungry Runner Girl had a great post rounding up some of her favorites from her readers. There are so many good ideas!
What makes the Proverbs 31 woman so fearless. <– Such a great read!

How was your weekend? I want to hear all about it! Leave a comment of your favorite memory from this weekend. 

Also. I’m in the mood to watch ALL THE HALLOWEEN MOVIES. What’s your favorite? I need recommendations! I plan on watching Hocus Pocus at some point this week. 
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A little something to remember

When I first got interested in running, (like for fun, not because I had to at soccer practice) I started learning about the key players in the world of running and racing.

Steve Prefontaine was one of the first I remember reading about and becoming obsessed with. His drive, his passion, his life — was all so mesmerizing.

Also. He had the best quotes. I saw this one on social media this week and it brought me back to when I was in high school and just learning about the sport of cross country. Every week I gave it my all even though I was slowest on my team. But I knew I was emptying my bucket and giving it everything I had.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

I want to encourage you all to not sacrifice your gift. Today, give it your all.

Working out and traveling

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always do my best workouts on the weekends. I don’t have as many time constraints, I can focus on my workout and I have plenty of time to stretch, warmup and cool down. 

But when I travel on the weekends, I feel like I can’t get workout as well as I want.

 

* I had to include this hilarious picture I took of Murphy while we were traveling. 

That was the case this weekend. We visited my in-laws in Tennessee and had a great time, but my workouts suffered. 

Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. My family is more important than any workout, but getting in one sweat sesh a day makes me feel better and helps me be the best version of myself. 

So while I didn’t get to run and have a killer total body workout, I did get it some solid movements and walks with Murph that worked up some endorphins.

So don’t beat yourself if you chose to spend time with family rather than working out. While I missed my workouts, I know they will be waiting for me Monday afternoon after work. 

My goal for August

Tomorrow starts my favorite month of the year! September is the start of fall, cooler weather, football season and mine and Ryan’s anniversaries! Our dating and wedding anniversaries are one day a part, so we have lots to celebrate this month. (Fun fact: We got married 364 days after we first started dating. So we literally came full circle in a year.)

Anyways, as I’ve mentioned on the blog before, earlier this year I was so hot and cold with running. I had passion and then I lost it. I found some mojo, but not enough to keep me training for a fall half marathon. So when I got my new Simplified Planner, I made a note on August 31 that I wanted to run 30 miles in August. (For some reason I thought there was only 30 days in August? Even though I clearly wrote my goal on 8/31. Insert face palm emoji.)
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Anyways. I did it! While I didn’t run a mile every day (not that that was ever the plan) I did reach my goal. It felt good to set a goal and stick to it. I’m now planning for 45 miles in September.

I’m trying to give myself more grace. Not excuses to not get stuff done, my room to breathe when things aren’t perfect.

Here’s to another great month!

45 minute interval treadmill workout

While I know many of you dread the treadmill, I’m here to encourage you to give this treadmill workout a try!

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This workout keeps things fresh pyramid intervals. To me, the change of pace helps keeps me motivated and push my limits — plus it keeps things from getting boring! This 45-minute plan is the perfect cardio workout to help incorporate intervals into your gym routine.

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I’ve found my running bug

For the last few months, I’ve gone back and forth from hating running to daydreaming of a half marathon. I tried to do some strength training. I watched yoga videos. But nothing stuck.

Well…I’m back! I’ve found my running bug again. Last week was my highest mileage week in a while and I’ve kept the momentum going.

I’ve been hitting the treadmill every day after work, I’ve been lifting, doing squats and eating healthier.

WHO AM I?

And I know this isn’t rocket science, but I feel 10 times better. The endorphins from working out after work give me a second wind to power through the night (whether it be work, cleaning, chasing Murphy around).

I’ve been eating more greens and less chips and I feel less bloated. I’ve lost three pounds this week. And while I don’t want to judge myself based on a number on a scale, it is nice to sometimes see numerical results.

I know this was a lot of rambling, but I just want you all to know that we all goes through the phases. Sometimes I’m on my game and sometimes I’m not. That’s life.

I try to remember that “this too shall pass” and that life is about balance.

Now I’m going to power through the day, run 3 miles after work and spend the night curled up on the couch eating ice cream with my two favorite boys.

Balance, y’all.