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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The One With My Thoughts On Running, As Of Late

I know I have been neglecting my poor little blog, however that is not my intention.  I am still in transition between jobs and still figuring out a new office, new responsibilities and a new routine. Hopefully things will settle down and I can actually have a few moments to devote some tender, loving care to this blog that I do in fact love.
As I said in a previous post, just because I’m not blogging doesn’t mean I’m not running, I’ve been running a lot actually. The other day while out on a run I just started contemplating what feels different about my running over the past month, so I thought I would share some thoughts with you.
Monday night I ran 9 miles, yes that’s right, 9!!! I was so stinkin’ proud of myself. I’m also proud because I kept a great pace (12:50) the entire time and still had energy to pull an 11:08 mile for the last mile!! This run felt almost effortless. The first 2 miles my right leg was in some pain, but I never let myself stop and eventually I found a great rhythm and just kept running. My legs felt strong and my endurance felt great.

This brings me to my second thought – I haven’t had one bad run in over a month! I’m not sure if this scares me or excites me. My runs generally fall into the pattern of good run, bad run, bad run, ok run, good run, etc. But I’m not joking when I say I haven’t had one bad run in over a month….I’m trying to relish the feeling without being too skeptical
On these so called “good run” I’ve found my endurance to be great. The pace is always conversational and I never truly feel winded. My legs generally ache from time to time but I feel over-all strong in my running and like I am able to continue on and enjoy it. This makes me excited to see what I’ll be able to do this fall as far as learning to grow and push my pace a little bit.
The cooler weather is making all the difference in the world when it comes to running. It’s so nice to be able to go out and just enjoy the weather and not be pouring sweat and worrying about dehydration.
I am genuinely excited about running a marathon, not even lying. It sounds strange, I know, but lately since all my runs have been good runs and I’ve felt so strong I can’t help but get excited about seeing how far my body will take me. A year ago I couldn’t even run a mile, today I feel strong and ready to conquer a marathon!
I’m still having lots of right leg pain; my IT band, hip flexor and glutes are a mess! And no, I still haven’t gotten that foam roller I said I would get two months ago. That is so happening tonight! The pain is manageable and not too intense, but I also know that it’s not normal and I need to do something about it NOW, lest I find myself sitting out of a lot of really fun races I have coming up. So today is the day, I will foam roll and work on being better about caring for myself.
On Sunday we have our 4th half marathon this year (4!! That’s crazy!!). It will be in Tyler and it’s a Boston qualifying course (nothing special really, it just sounds impressive). Two weeks ago I actually had the opportunity to run 8+ miles in Tyler, the hills were brutal! I’m not looking forward to that, but I am thankful I know what to expect. I’m actually very excited about Sunday because of all the good runs I’ve been having; I’m hoping that translates into a great race day!!
I’m still raising money for World Vision and so if you want to help out a good cause you can still make donations by clicking the World Vision logo on the top right of my page. The race is in 16 days. I will be running with my dad and stepmom as they complete their first ever half marathons! I’m so proud of them!
I have finalized, typed, printed and started using my official marathon training plan! I’m hoping to be able to get that onto my training page sometime in the next week (I would say by the end of this week, but let’s be real folks; I haven’t been too consistent with the blog lately!). I am excited to share it with you.

I think that’s about all I have for now….I probably could go on, but it would all be just ramblings, so I shall spare you.

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