Friday, August 30, 2013

Running Lately...

Have you noticed that I haven't been that excited about running lately? Well there's a reason for that... it has sucked. That's a harsh blanket statement. What I should say is running hasn't come easily lately. The humidity has been sucking the life out of me. Charlie still sucks as a running partner. Ella's schedule has been throwing mine off. It just hasn't come easily...

I need this shirt...

Let's back up... I ran 4 out of the 7 days that I was on vacation. (Woot! Go me!) Those were rough runs. Even at 6:30 a.m. it was at least 75 & humid as all hell. But I kept thinking back to last year's vacation at the beach when I was carrying around 20 extra pounds of left over baby weight and was just learning to run. If I did it then, I can certainly gut it out now. I have come so far. That kept me going on those runs. Well, that & this song...

Mentally, I was in a strong place when I got home from vacation. I woke up Sunday morning & did 4 miles at a 9:30 pace, which is awesome for me. Then it rained on Monday & I decided that mall walking was better exercise than running. I kept thinking about my awesome run on Sunday though, so when I got home from school on Tuesday I laced up my sneakers and did something unheard of. I took the stroller out running with me. I never do this.... Why? Because it is HARD! My pace hovered at about 10 min/mile though, so I didn't suck too badly. And I felt like a total badass afterwards.

But then I woke up on Wednesday & my calves were absolutely killing me. They are not accustomed to running with the stroller (but oh they will be...) I stretched them out & decided a long walk might be in order for me that day....

And yesterday morning, I did something unheard of. I ran in the morning... before I went to work. I never do that. But, I was awake & Ella wasn't home. Those three miles happened because I was scrolling through Instagram & saw Mama Laughlin pounding it out with Skinny Meg. For Gods sake, Megan is pregnant & still kicking my ass... so I ran. It sucked. My time sucked. Charlie chased every God damn squirrel in the city. It was humid as hell. But, I ran and in my book every mile counts.

What is the point of this post? I have no idea. I'm just letting you know that running isn't always rainbows & butterflies. I definitely experienced a honeymoon stage of running while training for my half marathon. Sticking with it after the race has been a lot harder than I expected. But I continue to make the choice to run. You can too.

**Linking up with Miss Whitney today to #backthatazzup**


  1. Hilarious ... :)

    It is funny - after spending so much time in Kentucky this year for work I have not been bothered by the humidity up here. But then I run at 4AM so my biggest issue has been the descending fog this week (which turns into the humidity for you!)

    But you are right - there are good weeks and bad weeks ... but the important thing is to persevere through it all!

    Have a great long weekend!

  2. It's so humid here right now too and it's awful. I tried to do a run Sunday afternoon and I was SOAKED after 4 miles of intervals. My face was so red! I hate this humidity!

  3. ugh running has been death! I am trying to get ready for a half marathon and can not get over 5 or 6 miles with out dying! I feel your pain! But you are motivating me to get out there and keep going!

  4. It's funny that I read this post today.. I'm reallllllly behind on my blog reading but I found it inspiring. I have never been able to run. I know that sounds funny but I think, starting with walking will be a step in the right direction :)))

    x Nats